When you think of Las Vegas, you might think of sunshine, casinos, the strip, or the spinning of roulette wheels. But there's another side to the Las Vegas Valley that most people don't see: we're a tight-knit community trying to weather the ups and downs of an uncertain economy, and we are committed to working together so that all our kids can get a great education.
Clark County School District (CCSD), which serves the Las Vegas Valley, is the fifth largest school district in the nation. Only about two thirds of the district’s 315,000 students graduate from high school. Additionally, Nevada has the lowest percentage of children enrolled in early childhood programs in the country. This poses a serious threat to our state's economic growth. If we can't provide a quality education for all of our kids, then their futures and our community's prospects begin to look dim.
There's great need here, but there's also great opportunity. Since 2004, Teach for America – Las Vegas has placed nearly 700 corps members in the Las Vegas Valley, reaching over 40,000 students growing up in poverty. We've also partnered with CCSD, Zappos, Inc., University of Nevada Las Vegas, and other organizations to improve outcomes for all kids. Community leaders in the Las Vegas Valley recognize that education is the key to improving quality of life for all Las Vegans, and everyone is coming together for our students and our future. Look past your assumptions of Las Vegas, and you'll see a community on the verge of change.