On March 2, 2015, The Gordon McCaw Elementary School’s McCaw School of Mines reached its 90,000th visitor since its opening in 1996. This is a landmark event for the McCaw School of Mines, which hosts 4th grade students from around the valley to give them a hands-on Nevada history lesson where they can pan for gold, experiment with rocks and minerals, and tour the grounds where artifacts of the past are everywhere.
The McCaw School of Mines is built on the campus of the Gordon McCaw Elementary School. It started out as a papier-mâché model of a mine tunnel built into the corner of a classroom. Soon after, school faculty collaborated to create a vision of something greater, and in 1996 their goal was realized when the McCaw School of Mines became a 4,500 square foot facility at the school in downtown Henderson, and is the only simulated mine of its kind in the state of Nevada.
The McCaw School of Mines represents a million plus dollar project built entirely from donations, with no cost to the Clark County School District.
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