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May 4, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

School District’s $1 million donation?

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The other night I went to the Smith Center, and I came across a fact in the program that I find highly disturbing.

One of the million-dollar donors was the Clark County School District. With our education system not having enough money for teacher salaries and supplies, how and why is this donation allowed?

I understand what the Smith Center means to Las Vegas, but aren’t our children more important?

The Sun editorial of May 22 indicates that $2 million would hire 100 Teacher For America for two years. Then the $1 million would have gotten Clark County 50 more teachers for two years.

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  1. Priorities, priorities.

    Children come right after teachers, if you start from the bottom.

    Now, let me see some proper indignation.

    (I better not hold my breath, eh?)

  2. I opine CCSD was the recipient of the funds and the Smith Center the donor. With the proceeds of the donation used for CCSD scholarships in the performing arts. Any thoughts/comments?
    Carmine D

  3. "quid pro quo--an item or a service has been traded in return for something of value.."

    Carmine D

  4. Here's information about Wolf Trap in Virginia, which is referenced in the above links about CCSD and Smith Center:

    "The Foundation and National Park Partnership

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing ArtsWolf Trap is run through a public/private partnership between the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, creates and selects programming; develops education programs; handles ticket sales, marketing, publicity, and public relations; and raises funds to support these programs while keeping ticket prices affordable. The National Park Service maintains the grounds and buildings of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and provides technical theatre assistance for the Filene Center.

    Wolf Trap Education Programs

    Artsplay Class at Wolf Trap's Center for EducationIn addition to year-round performances, Wolf Trap offers a variety of education programs both locally and nationwide. Its primary education program, the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, places professional performing artists in preschool classrooms nationwide. In classroom residencies, these artists use drama, music, and movement to teach basic skills and encourage active participation and self-esteem in the earliest stages of learning. Wolf Trap Institute Artists also conduct workshops and presentations throughout the country to demonstrate to teachers and parents how the arts can bring new life to learning and literature.

    Wolf Trap also presents scholarships for instruction leading to high school-level student performance. In addition, Wolf Trap's nationally recognized internship program provides year-round administrative and technical support to the Foundation, while offering meaningful hands-on experience to college students that hope to work in the performing arts or arts administration.
    Learn about Wolf Trap Education Programs ."

    My familiarization with Wolf Trap is that is highly regarded, praised and supported.

    Carmine D