School culinary program first in Nevada to receive national accreditation



image001The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology (AACT) at 380 Edison Way, Reno, part of Washoe County School District, has just had its culinary program certified by the Secondary Committee of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.

American Culinary Federation, Inc. is the authority on food in America as proclaimed by the US Congress in 1976.  This is the first school in Nevada and one of only 12 in the entire Western United States to receive this very significant educational recognition.  Students who graduate this June and pass ACF testing will receive a Certificate of National Accreditation as an ACF Junior Culinarian.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the school there will be a ceremony to recognize the accomplishment. Bonanza Produce, US Foods and French Gourmet, who underwrote the cost for this very detailed and rigorous process, will also be  recognized. A luncheon served by the student will follow.

Unveiling of a permanent plaque will commemorate the occasion.  The superintendent and  other invited guests including Gov. Brian Sandoval,  Mayor Geno Martini  of Sparks and       Mayor Bob Cashell of Reno will participate in this event.

The High Sierra Chefs Association Educational Fund, Inc., part of the High Sierra Chefs Association, Inc., the local Chapter of the ACF, is responsible for coordinating this effort.  HSCA, Inc.  founded in 1977 in Reno,  has a roster of 245 culinary professionals, students, educators and industry associates throughout northern Nevada and northern California.

Cooperative Extension offers training in Food Safety in Horticultural Operations


RadishesUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Department of Agriculture will offer an Introduction to Food Safety in Horticultural Operations training, focusing on risk management and good agricultural practices March 11. The training will provide an introduction to on-farm food-safety practices related to fruit and vegetable production. Participants will learn principles of good agricultural and handling practices.

“This training teaches how to ensure fresh horticultural products are safer for consumers and how to reduce risk to the farm business associated with legal action if a contaminated product were to enter the marketing channel,” White Pine County Extension Educator Seth Urbanowitz said. “It will allow fruit and vegetable producers to sell to a larger group of people, and it’s great for public health officials, schools, farmers market managers and agriculture professionals.”

The training will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration starting at 8:20 a.m. Training sessions began last fall, with Urbanowitz training more than 50 people so far.

“Food safety is important in providing the consumer high-quality safe food, mitigating risk and gaining market access,” Urbanowitz said.

According to Urbanowitz, producers should have a food-safety plan for their farms so that they can think more comprehensively about food safety and ultimately prepare for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) /Good Handling Practices (GHP) audit. After attending the training, participants may go through the audit process to be certified one year under the GAP/GHP certification, as well as apply for cost-share funding for the cost of the audit.

With more schools and restaurants trying to buy locally produced fruits and vegetables, producers need some type of safety certification to meet the terms of the contracts with these entities. Direct-market farmers have an opportunity to be certified and even have the cost of certification reduced through the cost-share program, which will cover 75 percent of all costs associated with a successful USDA GHP/GAP audit, up to a maximum of $750. To qualify for disbursement, applicants must have successfully completed an approved USDA audit between June 1, 2013 and July 30, 2015.

The March 11 training will be held at the Cooperative Extension Office in Caliente and broadcast to interactive video sites at Cooperative Extension offices in Elko, Logandale, Pahrump and Reno. Cost is $10 per person.

The training is part of Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program that helps farmers and ranchers develop agricultural entrepreneurship, implement sustainable agricultural marketing strategies and improve profitability. Since 2011, the program has reached several hundred farmers and ranchers across the state. Two-thirds of the participants reported they would make changes in their business practices because of what they learned through the program.

For more information or to register for the Good Agricultural Practices training, contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Kintz at Cooperative Extension, 775-945-3444, ext. 12 or Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call 775-945-3444 at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

Cooperative Extension offers landscapers free Living With Fire course

NV Home Walkway Lakeview

NV Home Walkway LakeviewUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension will offer a free course for landscape professionals 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 17 at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, to provide information on how landscaping design and materials play a crucial role in reducing the threat of wildfire to homes. The course is part of the Living With Fire Program, and is offered in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildland-Urban Interface Conference.

