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Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

 As many students are in need of math remediation when they enter Nevada State College, the college has created unique solutions to encourage math mastery, including a math skills challenge program, known as Math Boot Camp, as well as a modular remediation course. NSC will now be able to expand both of these math programs thanks to an $11,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The grant from Verizon will fund the conversion of the current NSC Math Boot Camp skills challenge into a web-based, interactive, real-time challenge as developed by NSC math professor, Dr. Aaron Wong. 

Trees for Auction at Library Fundraiser

 

Holiday trees will light up a special fundraiser for Henderson libraries Friday night.

Residents and dignitaries will gather to raise funds with a silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths and baskets. The money raised will go towards the teen collections at libraries in Henderson.

Last year’s event raised more than $24,000 for the juvenile collection. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. Besides the auction, there will live entertainment and holiday treats.

Fundraiser Being Held for Family of Young Man Killed

 

Friends of a young man killed while crossing the street are raising money for the family through an agreement with Buffalo Wild Wings.

The fundraiser for Lucas Ruiz-Brenes is going on until 11 p.m. Wednesday at 617 Mall Ring Circle next to the Galleria at Sunset. People interested in participating just need to tell their server that they are there for the fundraiser. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of the final bill to Ruiz-Brenes’ family.

Fifteen-year-old Lucas Ruiz-Brenes was hit and killed on October 30 while trying to cross a street in Henderson. The driver accused of hitting Ruiz-Bernes is facing DUI charges. 

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

Books and Buddies is a reading mentor program sponsored by Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy non-profit group, that matches elementary school students from a list of 26 adopted schools with adult mentors from the community. The organization has been serving low-income children and families from the adopted schools within the Clark County School District since it was founded in 2001.

Volunteers interested in helping kindergarten through fifth-grade students improve their reading proficiency, comprehension, and verbal recitation skills are encouraged to make a minimum 12-week commitment for one hour a week. Training will be provided and fingerprinting for background checks will be required.

Volunteer Contact

Libbi Erickson

Office: (702) 564-7809

Libbi@spreadthewordnevada.org

 

Cupcake Shop Offers Special for Breast Cancer Awareness

 

The Cupcakery is remembering Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special cupcake and fundraiser.

The cupcake shop’s two stores are offering the Tickle Me Pink cupcake. The shops will donate $1 from purchase of the specialty cake from now until the end of the month. The money will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate in southern Nevada.

The Cupcakery has a shop at 9680 S. Eastern Avenue and at 7175 W. Lake Mead Boulevard.

Library Receives Donation

The Henderson Library District received a big donation that will help build its book collection.

Philanthropists Bobby and Sandy Ellis donated $25,000 to the district as part of the $1 for a Million Campaign. The campaign aims to raise a million dollars in donations from April 2011 to April 2012. The money would be used to buy more books for the district's six libraries. The total raised is $39,193 including the Ellis donation. 

The Ellis family has made generation donations to libraries in the past. Earlier this year, the family gave the Green Valley Library $25,000 to create a study and socializing area for teenagers. The Teen Lounge will open on September 20. 

 

Restaurant Week Aids Food Bank Through Dining Deals

More than 120 restaurants will take part in what will be a two-week event this year.

Five years ago, Three Square was a fledgling food bank that was trying to raise both funds and awareness about hunger in Southern Nevada. Its inaugural Restaurant Week, the goal of which was to do both, involved 51 restaurants.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal