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Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

If you're looking to see your favorite student walk the graduation stage, turn to Cox Cable channel 96 or head to its website.

Cox Communications, in partnership with the Clark County School District, Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center, will broadcast local high school graduation ceremonies from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 29. The Cox 96 broadcasts will also be available via streaming video at www.Cox96.net and follow the broadcast schedule.

The majority of graduation ceremonies originating from the Orleans Arena (OR) will be broadcast live while ceremonies originating from the Thomas & Mack Center (TMC) will be tape delayed. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13

Teachers Treated To Special Luncheon At Lowman Elementary School

Teachers at Zel & Mary Lowman Elementary School got a surprise last week! Not only were they treated to a home cooked lunch courtesy of Principal Kathy Konowalow, they were also served by members of the Lowman Elementary Student Council.

Konowalow brought in her special family recipe meatloaf and chicken, macaroni and cheese and snow peas.  In addition, the teachers went home with something that should make their lives a little easier to keep organized. The Cannery Casino has "adopted" Lowman Elementary and its neighboring school Jacob E. Manch Elementary. 

Every year the Cannery provides a Teacher Appreciation gift near the end of the school year and this year chose to provide each instructor with an organizer emblazoned with "Together We Can Make A Difference". The Cannery will also be inviting Lowman and Manch teachers to come have lunch at the Cannery Row Buffet next month to honor their work and dedication to students.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.

Escobedo, Legacy Win Big at Music Competition

Escobedo Middle School and Legacy High School's Chamber Ensemble claimed top honors at the "Notes to Grow" music competition for local middle and high schools Saturday at Leavitt Middle School.

Both schools received $8,000 for their first-place finishes. A total of $36,000 in prize money sponsored by Las Vegas area Walmart and Sam's Club stores was divided among seven area schools’ music programs.

Local middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting.

Jump Rope for Heart at Manch Elementary School

Students at Jacob E. Manch Elementary School literally jumped their way to better health.  With help from their PE teacher, Lara Heifner and Principal Diane Lewis, the students decided to take part in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. It required them to learn about the importance of heart health, to take part in regular exercise, and learn ways to increase their heart rate and why it's important for them to do that. These lessons were spread throughout the month.

The campaign culminated with a big event on the school's blacktop play area on Thursday, February 24th, 2011.  Hundreds of kids took part in a massive jump-a-thon. To help support this positive campaign, The Cannery Casino & Hotel, which frequently assists the school with activities, decided to give the kids something to be proud of.  The Cannery donated $1,000.00 to the American Heart Association on behalf of all the kids.  That money will help the Heart Association spread this positive health message to even more schools next year.