Vegas PBS Ready To Learn offers family engagement workshops in schools and other locations throughout the community. The curriculum is also implemented in after-school and summer programs across Southern Nevada. This summer, free Martha Speaks Reading Buddies workshops will be offered at libraries across the Las Vegas Valley. All families in attendance will receive a new book. For a complete schedule, visit VegasPBS.org/RTL.
Vegas PBS’ American Graduate-related Jessica Suarez public service announcement (PSA) for the station’s “It Pays to Stay” campaign has been nominated for an Imagen (Spanish for “image”) Award in the category of “Best On-Air Advertising.” Suarez is a graduate of Chaparral High School. The Imagen Awards are the premier Latino entertainment recognition honoring positive portrayals and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film. To view the PSA, click here. For more information, call Tammy McMahan of Vegas PBS at (702) 799-1010, ext. 5450.
The Clark County School District Police Department wrapped up its 2014-15 community Pill Take Back program with a great response to its event held at Palo Verde High School on June 20. The department collected 659 pounds of expired or unneeded medications that will now be disposed of properly. For the 2014-15 school year, the police department collected 3,000 pounds of medications. The police department strives to hold a collection each month, with the locations being varied to allow for greater participation.
The CCSD Police Department was among the local law enforcement agencies to take part in a “peace walk” down Swenson Street and Twain Avenue on June 11. A spokesman for Metro told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “This area, unfortunately, is one of the most plagued by violence. We want this community to embrace peace.”
In a story about the CCSD School-Community Partnership program, Vegas Inc said, “It serves as a matchmaker for companies small and large that want to offer time, talent or treasures to local youths.” One of the district’s partners is Nevada Title Company, whose owner said employees feel tremendous pride when engaging in community projects such as those that help students.
A public service announcement (PSA) produced by Vegas PBS for the American Graduate program on PBS won a Telly Award. The 30-second PSA was created in connection with Vegas PBS’ production of “It Pays to Stay,” which focused on CCSD student Jessica Suarez. Her turnaround story at Chaparral High School was part of a live, national broadcast. Reginald LaFrance directed the PSA, which was produced by both LaFrance and Lee Solonche and can be viewed at http://www.vegaspbs.org/americangraduate/videos. According to the Telly Awards website, "The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs." For more information, call Solonche at (702) 799-1010.
As reported by KNPR Radio, leprechauns were “on the loose” in Las Vegas on March 12, helping remind motorists to watch out for pedestrians crossing the street. KNPR said, “Officers from Las Vegas Metro and the Clark County School District were among those enforcing driving laws at crosswalks, stopping drivers who failed to yield to the highly visible leprechauns.” Pictured is CCSD Detective Thomas Rainey.
The Clark County School District Police Department is joining forces with other community partners to help make local streets safer for pedestrians. CCSD Police representatives were on hand for a March 5 announcement of community safety efforts totaling more than $90 million. According to KSNV-TV, the campaign follows an alarming number of pedestrian deaths in the first two months of 2015.
The Vegas PBS Women’s Engagement Council recently received the national PBS Development Award in the “Innovation” category for its work in educating the community on issues affecting women and girls, including human trafficking, the health and well-being of young girls and women who have made an impact in Southern Nevada. Established in 2013, the Women’s Engagement Council, led by Vegas PBS Major Gifts Officer Diana Morgan, is focused on creating local events and PSAs extending the impact of PBS programs by working with non-profit organizations that provide direct services to women and girls. For more information, visit www.vegaspbs.org or call Latoya Bembry at (702) 367-7771.
Vegas PBS offers a free lending library for individuals who are blind, visually impaired or deaf. During a June 25 interview on KVVU-TV, Lee Solonche (pictured) discussed the Vegas PBS Described and Captioned Media Center. For more information, call (702) 799-1010 or visit www.vegaspbs.org.