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‘Like’ Umpqua’s Facebook Page to raise money for local schools
PORTLAND, Ore. — In time for back-to-school on Saturday, Umpqua Bank is offering families a simple way to give back to schools with the launch of its Give Back to School Fund. Beginning Friday, Umpqua will add $1 to the fund for every new Like on its Facebook page. The fund will provide grants to K-12 schools in Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada. After Liking Umpqua’s Facebook page, fans are encouraged to nominate their school to recei...
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Back to school supply shopping to benefit United Way
RENO — This year when parents and guardians shop for back-to-school supplies for their children, they have the opportunity to support the northern Nevada community. United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) has partnered with It’s My Community Store, an online store of school, office, printer and technology supplies. When shopping for these supplies at itsmycommunitystore.com, 10 percent of the total purchase will go to UWNNS who in...
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National WWII Museum names Nevada winner of ‘Salute to Freed...
NEW ORLEANS — Taylor Stuard, an 8th-grade student from Sparks, has been named one of The National World War II Museum’s “Salute to Freedom” award winners and will be one of 51 students nationwide to travel to New Orleans to participate in the grand opening of the museum’s new U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, in January. The contest, made possible by the museum’s unique partnership with the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Conte...
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ACLU of Nevada files NERC complaints for harassed boys
LAS VEGAS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada filed discrimination complaints on July 18 with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) charging that the Clark County School District violated Nevada’s law prohibiting discrimination in places of public accommodation when it failed to take appropriate action to protect two harassed boys at Greenspun Junior High School. From Aug. 27, 2011, until about Feb. 9 this year, then-sixth grade...
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Fulbright scholars to visit Reno
RENO — The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) will be hosting 72 Fulbright scholars in Reno for a three-day Gateway Orientation Aug. 13-17.  NNIC’s key programs include organizing programs for international visitors through the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies; providing interpretation and translation services in more than 60 languages; and organizing educational events and activities for the university and general ...
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Dramatic arts receive boost at Manogue
RENO — Bishop Manogue Catholic High School has received a $119,750 grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation to fund an innovative performing arts program that will benefit students in all five of the Diocese of Reno’s Catholic schools: Bishop Manogue, Our Lady of the Snows, Little Flower, St. Albert the Great and St. Teresa of Avila. The grant will help develop increasingly complex programs and productions as students advance to high school. Th...
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Spanish Springs Elementary receives $1,000 through Allstate ...
SPARKS — Allstate agent Michelle Terelak earned an Allstate Foundation “Agency Hands in the Community” award Monday for outstanding commitment to community service. With this award comes a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation to Spanish Springs Elementary School. The program, which launched in 2003, recognizes Allstate agents’ volunteerism within the community and provides financial support to organizations through The Allstate Foundation...
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WCSD students receive college scholarships
RENO — Two high school seniors from the Washoe County School District will receive college-sponsored merit scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Both students plan to attend the University of Nevada, Reno this fall. The two recipients are Jacob Fisk, who graduated from TMCC High School, and Jenna Sims, who graduated from McQueen High School. Fisk plans to study veterinary medicine, while Sims will focus her studies o...
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WCSD Nutrition Services reports success
RENO — The number of students eating school meals, including breakfasts and lunches, from the Washoe County School District has risen dramatically in the past three years, district officials said this week. “Our Nutrition Services Department has had remarkable success the past two years as a result of three factors: 1) amazing employees; 2) outstanding leadership, specifically Director Tony Cook and Assistant Directors Maryann Weller and Geri ...
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School police officers to train at Peppermill
RENO — Today through Thursday, the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) will host its 22nd Annual National School Safety Training Conference at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno. NASRO, a leader in school-based policing training, expect more than 650 school resource officers and administrators from around the nation and the world to attend. For more information, visit www.nasro.org.
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Local youths receive scholarships for community service
RENO — The Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program honored more than 200 deserving volunteers Wednesday with $1,000 scholarships toward post-secondary education. Breeonna Barnes, 11, from Reno was chosen from more than 35,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in her community by volunteering more than 600 hours and raising $20,000 for numerous charities and organizations. In total, Kohl’s will recognize more t...
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Manogue grad honored in business competition
RENO — Drew McMillan, who graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in June, has placed third in the hospitality management event at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Awards Program Conference held from June 28 to July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. “To place third at nationals is a thing that I knew would be extremely difficult to achieve. It’s a real honor,” he said. McMillan will attend Wake Forest University in North Carolin...
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Reid: Funding for rural schools secured
WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid announced Monday that the Senate has passed and President Obama has signed into law legislation that extends Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for one year and restores Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding through fiscal year 2012. PILT was set to expire at the end of 2012 and SRS expired last year. Nevada’s SRS county payments rose from $407,000 in fiscal year 2007 to $4.5 million in fiscal year 2011, and its PILT pay...
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Some students head back to class today
RENO — Students at five elementary schools in the Washoe County School District are going back to class today. These students attend Brown, Double Diamond, Mathews, Spanish Springs and Van Gorder elementary schools, which operate on year-round class schedules. Because most people expect students to come back to school in late August, the Washoe County School Police Department is issuing warnings and citations to drivers who violate traffic law...
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Volunteers pitch in to help schools
WCSD welcomes help with creating artwork, organizing books
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Silver State Matching Grant applications due June 30
State Treasurer Kate Marshall is reminds Nevada families that the open enrollment period for the Silver State Matching Grant Program ends on June 30, 2012. Applications must be received by the Treasurer’s Office prior to this date.
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WCSD launches Mariachi Pilot Program
More than one-third of county students are Hispanic
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Leadership award given to Reno High ROTC cadet
Justice James Hardesty gives award to son of former classmate
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Scholarship awarded to Washoe Innovations High student
RENO — Washoe Innovations High School student Ana Silvia Contreras was named the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship Wednesday from Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison. This scholarship represents part of the award Morrison received when he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators earlier this year. “I am very proud to present this scholarship to Miss Contreras,” M...
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NV teacher of the year selects Fernley teacher for scholarship
RENO — On Thursday, Deanna LeBlanc, a fourth-grade teacher at East Valley Elementary School in Fernley, will change the life of DeAnn Kelsey, a substitute teacher in Lyon County. University of Phoenix is recognizing the accomplishments of LeBlanc, who is the 2012 Nevada Teacher of the Year, by providing her with the opportunity to “Teach Forward,” a full-tuition scholarship to University of Phoenix. LeBlanc is one of only 54 educators across t...
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