“Landscapes designed to incorporate the concepts discussed in this course can help homes survive a wildfire,” Ed Smith, Cooperative Extension’s natural resource specialist said. “We’re looking forward to offering this course and informing landscape industry professionals about their important role in reducing the wildfire threat.”

Smith is the director of the Living With Fire Program, which educates homeowners on how to live more safely in high wildfire-hazard environments. Smith created the program in 1997, in collaboration with the University’s Agricultural Experiment Station and firefighting agencies. Since then, various components of the program have been adapted and used in 19 other states. The Living With Fire course for landscapers, “Training for Great Basin Landscape Professionals,” has been offered three times in prior years, training more than 100 landscape professionals on landscape techniques and principles to make homes more safe from the threat of wildfire.

“Firefighters have a much better chance of saving a home when these landscape principles are followed,” Smith explained. “We have had several homeowners tell us that their homes were saved when wildfires occurred because they followed these landscape recommendations.”

Topics include an introduction to wildland and local fire behavior, the influence of residential landscape features on firefighting, ignition resistance of landscape building materials, good and bad plant choices for high fire-hazard areas and more.

Participants who complete the course will gain continuing education credits; those who pass a written exam will receive a certificate of completion in “Living With Fire for Landscape Professionals,” and will have their names posted on the Living With Fire website and on a list distributed at local events or upon request.

To register for the course, visit, or contact Sonya Sistare at or 775-336-0271. Space is limited, and registration closes March 9. The course is provided by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, with funding from a State Fire Assistance grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service, with additional support from the Nevada Landscape Association and International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Cooperative Extension hosts Brain Health Lunch-and-Learn Seminars

University of Nevada Cooperative ExtensionCARSON CITY, Nev. – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is presenting Cleveland Clinic’s Brain Health Lunch-and-Learn Seminars at the Carson City Cooperative Extension Office, 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 12.

Brain Health Lunch-and-Learn Seminars are free community seminars held each month at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus (located in Las Vegas) and made available via videoconference to other locations. The seminars feature presentations by leading Cleveland Clinic physicians and allied health professionals. These discussions provide an in-depth look at individual health concerns. Each lecture is followed by a question-and-answer period. The seminars being hosted via videoconference by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at their Carson City office include:

  • March 5, noon – 1 p.m. Grief & Loss After the Diagnosis of a Life Changing Illness — Grief and loss can be common feelings for both patients with a chronic illness and their families over the course of the illness. Gain an understanding of coping strategies that can be helpful.
  • March 12, noon – 1 p.m. Living With Younger-onset Alzheimer’s Disease — When someone under 65 is diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young, does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help?
  • March 19, noon – 1 p.m. Planning for Placement of a Loved One — Placing a loved one in a care or living facility can be a confusing and emotional decision for the whole family. Learn what factors to consider when making this difficult decision.
  • March 26, noon – 1 p.m. Managing the Freezing Episodes in Parkinson’s — Freezing is one of the impairments experienced with Parkinson’s disease. Learn to lessen freezing episodes by making your home environment safer and practice exercises to move out of freezing episodes safely.

Check-in begins at 11:50 a.m. the day of each seminar. Advance registration is appreciated to ensure ample seating and materials, but walk-ins are welcome. Those wanting to register should call 775-887-2252 before each program. Lunch is not provided; attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the seminars.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension encourages those with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Those anticipating any type of accommodation or having questions about the physical access provided should contact 775-887-2252 in advance.

Silver Springs students receive national attention for food projects

This week, farmers from Churchille Buttes Organics donated seedlings, Healthy Communities Coalition's Community Roots donated lettuce and garlic seeds and row covers, and local parents, plus farmers from Dirt Merchant Farms, joined the GREEN Team 6th graders, digging and preparing rows for planting (Photo by Rachel Leach, permission to use)

SUBMITTED NEWS — After their keynote address at the Northern Nevada Food Systems Summit at the Governor’s Mansion in November 2013, Silver Springs teacher Rachel Leach and her 6th grade GREEN Team received a standing ovation from nearly 200 of Nevada’s leading food system experts.

