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Autism Event Planned for Saturday

Autism Event Planned for Saturday

 

People interested in Autism will get a chance to be part of a question and answer period with an author and mother of two children with Autism this weekend.

Meredith Toddre will read from her soon-to-be published book “The ABC’s of Autism” and lead a question and answer period at 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will be at Kidville at Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart  Blvd. A performance by students in Kidville’s class Rockin’ Railroad will follow the event with Toddre.

Space is limited for the lecture. People interested must RSVP at RSVPTivoli@kidville.com or call 702.233.9353

World's Largest Chocolate Bar Display Brings Healthy Message

World's Largest Chocolate Bar Display Brings Healthy Message

 

The World’s Largest Chocolate Bar was on display Friday at one elementary school, but the message of the visit was a healthy one.

Students at Bonner Elementary School got a chance to see the 12,190 pound chocolate bar as an example of “portion distortion.” World’s Finest Chocolate brought the bar and the multimedia display that comes with it to the school. The display is part of the “Think Big, Eat Smart” campaign, which teaches children about eating right and staying fit.

"When you're trying to teach children about things like moderation and how to have a healthy relationship with food, having something that really makes them sit up and take notice helps make the message memorable," said Nelda Mercer, a registered dietitian and former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Preschoolers Send Cards to Troops in Afghanistan

Preschoolers Send Cards to Troops in Afghanistan

Preschoolers at Merryhill School in Las Vegas created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

Throughout January, the students decorated patriotic cards to show gratitude and express their appreciation for everything troops do to protect American citizens. The cards will arrive just in time to give a few soldiers a special Valentine’s Day reminder of love and thanks. 

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. 

Dentist Offers Money for Halloween Candy

Dentist Offers Money for Halloween Candy

A local dentist wants to buy back all the Halloween candy that has been passed out.

Wagner Dental is offering a $1 for every pound of Halloween candy children bring in. They also get a ticket for a raffle prize. The prizes include an iPod shuffle, gift certificates and a Sonicare toothbrush. The buyback is from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wagner Dental offices, 2045 Village Circle, near the Summerlin Library.

The candy will not be destroyed. Instead it will be donated to U.S. troops through special care packages organized by Operation Gratitude. Last year, the dental office donated 550 pounds of Halloween candy to the troops. Organizers hope to collect more than 600 pounds this year.