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2014-15 Back-to-School Events

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Updated: 8/07 2:33 pm
Fill the Bus
Communities In Schools of Nevada, My News 3 and 97.1 The Point are challenging Las Vegas residents to help local students at the second annual Fill the Bus on Aug. 22 – 23. Expanding to two days and locations this year, the Nevada affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program is collecting school supplies and uniforms for 44,000 students in need for the coming school year.

“Fill the Bus helps ensure that each student in the schools we serve can begin the school year with all the tools necessary for success,” said Diane Fearon, chief executive officer of CIS Nevada. “The cost of outfitting a student with needed supplies has risen as much as 20 percent in just one year. The majority of students we serve in Nevada are living at or below the poverty line, so it is vital that Communities In Schools have fully stocked resource rooms to support the needs of children who may not have clothing or food, much less school supplies. We have found that something as simple as a notebook or pen can be the catalyst for change in an at-risk student's life, helping them succeed in their classes."

Businesses and community partners are encouraged to bring their donations between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 to the Sam’s Club at Arroyo Crossing (7100 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy.). Partners include The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Allegiant Air, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, DR Horton, Belfor Property Restorations, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), Todd English P.U.B., Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, Pacific Coast Dental; Pugsley, Simpson & Coulter Architects, Gilman & Londot CPAs, Midcountry Bank and more.

On Saturday, Aug. 23 between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., local residents are encouraged to bring their donations to the Sam’s Club at Centennial Hills (8080 W. Tropical Pkwy.) and stay for Family Fun Day. Children can enjoy interactive science projects from Mad Science, the mobile video games theater from Games 2 U, face painting and creations from balloon artists. Parents can receive information and resources from the Clark County School District Transportation Department, Positively Kids and Eye Care 4 Kids.

Donations made equal to or above $10 will be entered to win a Hawaiian vacation package from Allegiant Air.

Those wishing to donate but unable to join Fill the Bus are encouraged to bring contributions to participating Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations. These locations will be collecting school supplies Aug. 17 – 22 for CIS Nevada:

•3615 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas
•8060 W. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas
•6005 Eastern Ave., Las Vegas
•2310 E. Serene Ave., Las Vegas
•7100 Arroyo Crossing Parkway, Las Vegas
•4505 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
•5200 S. Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas
•1807 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas
•5198 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas
•6464 N. Decatur Blvd., North Las Vegas
•201 N. Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas
•540 Marks St., Henderson

CIS Nevada is looking for traditional school supplies as well as uniform clothing items. Please visit www.cisnevada.org for the complete list and additional details.

CASA Foundation Back-to-School Event
For the third year in a row, Square Salon (1225 S. Fort Apache Road) is hosting a day of pampering for foster children, with plans to help approximately 300 kids this year. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, all children in attendance will receive:

•A shampoo, haircut and blow dry
•Manicure
•A backpack filled with school supplies
•There will also be food, music, balloons and a photo booth

Zappos will also be donating a pair of shoes for each kid in attendance.

The CASA Foundation, a local non-profit organization, is partnering with Square Salon to sponsor a back-to-school event for foster children. The CASA foundation raises money to support Clark County children in foster care that are faced with a myriad of unmet financial needs that exceed governmental funding. On average, there are 3,500 children in foster care in Clark County alone.

Immunizations required for students entering school
The start of a new school year is just a few weeks away for students in the Clark County School District (CCSD). However, before students can attend school, parents must provide proof of immunizations to the respective school their child attends.

Immunizations required for every student include seven vaccines: DTP/DT/Tap and Tdap, polio, MMR, hepatitis A and B, and varicella. Nevada Revised Statutes state a child may not be enrolled in a public school within this state unless the child has been immunized and has received the proper boosters for that immunization or is complying with the schedules established for the above vaccines; unless excused because of religious belief or medical condition.

“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive proper immunizations to protect against exposure to certain diseases,” said Director of Health Services, Lynn Row. “Nevada has seen a rise in pertussis cases over the recent years. As the school year approaches, parents should be reminded to not wait until the last minute for immunizations as the wait time increases dramatically. Children look forward to the first day of school and a delay in current immunizations will delay them from starting with their peers.”

For families in transitional or temporary living situations such as living in a car, RV park, hotel, motel, shelter or multifamily residence, the Title I HOPE office can provide assistance. Families eligible for Title I HOPE services are given seven days to obtain the required immunizations and 30 days to obtain an original birth certificate.

For assistance with obtaining immunizations, parents may contact the Southern Nevada Health District at 702-759-0852 or by visiting their website. Families eligible for Title I HOPE may contact an advocate at 702-855-6682.

Teacher Exchange
On Wednesday, July 30, The Public Education Foundation’s Teacher EXCHANGE opened its doors for the 2014-15 school year. More than 140 teachers visited on opening day. During the opening week, more than 300 Clark County public school teachers visited the Teacher EXCHANGE to obtain much-needed school supplies.

The Teacher EXCHANGE was founded in 2002 to address a problem facing teachers throughout Clark County. “Our hard-working public school teachers spend hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket each year to supply their classrooms,” Judi Steele, president of The Public Education Foundation said. “We want to do our part to provide teachers with the materials they need to effectively teach our students.”

In early 2014, the Teacher EXCHANGE moved to a new location centrally located on Maryland Parkway, across the street from UNLV’s Beam Music Center. The Public Education Foundation anticipates a record-setting year in 2014-15 as it prepares for the Teacher EXCHANGE’s first full school year at its Maryland Parkway location.

The Teacher EXCHANGE, located at 4350 S. Maryland Parkway, will remain open throughout the school year to provide teachers with school supplies, furniture and learning materials. Summer hours are Tuesdays–Thursdays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. In order to welcome newly hired teachers to Clark County, the Teacher EXCHANGE is hosting an exclusive new-teachers-only shopping event on Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

For the most up-to-date store hours and special events, visit the Teacher EXCHANGE online calendar here.

Bank of America
Back to school is a time of excitement and new beginnings — new friends, new teachers, new classrooms and ... new school supplies. For some children across our valley, school supplies are a luxury--many are unable to attain the materials needed to succeed in school.

Bank of America is stepping up to the plate for a fourth straight year, hosting a valley-wide school drive during the month of August. The drive, in its first three years has collected and delivered more than 21,000 school supply items.

This year, the drive launches on August 1 and will continue until August 28, benefitting Sandy Miller Elementary School and Monaco Middle School. The public is encouraged to participate, as donations will not only be collected internally — but collection receptacles will be stationed at each of the 50+ Bank of America banking centers throughout Southern Nevada.

Desired supplies include paper, backpacks, pens and pencils, P.E. equipment and school uniform garments.

Peggy's Attic
With a new school year fast approaching, the Clark County Department of Family Services, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Fostering Southern Nevada, Foster Kinship and the Clark County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association are coming together to ask the community to donate new backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms to children in foster care.

Donations should be brought to Peggy’s Attic, 701 N. Pecos Road. During the summer, the donation hours at Peggy's Attic are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Peggy’s Attic is closed on Fridays throughout the summer. The public also can call (702) 455-5424 to make arrangements to drop off donations outside of these hours. The goal is to receive 400 backpacks and school supplies to fill the backpacks by Aug. 5.

All collected backpacks, uniforms and school supplies will be distributed to children in care and their caregivers on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Peggy’s Attic from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Peggy’s Attic is the donation center for DFS, serving all children who have come into contact with the juvenile abuse and neglect court.
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