New Developments: The applause was well deserved. The GREEN Team’s nationally recognized, award winning gardening/composting/ recycling/food waste reduction project has attracted statewide and even national attention. New connections made at the Food Summit have led to even more good news, including a school gardeners’ network in Lyon County, and a “biotecture” use for Silver Stage Elementary’s disposable lunch trays, cartons, etc. – they’re being incorporated into a nearby farmer’s “earthship”, a type of passive solar building made of natural and recycled materials. And as part of a special session at the Nevada Small Farm Conference in February 2014, Rachel Leach will be among the speakers describing how the “Farm to School” concept can be used innovatively in the curriculum.

Description of the GREEN Team Project: This well-organized, cross-disciplinary project was designed by Silver Springs Elementary teacher Rachel Leach, along with her 6th grade students. They’ve expanded a school garden and hoop house project to include a composting micro-business, and developed a brilliant system for reducing food waste and recyclables. The project is full of hands-on lessons in science, math, sustainable agricultural practices, and cooking, plus real-world lessons in business, responsibility, leadership skills, frugality, and good nutrition.

Rachel writes, ” I don’t think there’s a better place to teach in the world. Our students are kind and determined – the struggles they face don’t break them, they simply make them stronger and more empathetic toward others… My class decided to take over our school garden and start a composting and waste reduction project that has so far reduced our lunchtime garbage from 20 bags of trash a day to less than 4, with a total weight of 250 lbs per day reduced to under 35 lbs a day…’Composting project’ is a misnomer. These kids do so much more than just compost. They recycle, they give non-compostables to a local community member who raises pigs, and they save taxpayers money by using fewer garbage bags each day. In fact, this project has added a week onto our compactor schedule – instead of picking up the school’s compactor every third week, it is now picked up every fourth week. It has really morphed into something amazing, by far the most powerful thing I’ve ever experienced in my teaching career.”

National, Statewide, and Regional Recognition: In the last year, the GREEN Team project has received praise from Elise Golan, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, who writes, “This really is fabulous. We’ll be happy to list Silver Stage Elementary (led by the amazing 6th grade GREEN Team) as our first K-12 participant [in the USDA's Food Waste Challenge]. All best regards and congratulations on a job well done!” The project has also received praise from Aurora Buffington at Nevada Health Division Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, from Clark County Food Hub Strategies group, from USDA Rural Development director in Nevada, Sarah Adler, and from Cliff Owl from USDA Food Waste Challenge who writes, “You really are setting quite the example.”

Setting a National Example in Food Waste Reduction: The GREEN Team has been asked to create a webinar for other schools in the U.S. to show them how to get started on a similar project. Rachel explains, “I received a message to call a woman at the EPA regarding our entry into the national Food Waste Challenge. I returned her call during my prep and talked to her for almost 30 minutes, explaining what we’ve been doing, including our amazing visit to the Food Summit. She is so impressed with what we have going on here, (and it probably doesn’t hurt that we are the only K-12 school in the entire country participating right now!) that she wants us to create a webinar to help other schools across the country get started on a similar project. There are 3 categories to the competition, and although most participants only qualify for one category, we actually qualify for all three!”

Funding for the GREEN Team: The GREEN Team project is possible through a remarkable list of partnerships and collaborative work. Recently, the GREEN Team won a $2,500 award for their outstanding work through a competition funded by the Dolan Automotive Group in Reno that will help expand the ambitious goals of their project. This week, farmers from Churchille Buttes Organics donated seedlings, Healthy Communities Coalition’s Community Roots donated lettuce and garlic seeds and row covers, and local parents and farmers from Dirt Merchant Farms joined the GREEN Team in digging and preparing rows for planting. Previously, materials for the garden, hoop house, and composting project included food grade buckets from Sam’s Club, an insulated compost tumbler from the school, technical assistance from Churchill Buttes Organics (Marcia and Steve Litsinger), a compost thermometer from Cooperative Extension, and hoop house materials, organic alfalfa, worm bin, shovels, rakes, and a wheel barrow from Healthy Communities Coalition’s USDA NIFA grant.

