NEST eggs: Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg recently announced the winners of the third annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest. Winners received a contribution to a NEST Direct College Savings Plan — $3,500 for first place and $1,000 for runners-up. Stenberg is Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST), Nebraska's state-sponsored 529 college savings program. Children of Nebraska farm families could submit essays describing what farming means in their lives and how growing up in farm families influences their higher education goals. The scholarship winners, listed first, and the runners-up for each age group:
Ages 7 to 9: Landri Loos of Litchfield, Madyson Sievers of Wayne.
Ages 10 and 11: Allison Rippe of Indianola, Sophia Harder of Belden.
Ages 12 and 13: Leigh Jahnke of Bancroft, Abby Hadenfeldt of Cairo.
Poster contest: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' Nebraska Radon Program is conducting its annual state Radon Poster Contest. It is open to Nebraska children ages 9 to 14. The department will submit the three winning posters to the National Radon Poster Contest. Posters for the state competition are due Nov. 1 and should be sent to: Nebraska Radon Program, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509. To learn more about the contest and for rules and submission forms, visit dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/radon_postercontest.aspx.
Grand marshal: In honor of the 150th anniversary of Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Head of School Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas has been named grand marshal of the Dundee Days Parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the school's Underwood Avenue parking lot and proceed to 50th Street. The school will serve free root beer floats after the parade near the streetcar memorial on the corner of Underwood and Happy Hollow Boulevard.
Grant decisions: Want to be responsible for $5 million in grant funding? The State Farm Youth Advisory Board seeks 30 young adults ages 17 to 20 from across the U.S. and Canada to serve through 2014. The board oversees $5 million in grant funding to address issues that have a direct impact on communities. Board members meet face to face three times per year. Application deadline is Oct. 4. Selected applicants will be notified by November. Information and applications are at statefarmyab.com/apply/the-board.
Dance time: Nebraska — Bennington, Blair, Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Omaha South, Papillion-La Vista South and Plattsmouth — and Iowa — Carroll Kuemper, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Glenwood — high schools will have homecoming dances tonight.
Special guest: Omaha Marian will host Lunch With a Leader on Monday. Jessica Smith, Marian Class of 2001, an attorney in Washington, D.C., who has spent the past four years in a federal policymaking and advocacy role, will speak. She is a legislative assistant for Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. Friday will bring the school's walk-a-thon fundraiser.
Helping athletes: CBS golf analyst Gary McCord will be the speaker Oct. 1 at the 22nd annual Omaha Creighton Prep Sports Night. It's a benefit for the school's athletic department. Events in the Heider Center on campus will begin at 5:30 p.m. Expect silent and oral auctions, a barbecue dinner and McCord's talk. Individual tickets are $75. Register at creightonprep.creighton.edu/page.cfm?p=3931&LockSSL=true.
Angel Flight: Omaha Skutt will have its annual Italian-themed Angel Flight fundraiser, Celebrare, on Sept. 28. Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., follow by dinner and a live auction. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the Skutt Catholic Advancement office at 402-333-0818 or at Skuttcatholic.com.
Go, team go: Fort Calhoun will have its homecoming parade and pep rally Friday afternoon.
Two events: Kearney will host today's Bearcat Marching Festival on the school campus. General admission is $2. Many bands also compete in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Band Day Parade, which takes place the same day.
More cheese, please: Carroll Kuemper will host Sunday's Dollars for Scholars Senior Class Omelet Breakfast.
Moving up: Omaha Benson JROTC Cadet Elizabeth Green is one of 11 cadets nationwide selected to receive the Legion of Valor Association's Bronze Cross for Achievement Award. OPS Superintendent Mark Evans presented her with the cross Monday at the opening of the school board meeting. Green is the second member of her family to be awarded the Legion of Valor. Her brother, Aaron Green, received the award in 2009. She is the third member of her family to serve as battalion commander of Benson's JROTC. She has maintained a perfect GPA in JROTC (4.0 out of a possible 4.0) and in academics (weighted grade point average of 4.19 out of a possible 4.0), and is currently ranked 10th in her class. Green has been described by her superior officers as “an exemplary leader in all facets of life and has a thorough understanding of the principles of leadership and applies them daily in her current duties as the Army JROTC Cadet S-1. She is actively involved in school, church and volunteer activities.”
