UNLV adopts local elementary kids
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We hear plenty about what's happening on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, but it's what's happening off campus that caught our attention. UNLV's Runnin' Rebels have adopted five at-risk schools, making Las Vegas a better place to live.
They have the signs, the HeyReb mustaches, and the cowboy hats at this pep rally put on by UNLV staff and students. Kids from Cunningham elementary school are Rebels in training.
One of the kids told us, "We get to sing the UNLV song and we just have a lot of fun."
UNLV comes to this school to throw a full-blown homecoming party complete with the band and the cheerleaders. But, behind all of the fun, is a serious mission.
Earnest Phillips with UNLV's communications department says, "We want to tap in to first generation students.The feeling is that if these kids attend, it's a game changer for families."
Earnest Phillips says UNLV's homecoming committee wanted to take Rebel spirit off campus. So, they searched for an at-risk school to adopt. That effort has now grown to five schools. And the students love it.
One student told us, ""They're trying to help you achieve your dreams. My dream is to have good academics and get in to the NFL."
At this particular pep rally, a documentary crew was there filming HeyReb for a show on mascots. He's the star of the show here too. The students go crazy when he appears. But they also talk to UNLV students, get their autographs, and hopefully begin making plans for their future.
Throughout the school year, elementary students are encouraged to excel academically and are rewarded with pizza parties and tickets to UNLV games.