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Bonner Elementary raises big bucks for students

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Bonner Elementary raises big bucks for students

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Mar 17, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Bonner Elementary School has $50,000 in the bank thanks to a recent fundraising 5K run and walk.

Principal Paul Catania is known for being forward thinking. His 5-star school is getting the job done but it's not easy, "I let the kids shave my head for a fundraiser. We do a lot of fundraisers. I'm known as the fundraising king by my parents. But they understand that all the money is going right back to the school for a purpose. Nevada is underfunded. It is challenging to all schools and it's challenging to the superintendent."

So fundraising is never ending. Principal Catania uses the money they raise for everything from technology upgrades to personnel to keep class sizes down. But in addition to fundraising, he's also known for giving his teachers flexibility in their classrooms. Teacher Denise Jemenez said, "When the kids got excited about reading on mysterious monuments, I thought I needed to extend the lesson more."

Mrs. Jemenez encouraged her students to build their own mysterious monuments and write stories about them.

Over in the kindergarten class where kids are learning about adjectives, there are two teachers. Principal Catania can do that since this is a flex-spending school. He said every teacher works harder, does more, and yes, helps with fundraising, making a wall where they're all dressed up as superheroes perfectly appropriate.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.