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February 28, 2015

Community Connections Wish List

The Public Education Foundation
3360 West Sahara Ave., Suite 160
Las Vegas, NV 89102


The mission of the Public Education Foundation is to mobilize community and global resources to support and impact public education through initiatives, programs and promising practices designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children.

Our solutions to the challenges of educating a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population are impacting schools and the school district at multiple levels from grassroots classroom participation to systemic reform. Our initiatives and programs empower teachers and students, reduce bureaucracy, ensure accountability, leverage resources and deliver results.


Scholarships provide students the opportunity to pursue higher educational goals and in many cases make college and university experience accessible to students who might not otherwise dream of a college education.

The Grant Program offers teachers and administrators grants to implement best practices or test new teaching methodologies.

Clark County READS is a literacy initiative that provides books to students, classrooms and school libraries, as well as recruits and trains volunteer reading tutors to work with struggling readers. Clark County READS’ programs include Reading Is Fundamental, Reach Out and Read, Reading Partner, Library Enhancement, Book Re-Use and Boots Up for Reading.

The Teacher EXCHANGE is a re-use resource center for Southern Nevada's public school teachers. Donations of new and re-usable materials, supplies, surplus materials, computers and office equipment are collected from community businesses and individuals and provided free-of-charge to teachers to enhance classroom instruction.

Project SMILE provides students who are not eligible for any other dental assistance with critical treatment for dental problems that interfere with learning.

Shakespeare in the Schools is an educational-outreach program that has been bringing Shakespeare to the teachers students of Clark County for 16 years.

Nevada PIE exists to strengthen public school education that is respectful of and responsive to the many cultures, languages and diverse learning styles of Nevada's children and youth.

Help is an online resource clearinghouse that provides current information, ideas, and resources to enhance drug and violence prevention.

You Can Help by Providing Goods

The Teacher EXCHANGE accepts donations of new and reusable materials, office supplies, surplus materials, computers, office equipment and furniture.

Clark County READS accepts new and gently used children's books.

You Can Help by Volunteering

Volunteering with The Public Education Foundation gives you a chance to be a part of strengthening our public schools and making a difference in the lives of thousands of children. Whether you want to volunteer on a regular basis or just occasionally, there are a number of volunteer opportunities available to you. Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Some of the Foundation's current volunteer needs include assisting with mailings, distributing and shelving books, special events staff, inventory and warehousing, writing and Web programming.

In addition, Clark County READS is the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation that recruits and trains volunteer reading tutors to work with struggling readers.

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