This week, farmers from Churchille Buttes Organics donated seedlings, Healthy Communities Coalition's Community Roots donated lettuce and garlic seeds and row covers, and local parents, plus farmers from Dirt Merchant Farms, joined the GREEN Team 6th graders, digging and preparing rows for planting (Photo by Rachel Leach, permission to use)

This week, farmers from Churchille Buttes Organics donated seedlings, Healthy Communities Coalition’s Community Roots donated lettuce and garlic seeds and row covers, and local parents, plus farmers from Dirt Merchant Farms, joined the GREEN Team 6th graders, digging and preparing rows for planting (Photo by Rachel Leach, permission to use)

Lyon School District Champions School Gardens as STEM Labs and Outdoor Classrooms: The school garden and hoop house at SSES are among 7 others in the Lyon County School District, a District that is extremely supportive of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lesson potential of these “outdoor classrooms.” The start -up funding for the school hoop houses and gardens in Lyon County came through Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey grant funding through USDA and Nevada State Health Division. Technical guidance and initial organization was added by Healthy Communities Coalition’s nonprofit garden center, Community Roots, plus area farmers from Churchille Buttes, Dirt Merchants Farms, Holley Family Farms and Hungry Mother Organics. Volunteer labor to build the hoop houses and implement and maintain the gardens included students, parents, school staff, Silver Stage Co-Op members, Boys and Girls Club members, etc.

REPORT: School District ranks high in national comparison

Pedro Martinez

Pedro MartinezEDAWN NEWS — EDAWN recently commissioned the Buckley Education Group. Inc. to complete a data analysis of the Washoe County School District as it compared to the 50 states. The objective was to determine how the district ranked (if it were a state) to the other 50 states in several key areas. The results of the report were enlightening and in-line with feedback that EDAWN has received from many of the existing and new employers. In short, the quality of the graduates here is very good. The report evaluated several criteria and in performance, WCSD ranked better than many states that have an excellent national reputation for education.

The report, dated December 2013, showed that the performance of the district excelled in several areas. For “College Readiness in all Subjects,” WCSD ranks 15th in the nation, ahead of Nebraska, California and most other states. Regarding “AP Test Takers” WCSD ranked 12th. On the “ACT test for Math and English” WCSD ranked 18th and 24th respectively, again ahead of many high performing states like Colorado, Utah and Oregon. Unfortunately, WCSD also ranked low in some key areas such as “Per Student Funding” 50th, “Student Teacher Ratio” 49th, and “Graduation Rate” 43rd.

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent of WCSD reviewed the report and said, “The results were very exciting and demonstrated what we already knew; the district programs, teachers and students were achieving real results and the results were far better than many of the national report cards have indicated.” He also said, “This national data is more than a year old and our recent data will show even greater success in the next report.”

Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN indicated, “The report was commissioned to answer the question that EDAWN often gets about the poor education rankings of the state. We know that our graduates here are very good because the companies we work with are usually quite impressed with the quality of the workforce.” He also said, “It is unfortunate that some in the state actually relish and promote the low state rankings, which are often driven by the low funding per student number, in an effort to forward their own agenda. Our WCSD is producing more college and career ready students with less. It’s time we recognize and celebrate that success and support their efforts.”

According to Jean Marie Buckley, CEO and President of Buckley Education Group, “It is evident that Washoe County has made education a priority. From the Washoe County Superintendent’s message to increase the college acceptance and attendance rates, to the commitment of the state of Nevada to increase graduation rates and test rates, both Washoe County and Nevada report an increase in the commitment to improve education results.”

Buckley Education Group, Inc. was tasked with researching the education data which reflects the demography of Western Nevada’s education system, statistics and educational outcomes. Educational data is complex and comprehensive, as mandates require public education systems to report baselines, growth modules and standards to the required agencies within the defined state. To provide information relevant on Western Nevada it was essential to review national data as well as regional data to best understand and ascertain the growth and standards of Western Nevada. To begin the data research, education data was aggregated from a macro analysis and then narrowed to a micro analysis.

