81°F
weather icon Clear

Pahrump Moose Lodge helping homeless children fund

There appears to be some positive news regarding homeless children enrolled in the Nye County School District.

The number of homeless students, also known as “Children in Transition,” has declined when compared to last year’s count, according to the district’s homeless liaison, Linda Fitzgibbons.

At present, the count stands at 268 children identified as homeless, compared to 280 in 2016, ending in the month of October.

Fitzgibbons said the latest numbers may reflect a positive trend, even though the counts tend to fluctuate each month.

“This is our first report of the school year and we are starting out 12 students lower than we had last year at this time,” she said. “This is our first year of online enrollment and we are doing our best to contact the parents and guardians to make sure they qualify for the program and didn’t just hit the wrong button. At the end of last year, we ended up with 380 students, which was much lower than the previous year.”

Local assistance

The plight of the district’s homeless students was not lost on officials at the Pahrump Moose Lodge, who year in and year out, strive to support the district’s homeless student population.

Jim Cornell is a trustee with the Pahrump Moose Lodge.

Cornell said the lodge is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, in support of the school district’s homeless fund. The event is from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. in the lodge, 1100 E. Second St. in Pahrump.

“We have a donation dinner for the Nye County School District’s homeless fund on November 12,” he said. “We are hoping to get a good turnout from the community. We did more than $2,000 last year with our donation dinner in just three hours. Those who want additional information on the Pahrump Moose Lodge can call me at 775-764-9376, or stop by the Moose Lodge and talk to any member.”

Hard facts

The number of homeless students enrolled in the Pahrump attendance area is at best, striking.

At the elementary grade level, Manse Elementary on the valley’s north end has the highest number of homeless students at 49, followed by J.G. Johnson Elementary School at 34, while Floyd Elementary’s total is 32.

Hafen Elementary School had the lowest number at 12.

Meanwhile, Rosemary Clarke Middle School and Pahrump Valley High School’s homeless student population registered at 46 and 40 students respectively.

Pahrump’s Pathways, a non-traditional school where students are engaged in learning using an assisted and independent learning approach, checked in at 10 students, for grade levels sixth through 12th.

Fitzgibbons noted the latest report is at best, promising.

“With the economy getting better and better, more people are finding a home of their own, so hopefully we will be able to keep those numbers lower this year.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
FEMA vaccination clinic shifts to Beatty

Hundreds of Nye County residents braved warm temperatures in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations in Pahrump on Thursday.

WGU unveils Essential Workers Scholarship

Western Governors University Nevada announced Wednesday a new scholarship program for essential workers seeking degrees in high-demand career fields including business, teaching, information technology and health professions, such as nursing.

Hospice symposium to focus on equity in end-of-life care

Nathan Adelson Hospice will host its 17th annual Multicultural Symposium virtually beginning at 1 p.m. April 14 with a variety of topics addressing equity in end-of-life care.

State’s tax amnesty period ends May 1 for businesses

There is less than one month left of Nevada’s Tax Amnesty program that began Feb. 1. Business entities that have unpaid tax debt can file/pay their taxes online or download the missing tax returns that are available on the Department of Taxation’s website https://tax.nv.gov/

Fleeing man arrested at gunpoint in Pahrump

One man was arrested and taken into custody following a disturbance at Bank of America just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.

Nye County votes to fully reopen, sidestep mask mandate

On Tuesday, April 6, the Nye County Commission, after several hours of public comment and debate, voted 5-0 to approve fully reopening Nye County and its businesses, and to essentially do away with the mask mandate.

Letters to the Editor

Good, bad, and ugly are present in today’s society

Overnight oatmeal is power packed for pennies

When it comes to cheap eats it doesn’t get more frugal and fabulous than oatmeal. It’s a whole grain, packed with fiber and nutrients, the taste is compatible with endless variations, and costs mere pennies per serving. Are you sold yet? How about this: you can literally make it while your sleep. Does that appeal to your inner multi-tasker? Yup. Mine, too.

Drive-thru Senior Fair set at Inspirations in Pahrump

Pahrump Valley seniors should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 17 when they will have a chance to head out to the Drive-Thru Senior Fair at Inspirations Senior Living Center, where there will be a plethora of organizations gathered for an event intended to help educate the older population about the area’s many valuable resources.

Pahrump’s Community Easter Curbside hailed as huge hit

At 10 a.m. on a bright and sunny Saturday morning, a line of vehicles started forming at the NyE Communities Coalition and suddenly it was go-time for the dozens of volunteers on hand for this year’s Community Easter Curbside Pick-up Event.