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WCSD Volunteer Services Weekly Update   Leave a comment

 The White House Science Fair

Sounds like a summer blockbuster to us!


Pres. Obama announces Stem AameriCorps expansion

At today’s White House Science Fair, President Obama announced a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps.

A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six states who will serve 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools.

Another new partnership with US2020 and Citizen Schools will support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families.

These expansions build on existing partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations.

Altogether, hundreds of AmeriCorps members engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning — building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.


AmeriCorps VISTA members with Valerie Jarrett

AmeriCorps VISTA members with Valerie Jarrett

 Two AmeriCorps VISTA members had a front seat for all the action: Danielle Owens (left), who serves with Maker Education Initiative in Culver City, CA; and Lauren Sadler (right), from US FIRST in Washington, D.C.  After walking through the exhibits and hearing the President, they met with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President (center).(They also got to meet other special guests… including this science guy!)

While all this was happening, our experts hit the lab to have some fun with the periodic table… check it out on Facebook.

AmeriCorps, National and Community Service



Junior League of Reno Inc. Charitable Donations  &

Liberty Wheelchair Swing Dedication


On Saturday May 31, 2014, the Junior League of Reno Charitable Donations and Liberty Wheelchair Swing Dedication was held from 11:00 am – 1 pm at the Dick Taylor Memorial Park, 1301 Valley Road, Reno, NV.

Participating were  Julee M. Conway, MBA, CPRP, Director Parks, Recreation & Community Services along with Junior League of Reno Inc. Staff Members and VISTA’s Jennifer Bullock & Mick Lount, Photos/Reporter.


On this day the Junior League of Reno commemorated its 35th anniversary with a free event at Inspiration Station located at the Dick Taylor Memorial Park.


Cutting the ribbon to the liberty chair dedication.


Inspiration Station was officially opened in 2013 after nearly five years of fundraising and developing community partnerships. The playground has proven beneficial for families and children with limited accessibility.

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The League also unveiled a new wheelchair swing to provide additional mobility options for children and parents. And to celebrate 35 years of giving, non-profit organizations throughout the region will receive up to $35,000 in grant funds from the League’s Community Enrichment Fund.

Julee M Conway, MBA, CPRP - Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Julee M Conway, MBA, CPRP – Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Mission Statement:
The Junior League of Reno Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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On hand to receive a grant made payable to the Washoe County School District for $5,940 was VISTA Jennifer Bullock who was delighted and extremely appreciative of such a generous gesture.


The grant will go towards the First Teacher Training Program which will develop face-to-face training and web based electronic training tools in English and Spanish to support learning at home in Pre K-12th grades.

The intent is to encourage and enable family engagement in the learning process so that the parents will be able to understand what is necessary for the student to accomplish.

Even if they have a limited education or low attainment in the English language, this program will enable them to follow the curriculum and this will also help parents identify resources, vitally important for the middle and high school grades.


From Superintendent’s Friday Minute

I am so proud to announce that Brian Williams from the Think Kindness non-profit organization visited Stead Elementary School this week to spread the news that they won the Think Kindness challenge and that Stead Elementary is the kindest school in America! I commend these thoughtful, giving students, parents, and staff of Stead Elementary along with their surrounding community for coming together and doing something for the greater good. Stead Elementary School collected more than 2,400 pairs of shoes for the children of Kenya so that they can attend school. In addition, students performed acts of kindness, wrote down their information on small slips of paper, and created a half-mile long “chain” of kindness at their school.



You learn something every day if you pay attention.
By:  Ray LeBlond



Washoe County School District
Volunteer Services

To learn more about Volunteer Opportunities with WCSD please go to:  or call: 775-348-0346.

Upcoming WCSD Events   Leave a comment

Here are some interesting events happening this month that you might want to attend:


8,9 & 10 – North Valleys HS Faculty Play 2013 Scholarship Fundraiser

14 -18 – City of Sparks Teen Discovery Fall Break

14 -18 – Great Basin Naturalist Outdoor Skills Camp

14 – 18 – Urban Roots Garden Classrooms Harvest Camp

18 – 20th Annual McQueen Craft Faire

30 – Marvin Picollo’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Open House

Friday Minute   Leave a comment

The WCSD Performance Framework (WCSD-PF) is the topic of conversation during this week’s Supercast. WCSD publicly unveiled the latest data this week for the framework, a monitoring system which allows us to target resources and
support to each of our schools according to their individual needs. We recognize there have been many achievements among our schools over the past year, but we also see challenges ahead. Our framework, which builds upon the state’s
performance framework, offers us the opportunity to tailor our efforts toward each school’s successes and needs so we can help each of our students move toward our ultimate goal—Every Child, By Name and Face, to Graduation.

The annual Run for Education event, sponsored by the Education Alliance, is right around the corner, and I hope you will all plan to attend this tremendously popular fundraiser for WCSD. This year’s run takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Legends at Sparks Marina. This family-friendly outdoor event represents an important and worthwhile effort to raise money for our schools.  Next Friday, Oct. 4, is the deadline for schools to submit their registration
materials for the Run for Education. For more information, visit the Education
Alliance website here.