Urban Roots hosts Craig Sponholtz to teach sustainable water use workshop for farmers, students

Craig Sponholtz

Craig SponholtzURBAN ROOTS NEWS — World-renown water systems expert, Craig Sponholtz visits Reno to discuss sustainable water management in large & small-scale land production. This workshop hosted by Urban Roots with Loping Coyote comes at a great time as drought concerns are amplified in Western Nevada.

“Agricultural interests and water users need to be very proactive in managing resources this year.” This course will teach farmers how to restore our watershed while maximizing climate appropriate crops for the high desert.

The workshop is February 8 – 9, 2014.


The two-day workshop ($200) will explore the landscape, discuss erosion controls and apply efficient wind and snow management techniques with hands-on demonstrations. The study of agroecology aims to combine traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences to manage land use sustainably.

Craig Sponholtz has over 20 years of experience in watershed restoration using his degree in Agro-Ecological Restoration around the world. He studied at the Permaculture Research institute in Australia and continues to travel, teach, and collaborate with masters in the field to develop must-know principals that ensure water-related projects are practical, economically viable and harmonious with natural processes.

The workshop is part of an ongoing Permaculture Design Certification course being offered at the Urban Roots farm with collaboration from Loping Coyote. The courses are scheduled throughout the year and open to the public. Neil Bertrando of Loping Coyote developed the curriculum to include site visits and practical applications for urban and rural farmers across Nevada, including FarmCorps members, developing hoop houses at the UNR Valley Road Agricultural Station with the High Desert Farming Initiative.

For details or to register, visit, call 775-636-5105, or email

North Valleys cheerleaders seek support for national competition

North Valleys cheerleaders

North Valleys cheerleaders

SUBMITTED NEWS — The North Valleys Panthers Cheerleading and Stunt Squad is heading to the USA Nationals Cheer Competition in Disneyland on March 28, having earned the bid by virtue of great dedication and performances at a regional qualifying event on January 18, 2014.

The group needs support and has launched a fund-raising effort:

At the USA Regional Qualifier, in Antioch California, North Valleys Cheer and Stunt competed and succeeded in collecting 3 USA National qualifying bids: Advanced Stunt Group #1, all girl, took 5th place, and Advanced Stunt Group #3, all boy, took 4th place. In addition North Valleys Cheer and Student took 1st place in the Large Group Co-ed Varsity Routine, qualifying for the coveted USA National Competition.

The North Valleys High School Cheer & Stunt prides itself on teaching and upholding the fundamentals of cheerleading and stunts. These athletes and coaching staff work hard to instill the values of discipline, respect, hard work, goal setting and the joy of competition. This is how North Valleys Cheer and Stunt were able to work together to gain each bid for USA Nationals. Also, with the help of Five Star Athletics, they have been able to help prepare the team to compete at a national level and be successful as well.

At this time North Valleys Cheer and Stunt is looking for sponsors to help send them to USA Nationals Cheer Competition in Disneyland, on March 28th-30th. There are lots of costs that will be placed on these athletes, that have made it to the national level, and any help would be greatly received. This is a group of hard working student athletes, and they have grown tremendously in their ability and drive to be national competitors. This opportunity is going to be something that they will work diligently for and remember for a life time; along with those who helped them to make this a reality for them.

The North Valleys Varsity Cheer Squad: Head Coach, Jasper Remaley and Asst. Coach Raquel Riggle. Cheerleaders are: Emilie Barnes; Alyssa Bowen; Melissa Cardosa; La’Rae Carney; Gracie Clark; Victoria Douglas; Bryce England; Michelle Estrada; Alyssa Haas; Riplee Hansen; Laryssa Ikehara; Jordyn Jarrett; Maruani Lopez; Solene Mascarelli; Ashley Moreno; Skyler Olson; Makayla Savage; Nicole Westreicher; Camryn Wood; Quincy Youngs; Brooke Sterrett. Stunt includes: Beau Dietmeier; Isaiah England; Marcus Horton; Jakob Jarrett; Kyrin Lennon; Skyler Mendonca; Leon Vandyke; James Wheatley.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids learn conservation at Wild Sheep Foundation show

Kids learn about conservation at wild sheep foundation's sheep show. Image: Natasha Vitale
Kids learn about conservation at wild sheep foundation's sheep show. Image: Natasha Vitale

Kids learn about conservation at wild sheep foundation’s sheep show. Image: Natasha Vitale

From January 23-25, sponsors from the Wild Sheep Foundation Annual Convention and Sporting Expo (The Sheep Show) at the Reno Sparks Convention Center also hosted a special educational event for children.

