Making a mark for Clark County youth

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Nathan Adelson Hospice Locations to Serve as Drop-Off Points for ‘Back to School’ Supplies for Local Elementary Schools

Through Aug. 22, Nathan Adelson Hospice will serve as a drop-off point for much-needed school supplies for students at Robert L. Taylor and Sunrise Acres elementary schools. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at one of the following Nathan Adelson Hospice locations:  4141 Swenson St., off East Flamingo Road, or 3150 N. Tenaya Way, at the corner of Cheyenne Avenue.

“At a time when budgets are tight in the school district, we are happy to help out the teachers and students at these schools,” said Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice.

Fisher said Nathan Adelson Hospice adopted Robert L. Taylor Elementary School in 2009 after a prominent school educator, Cliff Kehoe, became a patient at the hospice.  He was a dedicated educator and supporter of high-risk students, and Fisher promised him that “his work would continue to flourish” even after his passing in April 2009.

The Nathan Adelson Hospice team expanded their efforts to include Sunrise Acres Elementary School in 2010.

Among school supplies needed are:

  • Backpacks
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Tissue
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Rulers
  • Binders
  • Paper towels
  • Zip lock bags

The donations will be delivered to the schools prior to the first day of classes on Aug. 27, 2012.

Help of Southern Nevada hosts school supply drive

HELP of Southern Nevada, the Valley’s premier community resource since 1970, will collect supplies at its 1640 E. Flamingo Road headquarters for school-aged clients in need of assistance July 23 – September 13, Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Items needed include:

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  • dry erase markers
  • backpacks
  • three-ring notebooks
  • spiral notebooks
  • colored pencils
  • small sandwich bags
  • hand sanitizer
  • pencil cases
  • loose leaf paper
  • protractors
  • glue
  • pens
  • pencils
  • crayons
  • calculators
  • rulers
  • scissors
  • folders
  • tissues

Online donations can be made at to fill a backpack valued at $35 for a child.

Maurice Sendak: A vital childhood ingredient

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My son dressed as Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

When I heard that children’s author Maurice Sendak, 83, died last month, I instantly scooped up a copy of Where the Wild Things Are to read to my son. But first I closely reread the book myself — this time from the perspective of a mother, as opposed to a child.

Growing up I could never quite wrap my brain around one particular line in Wild Things: “We’ll eat you up – we love you so!” Wait, what? If they love him, why the heck would they want to eat him?

But now that I have a son of my own who I resist the urge to “eat up” daily, I totally get it!

Rest in peace Mr. Sendak. Your book was a vital ingredient in my childhood and will continue to flavor many children’s lives!

Samsung Galaxy Note caricature artist drawn to technology at CES 2012

See more of Howard’s caricatures from CES 2012, here.

Free Christmas Activity Page – Decorate the Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas from Big Doodle Head!

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Free Hanukkah Activity Page – Decorate the Menorah

The dreidel is spinning, the latkes are fried,
the presents are wrapped, and the ribbons all tied.

Draw a flame on each candle for all eight nights
to help create a colorful Festival of Lights!

Whether you spell is Hanukkah or Chanukah, we here at Big Doodle Head wish you a happy one!

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