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Meneley Elementary hosts Walk-A-Thon

by Amy Roby

The Parent-Teacher Organization at Meneley Elementary hosts their fourth annual “Walking on Sunshine” walk-a-thon on Sept. 21 from 9:30-11 a.m.

The event shines a spotlight on school spirit and healthy living, and every student participates. Students collect flat-rate donations only (not per-lap sponsorships), and may solicit donations door-to-door only if accompanied by a responsible adult. This is the only fundraiser that the PTO holds during the school year, and 100 percent of the money collected stays within the school. Collected funds help cover the costs associated with the purchase of updated playground equipment, assemblies, classroom supplies, and special programs including the science fair, invention convention, and yearly art celebration.

Students are eligible to earn a variety of prizes. City National Bank has again donated brand-new bicycles for the event, to be awarded to the top earners in each grade level from kindergarten through sixth. For each $10 raised, students receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win additional items. Every student who collects $20 in donations earns a CCMES keylight; $40 will add a CCMES mood cup.

Please consider supporting one of our local schools by contributing to this worthwhile fundraiser, either through a monetary donation, or by offering a prize for the raffle. For more information, please contact Kathy Brown at 265-7025 or

Always Lost: A Meditation on War on display at Sierra Nevada College

Western Nevada College’s compelling and provocative exhibition, Always Lost: A Meditation on War, is on display Sept. 13-23 at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village’s Prim Library, as part of SNC’s Writers in the Woods series. The multimedia exhibit features poetry, prose, Pulitzer Prize-winning Iraq War combat photos (courtesy of The Dallas Morning News), and the Wall of the Dead, a photographic collage of the over 6,500 American military personnel who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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The Always Lost art/humanities exhibition originated in a creative writing class at WNC and has been on a national tour since 2010. I was a student in the class that developed the original exhibition and was hired on as project manager of Always Lost in 2011. Called “a national treasure” by one viewer, the exhibit has been invited to Washington, D.C. by members of the U.S. Senate. After the installation at SNC, the exhibition travels to Michigan Technological Institute and continues throughout the East and Midwest in 2013.

The Always Lost installation at Sierra Nevada College ties into a special event on Sept. 21 featuring author, journalist and Vietnam War veteran Tim O’Brien. His novel, “The Things They Carried,” about his experiences as an infantryman, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and was the book chosen by SNC as a “Community Read.” O’Brien will speak Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (775) 831-1314.

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