A new school year is rolling around, so it’s time for the Nevada Youth Alliance Ninth Annual Community Back-to-School Health/Educational Fair and events. Multiple community partners including the city of Las Vegas have joined for two weekends of activities that will get Las Vegas students ready for the another year of reading, writing, arithmetic and more. Operation Lasting Peace, known for engaging residents and taking a strong stance against violence, will provide entertainment with a positive message for families on methods to stop the cycle of violence plaguing neighborhoods.
Events will kick-off with a back-to-school health/educational community walk, planned for neighborhoods in Las Vegas and other municipalities, to deliver flyers and inform the community about the back-to-school activities. Volunteers will gather for walking routes and instructions at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 a.m. and walk until 12 p.m.
A stuff-a-pack volunteer event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OfficeMax, located 2837 S. Maryland Parkway. Volunteers will gather to stuff over 3,000 backpacks with supplies to be distributed to youth on Aug. 18.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Nevada Youth Alliance Ninth Annual Community Back-to-School Health/Educational Fair will take place at the College of Southern Nevada/Cheyenne Campus at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
Operation Lasting Peace will sponsor a back-to-school fashion show inside the Horn Theatre. It will be a youth-driven fashion show that will showcase fashions donated by Wal-Mart and a clothing line developed by Kim Flowers Talent Development Academy. Youth will model, perform and provide statistics and life-saving prevention information.
The fair will include free entertainment, supplies, services and fun-filled activities including:
• Backpacks and school supplies (while they last - up to grade 12 with proof of age)
• Refreshments (while they last)
• Immunizations from Nevada Health Centers
• Dental check-ups from UNLV School of Dentistry
• Finger printing by Nevada Child Seekers
• Anti-abduction classes
• Parent Handbooks on Gangs (bilingual) from the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force
• Operation Lasting Peace Fashion Show
• Information from more than 50 vendors on health, education, entertainment, employment opportunities, prevention/safety programs, financial assistance and more
• Surprise celebrities and entertainment from local resorts (inside the Horn Theatre)
• Face painting
Operation Lasting Peace, a community mobilization initiative, operated through the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force, has partnered with Nevada Youth Alliance to bring a message of non-violence and safety to Las Vegas Valley youth.
The city of Las Vegas Neighborhood Services Department promotes, develops and supports safe, healthy neighborhoods through partnerships, education and compliance. Residents can visit the city’s Web site to see what services are available at www.lasvegasnevada.gov.
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