5th Graders to Recite Moments in US History for Great American Challenge, 1/27

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Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen to Congratulate 5th Graders Who Memorized Key Aspects of
American History, Ranging from the Constitution’s Preamble to the List of Presidents in

Watch in pride as 5th graders assemble to be lauded for historic feats many grown adults cannot do: recite by heart specific important moments in American history.

Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen will personally commend and visit with the 5th grade students of Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV), who officially completed the Great American Challenge, the annual, nationwide program. In order to successfully complete the challenge, students must:

– Write the Pledge of Allegiance
– Recite the preamble to the Constitution of the United States
– Recite or sing the Star Spangled Banner
– Recite the Gettysburg Address
– Recite the inscription on the Statue of Liberty
– Recite the Presidents of the United States in order, including years in office
– Label the 50 states and capitals of the United States on a blank map

Eighty-six 5th grade students will receive their medals and certificates acknowledging their completion of the Great American Challenge from CASLV educators and staff, as well as Mayor Hafen.

Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) is a K-12 state sponsored, tuition-free public charter school where students are selected by a lottery system. The school’s curriculum focuses on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The school’s mission is to provide a safe, rigorous college preparatory environment, promoting social responsibility and a culturally-diverse community dedicated to becoming lifelong learners bound for success. Since its founding in 2007, the school has won a multitude of prestigious awards, honors and accolades. Most recently, Washington Post listed CASLV as one of the top schools in Nevada and the nation in its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” For the 2016-17 school year, CASLV opened two new campuses in the Centennial Hills area and Nellis Air Force Base.

Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas’ multi-purpose room
2150 Windmill Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89074


SOTs of 5th grade students reciting the preamble, Gettysburg Address, etc.
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen
Candyce Farthing, Chief Operating Officer, CASLV


Twitter: @CoralAcademyLV
Instagram: @CoralAcademyLV

Dignitaries, Local Influencers and Celebrities Prepare for the SNAP Experience January 27-31

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Dignitaries, Local Influencers and Celebrities Prepare for the SNAP Experience January 27-31


Three Square Food Bank, in partnership with AARP and Weight Watchers, presents the SNAP Experience January 27 through 31, designed to promote advocacy around the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

During the SNAP Experience notable dignitaries, influencers and celebrities will limit their food spending while attempting to eat healthy, balanced diets. Each person will spend no more than $18.55 total for five days – the amount designated to those enrolled in the SNAP program.

The SNAP program provides assistance to people struggling with food insecurity as a result of unemployment, underemployment and poverty. Nevada currently ranks among the lowest states in food assistance participation. More than 250,000 low-income Southern Nevadans rely on SNAP benefits, half of which are children. For those with questions about the SNAP program, benefits and application, Three Square offers assistance through the Three Square Center (702-765-4030).

SNAP Experience participants include CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton, City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City of North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, City of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, City of Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler, City of Mesquite Mayor Mark Wier, Rumor Hotel chef Steve Austin, director of business development for Weight Watchers Heather Avila, UFC Hall of Fame fighter Forrest Griffin, KTNV morning and mid-day news anchor Jessica Janner, KKLZ mid-day personality Terrie Springs, and VIEW Neighborhood Newspapers copy editor Lisa Valentine.

Featured participants will post daily blogs about the experience, meal choices, and well-being during the week at www.snapexperiencelv.org.

About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).


2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Unity, Diversity, Youth Leadership and Community Involvement

2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Unity, Diversity, Youth Leadership and Community Involvement

Keynote Speaker: Dwight D. Jones, Superintendent of Schools, Clark County School District

The 2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast, a community-building event, encourages unity, diversity and developing leadership skills for Las Vegas youth, and will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. The event includes Mayor’s reading ecumenical prayers, an interfaith candle lighting ceremony and a keynote speech by Dwight D. Jones, Superintendent of Schools, Clark County School District.

Following the breakfast, students in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions of local mayors, Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight D. Jones and more, in a town hall meeting format. Gard Jameson, chairman of the Interfaith Council and co-founder of Volunteers in Medicine, will moderate this portion of the event. This year’s breakfast anticipates more than 700 attendees including more than 350 students from various high schools across the city.

“United Way of Southern Nevada and our volunteers are dedicated to participating in the annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast with engaged partners that encourage children’s academic success,” said Cass Palmer, president and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “This annual event was started in some respects to show young students the value of giving back and being active in the community.”

WHO: Dwight D. Jones – Clark County School District Superintendent

Carolyn Goodman – Mayor of Las Vegas
Andy Hafen – Mayor of Henderson
Roger Tobler – Mayor of Boulder City
Pamela Goynes Brown – Mayor pro-tem of North Las Vegas
Susan Brager – Chair, Clark County Commission
Jim and Judy Kropid – Mayors Prayer Breakfast volunteer co-chairs
Gard Jameson – Co-founder of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Rash – Nellis Airforce Base
Cass Palmer – President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada

WHAT: 2012 Mayors Prayer Breakfast and Youth Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: Breakfast: 7:30 – 9 a.m. Town Hall: 9 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
WHERE: Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel Dallas Ballroom 2101 Texas Star Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89032
WHY: Proceeds benefit Camp Anytown Las Vegas, a program of Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, that empowers youth in leadership skills, human relations and diversity.The annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast is modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The local event encourages our community to use their diversity to find creative solutions to the various challenges facing Southern Nevada, similar to how the national breakfast is focused on the unification of our country.

The Mayors Prayer Breakfast was founded more than 50 years ago when Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson attended a President’s Prayer Breakfast hosted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The Mayor was so moved by the experience that he brought the event to Las Vegas.

About United Way of Southern Nevada United Way of Southern Nevada works to build a healthier community and to advance the common good through a focus on Education, Health and Financial Stability, the building blocks of a good life. With an extensive network of donors, volunteers and community leaders, the United Way brings together the passion, expertise, and resources needed to affect positive change in our community. Together, person by person, the United Way’s collaborative power is building a more solid community fabric, connecting impassioned advocates who truly LIVE UNITED for a better southern Nevada. For more information on how to get involved, please visit www.uwsn.org.