On the first two days of the event, 420 Washoe County School District (WCSD) middle and high school students attended to participate in wildlife career seminars and learn about conservation. On the final day, Saturday the 25th, the children’s event was open to the public with more than 200 kids and their families attending.

Ryan Brock, a Washoe County K-6 Science Teacher who is also Education Coordinator for the Wild Sheep Foundation, organized the kid’s portion of the event as a way to educate, excite, and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

As he said, “The goal is to get kids off the couch and into nature. We hope that we can inspire them now, so that they will protect nature later.”

Judging by student responses, the event accomplished its purpose. When asked why he and his friends came to the event on Saturday, WCSD student Luke Hill said, “We thought it would be fun. We didn’t want to just sit around and play video games.” Kids like Luke enjoyed archery, shooting, fly tying, duck calling, and making crafts such as shockingly realistic turkey calls. Girl Scouts from troop 778 also enjoyed learning about turkeys to create their impressive booth on turkeys and turkey calling.

The Sheep Show’s Tracks Program challenged kids to follow animal tracks on the floor to answer questions at booths hosted by Nevada Department of Wildlife, Leica, Kenetrek Boots, Mystery Ranch Bozeman Mt. USA, SITKA, and The University of Nevada, Reno’s Rifle Team. Special exhibits displaying mounted animals and casts of their tracks enabled kids to get up close and personal with wildlife. A special forensics activity taught kids about poaching and the importance of treating nature with respect.

The event also gave kids the opportunity to learn about safe shooting and how to participate. The final day included comments from Team U.S.A. Olympic Shooters Frank Thompson and Amber English. Thompson and English educated students about high school shooting teams, shooting scholarship opportunities, and their own journeys to Olympic success.

Many conventions come to Reno, but few bring as much to the community or raise as much money for conservation as The Sheep Show. Even fewer conventions offer children a chance to participate and learn. This reality speaks to the generosity of the sponsors who presciently understand that the next generation will be responsible for ensuring that nature remains for the enjoyment of all. It is this understanding and the community’s commitment to educating future conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts that will determine whether or not “Wild Nevada” will remain “Wild.”

Local catholic school students participate in week of giving


CCNN_logoCATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NORTHERN NEVADA NEWS RELEASE – For the fourth year, local catholic school students are partnering with Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada & the St. Vincent’s Programs to collect items for clients of the charity including the unemployed, underserved and homeless. The collection of food, hygiene items and clothing is part of a service project in recognition of Catholic Schools Week.

Students at Bishop Manogue High School, Our Lady of the Snows, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Albert the Great and Little Flower Schools are putting together personal hygiene times for St. Vincent’s clients, including shampoo, soap, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Students also are collecting snack packs of food that will be distributed through St. Vincent’s Food Pantry.

Students at St. Albert parish Catholic School (1255 St. Albert’s Drive Reno) will present their donations to Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent’s Programs during a special school assembly at 8:30 a.m. Monday, January 27. Students will fill up a truck provided by Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada to be delivered to the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry and St. Vincent’s Resource Network for those in need. Students, in turn, will learn more about the 500,000 services provided each year by St. Vincent’s Programs.

This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large. Learn more here.

Established in 1941, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a Nevada-based, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation operating nine human service programs including: St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Emergency Assistance Program, St. Vincent’s Residence, St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, Holy Child Early Learning Center, Immigration Assistance Program, Adoption Program, and the Kids to Seniors Korner Program. CCNN is committed to providing help and creating hope in our community. From infants to seniors, CCNN assists approximately 40,000 people per month in the northern Nevada community.