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Local Teachers Receiving Free Tickets to See Gladys Knight

Local Teachers Receiving Free Tickets to See Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight is giving 50 tickets away each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening to local school teachers as a way of showing appreciation to these unsung heroes.

Through an arrangement with the Clark County School District, teachers from selected schools each week may obtain tickets from their principal to see Knight's new show at the Tropicana Las Vegas.

"Education is so important and with all the budget cut news for teachers these days, I wanted to give them a night to enjoy themselves, know that we appreciate them and provide some good news," Knight said.

In addition to their tickets, teachers will also receive a voucher for 10 percent off their purchase in the Gladys Knight Boutique.

Knight’s children and grandchildren attended school in Clark County when they were young and she was actively involved in their schooling throughout their education.

"Idol"-Themed Competition Hosted at UNLV

"Idol"-Themed Competition Hosted at UNLV

UNLV hosted its own version of "American Idol."

Despite the recent upset of the elimination of Pia Toscano on the hit show "American Idol," UNLV still searched for an idol to call its own during "UNLV Idol Gives Back," on Wednesday in the Student Union Theater.

Read more at The Rebel Yell

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

UNLV Law School Presents Documentary Film

UNLV Law School Presents Documentary Film

As a part of its Peace in the Desert film screening series, the Saltman Center of UNLV Boyd School of Law presents “Burma VJ,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary about journalists who filmed the events surrounding the uprising against the Myanmar military regime, at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Despite the prohibition of foreign news under the threat of jail or torture, this group of journalists worked undercover to reveal the protests and police brutality to the global audience. Michael Adler, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and former correspondent for Agence France-Presse News Agency, will be providing commentary. Adler covered the Burma uprising in 1988.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Visit http://www.law.unlv.edu/Saltman_Events.html for more information.

Nevada Mining Association Hosts Science Education Workshop

Nevada Mining Association Hosts Science Education Workshop

The Nevada Mining Association will host the 26th Annual Southern Nevada Earth Science Education Workshop at Faith Lutheran High School from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21.

The free workshop is open to all K-12 teachers, librarians and administrators, and features one day of classroom work and two days of organized field trips to mines and other facilities. The goal of the workshop is to provide new knowledge, insight and materials that teachers can use to help students learn about minerals and mineral production in Nevada.

The workshop also includes beginner-level sessions for first-time participants and an advanced track session for those educators  familiar with rocks and minerals. New activities, methods of presentation and advanced exercises will be included in the curriculum.

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.

Robots Descend on UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center During Annual FIRST Robotics Competition

Robots Descend on UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center During Annual FIRST Robotics Competition

This weekend, come out to the FIRST Robotics competition to cheer on Clark County's students!

UNLV’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering will host more than 1,000 high school students on 38 teams from throughout the nation – including nine Clark County School District high schools – during the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition April 1-2 at UNLV.

Read more at UNLV News