Dozens of philanthropic organizations partner with the Clark County School District to close the gap between what students need and what the district provides. Here are a few such organizations, along with websites you can visit to learn more and lend support:
The Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation offers blind-specific sports, arts, braille lessons, crafts and outings. The foundation is currently raising money for a center with specialized playground equipment, walking paths and hallways that allow students to get around independently. NVBlindChildren.org.
While it might be tough for a middle school kid to walk around without cool threads, it’s unthinkable for students who have never owned a new pair of shoes. Goodie Two Shoes travels to schools with its shoe-store-on-wheels to reach 10,000 Southern Nevada students annually. GoodieTwoShoes.org.
About 128,000 children in the Las Vegas Valley regularly go hungry. Thanks to Three Square food bank and partners such as Albertsons, Walmart and Target, some of these children can get much-needed brain fuel through meals at school, an after-school food program and summer food assistance. ThreeSquare.org.
Every day in Nevada, 94 students drop out of school. Thanks to partners such as NV Energy and the Engelstad Family Foundation, Communities in Schools Nevada aims to lower that number, as site coordinators provide counseling, health services, food banks, tutoring and job shadowing to at-risk students. CISNevada.org.
You may know from KSNV-TV Channel 3 meteorologist Kevin Janison that After-School All Stars gives $100 to schools each day the thermometer hits 100 degrees. You may not know that After-School All Stars also partners with donors such as Coca-Cola and the Cashman Family Foundation to provide free after-school tutoring, sports activities, and arts and crafts workshops. ASASLV.org.
Spread the Word Nevada distributes 37,000 books monthly to children at 36 CCSD elementary schools. Students pick five books to start their own library, and each month they get to add one more book to their collection. SpreadTheWordNevada.org.
Green Our Planet works with partners such as UNLV, Zappos and Honey Salt restaurant to build “garden classrooms,” where hands-on learning may involve a little digging in the dirt. Since 2013, Green Our Planet has helped 64 CCSD schools cultivate gardens, with students learning about biology, conservation, nutrition and even economics. GreenOurPlanet.org.