Category Archives: Kids Voting Greater Las Vegas

Affiliate Takes New Name

The board of directors of Voices in Voting/Kids Voting Greater Las Vegas recently received Kids Voting USA Board approval for a slight name change. The southern Nevada affiliate requested permission that the words “Greater Las Vegas” be changed to “Southern Nevada” which would clearly designate the vast area of schools being served within the Clark County School District. This includes over 350 schools located throughout Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and Mesquite, as well as outlying regions within southern Nevada. It was determined that such a slight name change was actually necessary due to the fact that board members had often been questioned whether the southern Nevada organization dealt with teachers and students in schools located solely within Las Vegas city limits. Board members believe that this name change will aid in fund raising possibilities. Voices in Voting/Kids Voting Southern Nevada will continue to provide the Kids Voting curriculum to elementary and secondary teachers through an online one-credit course as well as student online voting opportunities for over 300,000 K-12 southern Nevada students during local and national elections.

KidsVention Celebrates Citizenship

Fifth and seventh grade students and their teachers – over 2,200 – from the Clark County School District in southern Nevada focused on civic education and engagement at KidsVention on October 21, 2011, in Henderson, Nevada. KidsVention is the highlight of the year for these students, as they participate in this mini-political convention without partisan politics.

The event began with the presentation of the Colors and Flag Salute, led by the Basic High School Marine Corps JROTC, followed by the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by the Del Webb Middle School Concert Choir. Each school present was recognized during the “Roll Call of the States”. Students then listened to debates on current topics, presented by elected officials and debate students from Green Valley and Foothill High Schools. Elected officials that participated were Nevada State Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, Nevada State Senator Joe Hardy, Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow, and Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani. The debate topics were: the United States should end its use of the penny, students should be allowed to use social network sites in class for educational purposes, suspension from school is an effective method of discipline, and school districts should be allowed to use advertising on school buses.

Local newsman, Gary Waddell of 8 News NOW (CBS), served as Master of Ceremonies, and the debate topics were introduced by Henderson City Mayor Andy Hafen, CCSD Board of Trustees Member Deanna Wright, Terri Janison of the Governor of Nevada’s office, and CCSD Deputy Superintendent Pedro Martinez. Students voted on each debate with great vigor!

The program also included choral presentations by George Dare, a local singer and composer, and included the back-up singers of the Del Webb Concert Choir. Their selections were “Let Freedom Ring “ (KVUSA’s theme song), “We Call Henderson Home”, and “Shine, Las Vegas”. All three numbers were composed by Mr. Dare. The program concluded with a presentation of “Sojourner Truth”, delivered by Kim Russell, a local performer; reading of the debate results, which were received with even more enthusiasm from the students; and a rendition of “America the Beautiful”, with audience participation and led by the Del Webb Choir.

KidsVention is organized and facilitated by the Board of Directors of Voices In Voting/Kids Voting Greater Las Vegas. Expenses for the event were covered by the Board partners, elected officials, SCE Federal Credit Union, SONEPCO Federal Credit Union, Silver State Schools Credit Union, 8 News NOW and their Community Pride partners, Wells Fargo, Clark County School District, Nevada PTA, League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley, NV Energy, City of Henderson and the Henderson Pavilion, Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada, and a number of individuals.

KV Greater Las Vegas Needs Your Support

Kids Voting Greater Las Vegas is participating in a fundraising event with 8 New Now and Facebook. Please use the link below and click “Like”.  Until June 6th, 8 News Now will donate $1 to Kids Voting Greater Las Vegas for every “Like” they receive to their Facebook page, up to $5,000! Please share this with friends, family and co-workers.