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Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

 

Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Free Bowling for Good Grades

Free Bowling for Good Grades

Boyd Gaming wants to reward students for doing well in school. It is starting a new “Making the Grade” program which gives kids free games of bowling for good grades.

The program is open to elementary, middle and high school students. The offer will be good at bowling facilities at the Gold Coast, Sam’s Town and Suncoast. Students will get two free game passes for every A earned in the most recent grading period. They will also get one free game pass for every B earned.

To redeem the offer, students must bring in their latest report cards and get a membership with Kidz Klub. The club is a free bowling rewards program.

The game passes can be used whenever lanes are available between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a limit of one free game per day. Passes will expire after six months. There is also a charge for shoe rentals and additional games. A parent or guardian is required for children 12 years old and under. 

Spring Valley High School Heads to Paris

Spring Valley High School Heads to Paris

A special opportunity is almost here for a group of local high schoolers.

Lessons about Serbia, Costa Rica and Italy will no longer be confined to the classroom when Spring Valley High School students serve as delegates representing those countries during the Paris Model United Nations (PAMUN).

The event, a once in a lifetime opportunity enjoyed by only five schools across the United States, allows students the opportunity to research and represent a variety of United Nations member countries, while also working with fellow student delegates from across the globe. The exercise in international diplomacy and conflict resolution takes place from December 1-4 in Paris, France.

Spring Valley High School was selected for the program in June, after the school decided the endeavor was a worthwhile experience for students and submitted an application.

Santa at Town Square Offering Reservations

Santa at Town Square Offering Reservations

 

Hello, Santa? Yeah, we’re on our way.

If you’ve made a list and checked it twice but you don’t want to wait in line to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice, then reserve your seat with Santa at Town Square. Three easy options are available for photos with Santa starting Saturday.

Patrons can visit www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com, call 1-855-57SANTA to make a reservation or check in at Santa’s House in Town Square Park. It’s all part of the Qline system that Town Square has implemented to shorten the wait for photos with Santa Claus.

Waterpark Targeting Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Waterpark Targeting Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Developers of a new southern Nevada waterpark Monday announced the beginning of construction of a massive aquatic complex.

“Splash Canyon” officials will target Memorial Day weekend in 2012 for a grand opening. Expected eventually to cover a 40-acre area larger than that of Wet N Wild, Las Vegas’ original waterpark on the northern Strip, the operation could create hundreds of seasonal jobs. Job fairs are tentatively planned over the next few months to fill those positions.

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously to approve the project in June, and construction is under way on the site in preparation for the installation of millions of dollars in slides, wave pool and water play equipment currently in production. Splash Canyon Waterpark can be visited on the Web at www.splashlv.com.

First School of Rock Open

First School of Rock Open

Las Vegas’ first School of Rock is now open.

The music school is one of 70 around the U.S. and Mexico. The school offers a performance-based curriculum to learn all the basics of rock and roll. Students can choose several different class options from one-on-one instructions to group band rehearsal.

The doors of the school are open now but it will host an open house on October 29. Two bands from the School of Rock in Sandy, Utah will play in the parking lot, and those interested will be able to speak with instructors and tour the facility.

School of Rock is located at 9340 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 117. For more information, go to summerlin.schoolofrock.com

Language Summer Camp Now Open

Language Summer Camp Now Open

Kids can spend the summer learning a new language at summer camps open now at Town Square.

Camp Lango offers lessons in Spanish, French and Mandarin for kids 4 to 12. The classes are full immersion which means the class will be taught entirely in the language with very little English used. Teachers will use music, art, games, reading and drama to instruct kids in the language. 

“Children should start to learn a foreign language before their developmental linguistic window closes, which is around age 10,” said Karyn DePari, Camp Lango leader. “This enables them to ‘absorb’ the language, thus producing embedded knowledge and authentic accents. Research shows that learning a foreign language increases grades in Math and English and results in higher SAT scores.”

Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camps cost $229. Extended care is available for an extra $50.

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