Drawing it out: Seventh- and eighth-graders at St. Patrick School in the Elkhorn area used sidewalk chalk to voice their opinions about the pro-life movement. They will continue their efforts next month through their celebration of the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, scheduled Oct. 15.
Global exercise: Students at Beveridge Magnet Middle School in OPS explored Africa in a big way this week — with the world's largest map of the continent. The map measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is designed as a giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Africa. It was at Beveridge as part of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program. The map's brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately illustrates Africa's oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. International Language students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha joined Beveridge students in the gymnasium Thursday for collaborative and interactive geography activities. .
Marching along: Eighth-grade band members from Gretna Middle School and Council Bluffs Lewis Central will march in today's Apple Jack Parade in Nebraska City.
Autumn activity: The Youth to Youth (drug-free) group at Andersen Middle School in Millard will visit Vala's Pumpkin Patch after school Wednesday.
Toss-up question: Conestoga Junior-Senior High will host Monday's Cass County Quad Quiz Bowl for grades six through eight.
ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Doughnut time: Arlington will have Doughnuts With Dad before school Tuesday.
Perennial favorite: One of the favorite activities each year for Holy Name School faculty, students and families is the Grandparent Luncheon. Grandparents can spend part of the morning in the classrooms, eat lunch with the students and go out to recess with their grandchildren. This year, the school had more than 100 grandparents join in the luncheon. Some of them even braved the heat to join in recess activities.
Reduce, reuse, recycle: Our Lady of Lourdes School taught students about the environmental dangers of using plastic shopping bags. Then families were asked to sign a pledge card to reduce use for one week. The students brought the plastic bags to recycle at school. If a family pledge card was returned, the student received a reusable shopping bag from Target.
MILLARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Storytime: Millard elementary schools offer Circle of Friends Preschool Story Time, a monthly event for preschool age children and their caregivers. Circle of Friends is not part of Millard's preschool program. Story time lasts approximately 30 minutes. Simple stories, songs and rhymes are provided along with activities for home. Preschool age appropriate books will be available for checkout. Following is a list of Millard elementary schools and dates for Circle of Friends. All are at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Holling Heights, first Wednesday of the month; Rockwell, first Thursday of the month; Sandoz, second Monday of the month; Neihardt, second Wednesday of the month; Cody, second Thursday of the month; Bryan, third Tuesday of the month; Norris, third Wednesday of the month; Disney, third Thursday of the month; Wheeler, 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month.
Memories, please: Bryan and Norris turn 50 this year. Share your memories, pictures and well-wishes at email@example.com.
In your PJs, please: Abbott will have a reading and writing pajama party Tuesday evening for second- and third-graders. Students and parents are invited to dress in pajamas. Guests will read several stories related to the theme of the night — superheroes, stuffed animals and dreams.
Science and more: Ackerman will offer CAPOW! Science at Your Library on Tuesday evening. Chemistry and Physics on Wheels, a portable science lab from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will give a show at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a visit to the library to check out books and use the computers.
On the bus: Second-graders at Cottonwood will take a field trip Thursday to Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. Fourth-graders will visit River City Roundup on Friday morning. All students will have autumn parties Friday afternoon.
Plenty of fun: Ezra Millard will have its carnival Sunday at the school. Fourth-graders will have a hoedown Wednesday.
New team: Flicker Griggs, a Certified Therapy Dog, attends Harvey Oaks starting this school year. Flicker and third-grade teacher Becky Griggs completed an eight-month training program. They attended classes and did homework to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test and a Therapy Dog test. Then the two completed several supervised visits in the community. Finally, Flicker and Griggs graduated and are officially an Edu-PUPS team. That means Flicker can work at Harvey Oaks and will wear a special yellow vest while on the job.
Ride 'em, cowboy: Students at Hitchcock are encouraged to dress appropriately Friday, which is Western Wear Day.
Aloha! The PTO at Willowdale will sponsor Thursday's beach party in the west parking lot. Wear your hula skirt and Hawaiian shirt and come for a family-friendly evening of dancing, food and fun.
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Family fun: Westgate will have family nature night Thursday.
Just for families: Swanson will have a family fun fair Friday.