Archives for the month of: June2018

It’s no secret that everyone at New Home Resource loves the Las Vegas community for more reasons than we can count. That’s why we’re so active in volunteering to work with a number of local charitable organizations – because it’s important to support causes that we truly believe can make a difference in people’s lives.

That’s especially true when it comes to kids – and bikes. Because we know from experience when you put the two together, it can help encourage kids to perform better in their education and physical fitness – and that’s a major win! As the founding President of Breakaway Cycling, Joanna Piette has been instrumental in guiding this non-profit toward some great achievements along those lines (and now, you’re about to see how this is the perfect segue into an upcoming event we’re thrilled to be involved with!).

Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, widening the achievement gap and requiring substantial remediation at the start of each year. It’s known as the “summer slide,” often affecting low-income students the most, when the two months of summer vacation lead to a loss of learning in critical areas – especially reading and math skills.

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One notable effort to reverse this trend has been made by Major League Baseball and EVERFI – who have teamed up to fill in this critical learning gap through the Summer Slugger Program. It’s a free, fun and interactive, online course that uses the game of baseball to help kids from 8-11 (in 4th and 5th grades) maintain their math, literacy, and enrichment skills during the summer months.

And the summer of 2018 is the first year that Breakaway Cycling and New Home Resource are working together with the Las Vegas 51s to enhance this program even more. As an added incentive, Breakaway Cycling will be rewarding the top 50 kids who complete the Summer Slugger Program with new bikes, helmets, and locks. The bikes will be presented at a rodeo cycling event that takes place at Cashman this fall.

The program was launched on May 10th at Eva G. Simmons Elementary School by the Las Vegas 51s and Breakaway Cycling – in front of 240 children who had an opportunity to meet several 51s players and their mascot, Cosmo. A panel session also took place where the 51s players and Breakaway participants spoke with the kids about the importance of sharpening skills sets and training in the off-season – all in preparation for the coming baseball season and cycling events. Also discussed was the importance of helmet and biking safety, and the kids were given the chance to see the bikes they have an opportunity to win.

We’re all too excited and looking forward to the Bike Rodeo this fall, and the chance to support and congratulate all the kids who chose to participate in the Summer Slugger Program. If there’s only one thing these kids take away from this experience, it’s that learning really IS fun…especially when you can keep moving ahead (and don’t have to re-learn things every year).

New Home Resource helps current and future homeowners with all of their Las Vegas real estate needs. Whether your preference is for property management, a newly built home from a local builder, or a resale property in just the right location, a New Home Resource Realtor® is here to provide the service you’re looking for. Please contact a New Home Resource Realtor® today at 702-365-1000 or visit Broker Joanna Piette, and agents Denise Thrasher, Jessica O’Brien, Evelyn ‘Beng’ Kern, Kathy Paterniti and Heidi Colón are all here to help!