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Children Focused Non-profits Work Together in Educating Youth

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum and Spread The Word Nevada recently completed a four month collaboration in conjunction with the museum’s traveling exhibit Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites. Both non-profits focus on children and education and by teaming together they both expanded their programming to elementary school students.

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum held a Scholastic Book Fair opening weekend of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites generating more than $1600.00 in Scholastic book credits for Richard Rundle and Jack Dailey Elementary Schools. A book drive was also conducted throughout the run of the traveling exhibit where guests received a $2 discount off museum daily admission if they donated a new or gently used book. Nearly $500 in books were donated that will be distributed to Spread The Word Nevada adopted elementary schools. Additionally, nearly 1,200 Clark County School District kindergartners from 12 elementary schools experienced a school field trip to the museum including transportation sponsored by Barrick Gold.

For more information about Spread The Word Nevada visit spreadthewordnevada.org/ and for DISCOVERY Children’s Museum visit www.discoverykidslv.org/.

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Interim Chief Executive Office Tifferney White (3rd from left) and Director of Marketing & Public Relations Denyce Tuller (right) present the hundreds of books collected at the book drive to Spread The Word Nevada Executive Director Lisa Habighorst (third from right), Director of Development Pam Lang (second from right), Director of Programs Cindy Hensel (second from left), and Director of Marketing and Communication Vicki Soares (left).

Teens Invited to Participate in Junior Leader Program

The City of Henderson’s Teens-N-Training (TNT) junior leader program is accepting applications through 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10. The program provides teens with practical, hands-on learning and training experiences designed to instill and encourage leadership, responsibility, teamwork and self-confidence. Participation is $110 per teen (ages 14 and 15) and includes training and T-shirts.

A program overview and printable application are available at cityofhenderson.com. Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to the City of Henderson’s Youth Enrichment Office, at 280 Water St.

The purpose of the TNT program is to train teens to become future recreation leaders and to provide support to the city’s youth summer camps and programs, which are hosted at various recreation centers and satellite locations throughout Henderson.

Teens are selected through an interview process, and given a glimpse of what an actual job interview might entail. Selected applicants receive summer assignments based on skills, interests and availability.

TNT volunteer service hours may qualify for community service credit with the Clark County School District. Teens are encouraged to contact their school guidance counselors and receive prior approval.

For additional information, visit cityofhenderson.com or call 702-267-4100.

Children Focused Non-profits Work Together in Educating Youth

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum and Spread The Word Nevada recently completed a four month collaboration in conjunction with the museum’s traveling exhibit Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites. Both non-profits focus on children and education and by teaming together they both expanded their programming to elementary school students.

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum held a Scholastic Book Fair opening weekend of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites generating more than $1600.00 in Scholastic book credits for Richard Rundle and Jack Dailey Elementary Schools. A book drive was also conducted throughout the run of the traveling exhibit where guests received a $2 discount off museum daily admission if they donated a new or gently used book. Nearly $500 in books were donated that will be distributed to Spread The Word Nevada adopted elementary schools. Additionally, nearly 1,200 Clark County School District kindergartners from 12 elementary schools experienced a school field trip to the museum including transportation sponsored by Barrick Gold.

For more information about Spread The Word Nevada visit spreadthewordnevada.org/ and for DISCOVERY Children’s Museum visit www.discoverykidslv.org/.

Nintendo’s 2015 “The Legend of Zelda” Concert Series Coming to Las Vegas

Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda” symphony concert series will come to Las Vegas, on its latest tour “Master Quest.” The show, which celebrates the beloved 28-year-old video game franchise, will make this world tour stop on June 10, at The Venetian Theatre.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform orchestral arrangements of music from the games of “The Legend of Zelda” universe, accompanied by video content from the games themselves.

The Las Vegas concert will be taped for a national music special scheduled to air at a later date on Public Television and AXS TV.

This new concert series will tour across the United States, Asia and Europe in 2015 as The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess – Master Quest, and will feature music and images from Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda’s” most recent game releases.

“How beautiful to see an art form revived,” said a review in the Vancouver Observer. “The symphony is not a dying venue for aging minds but a potent way to communicate emotions via technology.”

Tickets for the Las Vegas performance are available through Ticketmaster, or at any Venetian or Palazzo box office by calling (702) 414-9000. Tickets start at $50 (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets are available to Grazie members, The Venetian and The Palazzo’s premier resort-wide Loyalty Program, at 20 percent discount. Tickets are also available to Club Nintendo members at a 15 percent discount.

What is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

What is RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus, commonly known as RSV, is a virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. RSV can be severe for infants under 6 months of age. It’s the most common cause of pneumonia in children under the age of 1 year in the US (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2010). Almost everyone gets RSV by the age of 2.

Who is at risk?

Children who are at high risk for a severe case of RSV are premature infants (those born early at less than 36 weeks), those under 2 years of age with a congenital heart condition or chronic lung disease, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Infants who are exposed to tobacco smoke and those whose mother smoked during pregnancy are also at risk.

How is RSV spread?

RSV is very contagious, spreading whenever someone infected with RSV coughs or sneezes and the infected droplets come in contact with your mouth, nose or eyes.

What are the symptoms of RSV?

The symptoms of RSV are similar to the common cold. Those with RSV may have a cough, runny nose, sneezing, fever and poor appetite. Infants may become irritable, have decreased activity and breathing difficulties (CDC, 2010).

How can you treat RSV?

Because RSV is a virus and not a bacterial infection, antibiotics won’t work. Make certain that your child receives plenty of fluids. You can use a cool mist vaporizer to keep the air moist. Have your child blow their nose frequently to remove the mucus. For infants, you can use a bulb syringe.

When should you call your doctor?

You should call your doctor immediately if your child develops any of the following symptoms (March of Dimes, 2010):

  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Wheezing (makes a ‘whistling’ sound when breathing);
  • Worsening cough;
  • Thick yellow or green nasal drainage;
  • Difficulty swallowing or sucking;
  • Fever; or
  • Looks blue around mouth or fingertips.

How can you prevent your child from getting RSV?

There is no vaccine to prevent RSV. But you can help to prevent the spread. The RSV virus can live on surfaces for several hours (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID], 2008). Clean any surfaces that may be contaminated with the RSV virus with soap and water or disinfectant. There are many surfaces that we may not think about such as doorknobs, toys, phones, tables, pens and pencils:

If you can take action on even some of the above recommendations you are taking a step towards keeping your child healthy and free from RSV. Remember, to talk with your pediatrician about any concerns you may have and treatment options for RSV.

Reviewed by Dr Michael C McQueen, founder of Good Night Pediatrics which provides all-night urgent care for children every night of the year from 5PM to 5AM.

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