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Walk and Bar-B-Q raises $42,906.48

The education walk and bar-b-q that was held on Sept. 18th at North Platte High School raised $42,906.48. These funds will help assure the continuation of programs at North Platte Public Schools that are outside of the schools’ budgets.

These events are organized by the North Platte Public Schools Foundation. Corporate sponsors for the event were North Platte Surgery Center, NebraskaLand National Bank, Sandhills Pediatric Dentistry, North Platte OB/GYN, North Platte Alumni, Wal-mart, First National Bank and Great Plains Regional Medical Center. First National Bank and Great Plains Regional Medical Center were honored at the event as five year corporate sponsors.

The walk for education started in 2004. This fifth effort resulted in over 650 students pre-registered to participate. In addition to the pre-registered walkers there were many organizations from North Platte High School that volunteered to assist with the walk as well as over 100 volunteers from the community. This family event was graced with great weather this year after rain showers the previous two years. Students that participated were able to ask for sponsorship from friends and family and raise money for their schools. Money raised at the schools was matched in part by these sponsors: McPherron, Skiles & Loop CPAs, Hampton Inn, Kosmacek Construction/Wilk Builders, Trego-Dugan Aviation/Snell Services, Bob and Rosie McFarland, US Bank, Swan’s Furniture, NP Chamber Hostesses, NP Dentists (Klemm, Phelps, Piper, Piper, Fermanski and States), Dr. Mark and Francine McKenzie, State’s Family Practice, Brad & Jill Belka/Drs. Todd and Tamara Hlavaty, and an anonymous donor.

100% of the funds raised by the students will be returned to them at their schools. Half of the funds collected by the students will be returned directly to the schools for programs that they have identified as priorities. The other half of the funds will return to the students through additional REACH Grants that will be funded due to the student efforts. REACH Grants are administered by the North Platte Public Schools Foundation and fund innovative learning outside of the school budget.

Top fundraiser for the student walk was Gracie Haneborg from McDonald Elementary. She was rewarded for her efforts with a laptop computer.

The top students by schools were:

Vanessa Smith –Osgood

Johnna Gifford—Adams Middle School

Bryce Langemeier—Jefferson

Mckayla Wee—Lake Maloney

Tracie Clair—Eisenhower

Kaylen Streeter—Cody

Jensen Hart—Madison Middle School

Cassidy Everett—Lincoln

Gabby Menghini—Washington

Kylee and Ashlynn Picquet—Buffalo

Miles and Mattie Morrell—Hall

All the top students received bonds. Organizations providing the bonds this year include Super 8 Motel, Adams Bank & Trust, Bank of the West, Well Fargo, Comfort Inn and Quality Inn & Suites.

There were also drawing prizes like iPods and an additional laptop that students won at the walk.

This year the organizing committee chose to add a new twist to the event and added an enhanced tailgate event dubbed the ”Bulldog Backyard Bar-B-Q”. Twenty-two teams participated in the first year of this part of the event. More than 1,500 people came to the north parking area by the football field and enjoyed the bar-b-q offered by the teams. Competition was fierce for the awards.

Winners in the Bar-b-q were:

Beef—AJ Bar-B-Q

Pork and Chicken—Huskeradio

Other—NP Chamber Ambassadors

Fan Favorite—Class of 1992

The division winners were based on a panel of judges. The Fan Favorite was voted on by contributions by the people in attendance. This expanded tailgate was very well received with many teams already pledging participation next year.