Vegas PBS continues to work with educational, business and community leaders to address the high school dropout crisis through the "American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen" initiative. According to a “Source” column by Lee Solonche, Vegas PBS is one of 11 sites chosen nationally to be a “community hub” to address this important issue. For more information, visit www.VegasPBS.org/AmericanGraduate or call 799-1010.
Many in the local community are surprised or unaware that Vegas PBS provides educational programs, services and resources for the deaf and blind in Nevada. In fact, Vegas PBS has doing this for decades. Lee Solonche offers details in a recent edition of “Vegas PBS Source” (see attached article).
The CCSD Police Department's Spring School Safety Fair will be held Friday, April 5, 2013 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lois Craig Elementary School, 2637 E. Gowan Rd., North Las Vegas. The annual event will feature a bike/pedestrian rodeo, fire truck tours and a variety of informational booths. There will also be free raffles for Adventuredome tickets, bicycles, bike helmets and car seats. Panda Express will provide free food.
The Clark County School District's (CCSD) fleet of nearly 1,500 buses travels 21 million miles in a school year. The ways in which those miles are traveled safely and efficiently were showcased during the latest "Inside CCSD" tour. Media representatives and guests visited the Wallace Bus Yard and had the opportunity to go on a school bus ride-a-long, during which a trainer provided the driver a refresher course on motoring safety. The event also included a tour of the department's call center, which operates year-round but peaks at the start of the school year, handling up to 7,000 calls per day. Additionally, visitors saw mechanics at work in the Wallace Bus Yard's garage, changing tires and doing engine maintenance. The Transportation Department's nearly 2,000 employees help ensure that tens of thousands of students are transported safely to and from school each day.
Clark County School District buses were among the first in southern Nevada to start using biodiesel fuel. That was back in 2001. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, CCSD Transportation Director Frank Giordano discussed the district’s success with biodiesel fuel on Feb. 5, 2013, at the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo at The Mirage.
PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger is serving up high praise for Vegas PBS, Channel 10. During her recent visit to the station, Kerger said Vegas PBS is America's most-watched PBS station on a per capita basis. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kerger brought her national board to Las Vegas from Jan. 28-30, 2013 to see Vegas PBS firsthand.
“With more than 311,000 students, 37,000 employees and 357 schools to protect, the job of CCSD police officers is daunting.” So says Las Vegas Sun reporter Paul Takahashi in a Jan. 19, 2013 profile of the CCSD Police Department.
Vegas PBS received more than a dozen key awards during 2012. See attached file for the complete list.
As 2012 draws to a close, Vegas PBS is celebrating its accomplishments, including 700 volunteers, 3,000 adult enrollments in online courses, 14,000 donors, 200,000 downloads of children’s programs, 735,000 television viewers every week and 10 million CCSD classroom views of online educational media. General Manager Tom Axtell discusses these accomplishments and what’s ahead for Vegas PBS in the Dec. 2012 edition of “Source” magazine (see attachment).
“Helping Native Americans Graduate” is a program designed to help Native American families ensure that their children graduate from high school. The half-hour program is part of a series produced by Vegas PBS aimed at providing a coordinated community response to the serious issue of dropout prevention.