SHRW Congratulates the winners of the 5th annual "we the people" contest

Making a Difference in Our Community

January 2016 we donated large format games to the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas
January 2016 we donated large format games to the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas

2016 Veterans Village

2014 St. Jude’s Ranch

SHRW Essay Contest

“We the People”: Theme of SHRW Essay Contest

Originating in 2011, the theme & heart of SHRW’s Essay Contest has been “We the People”. This theme was intended to assist teachers in the instruction of their students in studying and understanding our founding documents, the functioning of our republic, the laws under which we live, and the values that lie within.

Our first outreach was in early 2011 when we distributed curriculum packages entitled “Liberty Day” to 5thgraders in two of our local elementary schools. In June of 2011, as part of this ongoing project, we delivered approximately 1500 pocket-size booklets containing the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to 7th graders in 15 local area public and private middle schools.

Our “We the People” essay contest began in 2013 at Del Webb Middle School. For details on “why” we sponsored the contest and “why” we chose our motto, read below under the “2013 Essay Contest”. By continuing to sponsor and hopefully to expand our “We the People” contest, we hope to enlighten our youth and spark within them interest in, appreciation of and an understanding of our founding documents. Our 2014 contest continued at Del Webb Middle School with the theme: “The Declaration of Independence: Breaking the Ties that Bind”.

Beginning in 2015, we expanded our Essay Contest to include both Del Webb & Burkholder Middle Schools which has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for all of us.

2016 Essay Contest

Participants in SHRW’s 4th annual “WE THE PEOPLE” essay contest grew from 28 participants in 2013 to 175 participants this year. During the week of April 18th, we held our award assemblies at both Del Webb and Burkholder MS to honor the winners and recognize their overall participation in our essay contest. The following are the bullets the students were asked to address:

• Name the 3 branches of our government and briefly state the role and responsibility of each branch.
• PUT YOURSELF IN THE PLACE OF OUR FOUNDERS. Use the image of the three legged stool and our theme to explain what they were trying to AVOID when they formed our government.
• Describe a current or historic action taken by one of the branches and explain how that branch ignored/overstepped its authority or upheld its duty as outlined in the constitution.

This year’s Gold Award winner is Khloe Kelley from Del Webb Middle School. Click HERE to read Khloe’s winning essay. Below are photos of the Gold, Silver & Bronze award winners from Del Webb and Burkholder Middle Schools.

We the People - 2016 SHRW Essay Contest at Del Webb and Burkholder
Founding Fathers: The Price They Paid - 2015 SHRW Essay Contest
Founding Fathers: The Price They Paid - 2015 SHRW Essay Contest
The Declaration of Independence: Breaking the Ties that Bind - 2014 SHRW Essay Contest
The Bill of Rights in Action - 2013 SHRW Essay Contest

Carol Tank shown above congratulating Del Webb Middle School essay contest participants.

The Bill of Rights in Action - 2013 SHRW Essay Contest

Carol Tank along with the lucky winners of the Gold, Bronze & Silver Awards.

The Bill of Rights in Action - 2013 SHRW Essay Contest

Carol Tank looks on as Gold Award winner Rachel Marie Messina reads her winning essay.

In April 2016 we had a CD3 Candidates’ Town Hall Meeting with Alan Stock moderating. Television and national news organizations covered this event.

SHRW CD3 Candidates’ Town Hall Meeting with Alan Stock moderating
SHRW CD3 Candidates’ Town Hall Meeting with Alan Stock moderating

In May 2016 Rana Goodman was elected 2016 Senior Citizen of the year for all the work she does with Senior Guardianship issues.

Rana Goodman Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year 2016
Rana Goodman Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year 2016

In May 2016 we had a program featuring AIA Heritage month with Asian members participating in a fashion show.

May 2016 fashion show featuring AIA Heritage month
May 2016 fashion show featuring AIA Heritage month

Caring for America - Annual Project 150
Back to School Drive

Thank you to all who assisted with our annual Caring for America project in support of Project 150.
Below is a message of thanks from our chairwoman, Andria Coleman, to all who made this effort a success.

Caring for America - Annual Project 150 Back to School Drive

Holiday Parades

Southern Hills RW members march in parades include St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Henderson, 4th of July in Boulder City and Veterans Day in Las Vegas.

Other Programs

Veteran’s Affairs – in 2016 we are supporting Veteran’s Village and Henderson’s Veteran’s Court with the proceeds from our basket ticket opportunity drawing sales.

In 2016 we are supporting Adam Laxalt’s Veteran Legal Defense Project