Posts Tagged ‘Back to School’


Setting Students Up For Success

September 19, 2012

Autumn in Las Vegas may not bring crisp, cool air and leaves changing color on the trees, but it does usher in the beginning of a new school year.  Each fall, thousands of students in Clark County School District head back to class, but many of them don’t have the tools they need to succeed.  As they headed back to school themselves, UNLV students saw an opportunity to serve five elementary schools through their Adopt-A-School programRebel Service Council, UNLV CSUN Student Government, United Way of Southern Nevada, and Findlay Toyota teamed up to sponsor a school supply drive and Stuff the Truck event.

With amazing support from the community, Stuff the Truck was a success and little Rebels around the valley are off to a great start this school year!

Some of the many donated supplies included:                  

Binders: 133                                  Folders: 454

Backpacks: 43                               Glue: 127 bottles

Calculators: 33                              Markers: 136 boxes

Colored Pencils: 19 boxes              Notebooks: 362

Crayons: 193 boxes                       Paper: 153 reams

Dividers: 118 sets                          Pencils: 350 boxes

File Folders: 100                             Pens: 169 packages

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Stuff the Truck

August 30, 2012

Give your time. Give supplies. Give a child the tools to succeed! Through the collaborative efforts of UNLV’s Rebel Service Council, Adopt-A-School Program, CSUN Student Government, United Way of Southern Nevada, Findlay Toyota and others comes Stuff the Truck. Join us as we stuff FIVE Findlay Toyota trucks with donated school supplies. All supplies will go to the following sponsored schools: Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School, Dean Petersen Professional Development School, Oran K. Gragson Elementary School, Paradise Professional Development School, and Ruth Fyfe Empowerment Elementary School. Help a child succeed and excel in school by giving him/her the necessary school items!

School supplies include (but are not limited to):
– backpacks
– notebooks
– pencils/pens
– erasers
– markers
– crayons
– toiletries
– binders
– folders
– paper
– clothes (new to gently-used)
– undergarments (new and packaged)
– shoes
– Box Tops for Education
For questions, or to get involved as a volunteer for this event, please contact Rebel Service Council Youth Coordinator Alexis Villanueva at (702) 895-5609, or at more information about the UNLV School Supplies Drive, please visit:

Helping the Community Go Back To School

August 22, 2011

On Saturday, August 20th, the City of North Las Vegas held their 13th Annual Community Back to School Health and Education Fair at the College of Southern Nevada-Cheyenne Campus. Thousands of participants starting arriving as early as 5:30 a.m. to register their school aged children for this amazing event. Once making their way through the line and receiving wristbands to pick up their new backpacks; which were donated from Wal Mart; they joined the crowds inside various CSN buildings. Numerous vendors such as Sam’s Club were on hand to give kids free haircuts, dental exams, eye exams, immunization shots, physicals and other services necessary to enroll in school! Not only were parents able to get these services at no cost, but vendors such as Lowe’s were on hand to do craft projects which the kids could enjoy on site or take home and build with their family at a later time. In addition to the necessities, a variety of businesses were on hand to make families aware of what great activities that Clark County has to offer. Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead Recreation Area and camps for children dealing with hardships were just a few of those distributing information. Finally, parents also had the opportunity to gather information to help their child grow at each stage of their life. From specific instructions on how to help their child succeed at each grade level, to problems they may encounter such as drugs and alcohol. Overall this day was an overwhelming success. Parents and kids were wearing huge smiles, drinking loads of water to stay cool, gathering tons of information and accomplishing everything necessary to enjoy that first day of school!


If you’d like to volunteer for other Back to School events or find other volunteer opportunities, visit the HandsOn Nevada Website at to find the right opportunity for you today!


Back to School Safety

August 16, 2011

Back to School Safety

The eagerly anticipated first day of school:  a new teacher, class room, even a new bigger school, maybe your child is moving into middle or high school, there is so much to think about when starting a new school year. One thing we do not want to worry about is our children’s safety when walking, biking or ridding the bus. With the lazy days of summer coming to a close and the new school year right on the horizon, we all need to do our part to keep kids safe. August is designated as Back-to-School Month, and we want to remind parents, teachers, students and all motorists to be extra careful at all times as school zone lights start to flash again. Keeping your child safe when crossing intersections or getting on and off the bus can also be fun and an activity you can all do together. Wednesday, October 5th is Walk Your Child to School Day. Let’s all get caught being safe this school year.  

Follow the tips below to make sure you keep your children safe while walking and biking to school

Top Back to School Safety Tips

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminder for your kids:

  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

For more information what you can do this school year please contact:

Safe Kids Clark County

Led by: Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Coordinator: Jeanne Cosgrove
3101 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 315
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109