Our District is proud to celebrate the contributions of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures. As part of that effort to recognize and reflect upon the varied heritages represented in our schools, the Board of Trustees heard a wonderful staff presentation this week about Hispanic Heritage Month. We educate more than 21,000 Latino students, and I was proud to join the Board in honoring the contributions of our Latino community.

Pedro Martinez
Washoe County School District


Macy’s Shop For A Cause Fundraiser   Leave a comment

Macy’s 8th Annual Shop For A Cause was held Saturday August 24th from 8:00am – 4pm at Macy’s, Meadowood Mall, Reno, NV.

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Vista’s participating were Olivia Callison, Yerania Alverez, Paulette Bridges, Jennifer Bullock, Erin Casey, Maggie Culpepper, Raquel Gutierrez, Mick Lount (Photos), Imelis Morales-Ruiz &  Media Wright.

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Also present was Lisa-Marie Lightfoot, Administrator of the Washoe County School District, Volunteer Services.

Macy’s Shop For A Cause is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities fundraising efforts that, since 2006, has helped raise more than $46 million for thousands of charities and non-profits across the country.

In 2012, more than 7,000 charities signed up to participate.  This event offered the Washoe County School District, Volunteer Services, an excellent opportunity to promote the various programs that are currently ongoing throughout the district.  These include the Read & Succeed and Math Path Tutoring Programs, community book drives, fund raising events and the promotion of public awareness.

By purchasing a shopping pass from a participating charity, customers could support their favorite causes while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, including special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases, entertainment and special events at Macy’s throughout the day.


As well as all the huge discounts on offer to entice the shoppers, VISTA Mick Lount provided some musical entertainment which was very well received and helped to boost the sale of shopping passes.

Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities, giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of their customers.

Washoe County School District
Volunteer Services

TMCC Community College Job Fair   Leave a comment

On Wednesday,  April 10, 2013, from 10.00am – 2pm the Truckee Meadows Community College Job Fair was held at the Dandini Campus of the Truckee Meadows Community College.

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In attendance from our WCSD Volunteer Services department were Americorp Vistas:  Jennifer Bullock, Shawnna Cox & Mick Lount.

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The Trucking Meadows Community College’s Job Fair was attended by an enthusiastic gathering of TMCC students, alumni, faculty and staff. Washoe County School District Volunteers Services manned one of the many display tables present and were encouraged by the high number of names submitted by interested students.

The event was well attended with lunch and refreshments amply provided by TMCC Dandini Campus.

Washoe County School District
Volunteer Services
425 E. 9th Street
Reno, NV  89512

Barnes & Noble Christmas Fundraising Event   Leave a comment

Christmas Season in full swing for WCSD Volunteer Services: December 10-14, and 23, 2012:
We are the lucky recipients of a one week-long Barnes and Noble gift wrapping donation event.  Funds earned will provide WCSD Volunteer Services VISTA’s an opportunity to decide what project they would like to support.  We thank “Mary” B & N Manager and “Caddie”, Public Relations.
VISTA’s, Maureen Koski, Raquel Gutierrez, Mick Lount and Jennifer Bullock were the beneficiaries of generous donations from customers.  It was especially gratifying to share our program of volunteer tutors in the schools.  The public felt their contribution was worthwhile because of the need for first through third grade intervention. The occasion gave us an opportunity to network while we wrapped; Ann Vargas’ article from Senior Magazine was our best marketing agent.  Most people had no idea what we do until we gave them our handout.
During this same time another opportunity for giving occurred; this time initiated by “Fran,” a bus driver for WCSD.  I overheard her talking about a destitute family whose children had no winter clothing, etc.  The siblings were of various sizes-Fern brought a list from one of the teachers coordinating their needs.  I approached six individuals within my neighborhood and asked if they would like to help fulfill the list.  No one hesitated, in fact they became excited and shopped for the best-we rounded out each coat, shoes, etc. with hats, extra gloves and socks.  This was one of the happiest weeks I have spent, each mutually agreed.
Happy Holidays from all of us!
Jennifer Bullock
VISTA/WCSD Volunteer Services
Development Coordinator

Inaugural Poker Run   Leave a comment

WCSD Volunteer Services will be holding their Inaugural Poker Run on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.  The Poker Run begins at Sparky’s Bar & Grill, 9570 S. McCarran  Blvd. (McCarran & 4th) at 11:00 am.


To register go to: and print out the entry form OR  register at Sparky’s between 9 am and 11 am on Nov. 3, 2012.

100% of the funds generated will be donated to the Washoe County School District Volunteer Services.

Questions?  Call:  775-348-0346.

This will be a fun fundraising event, come out and join us!

WCSD Volunteer Services
425 E. 9th Street Reno, NV  89512


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