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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to welcome you to the North Bend Central Foundation’s web page. We hope you’ll learn a lot about the Foundation and consider making a donation to help us provide scholarships and fund projects that benefit North Bend Central Public School students. And, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at “NBC Foundation”.  

Thank you.  
Jim Havelka,
Board of Trustees Chairman

About the NBC Foundation

The North Bend Central Foundation is a non-profit PK-12 educational foundation whose purposes include providing college scholarships to graduates of NBC High School and funding teacher-initiated projects that benefit the students of North Bend Central Public Schools.  The Foundation was formed in 1988 and became an affiliate of the Fremont Area Community Foundation in 2001.  Since its inception, the NBC Foundation has awarded  275 scholarships and awarded approximately $90,000 in grants for teacher projects.



The NBC Foundation is NOT a governmental unit and does not receive any tax support. Donations from alumni, community members, and other patrons are its main source of revenue. The Foundation’s assets are divided into a general operating fund which finances the annual Board of Trustees scholarships and teacher-initiated project grants, several family memorial scholarship accounts, and the Kay Eveland Memorial Fund which supports additional teacher projects and professional development. The NBC Foundation is affiliated with the Fremont Area Community Foundation for fund management and investment. All donations to the NBC Foundation are fully tax-deductible. The Foundation has no paid staff.

Picture: DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN OZOBOT IS?  NBC Elementary School's 5th Graders do. The tiny robots blend the physical and digital worlds and teach computer programming. The kids coded a path for their Ozobots to follow and analyzed their programming results. The Ozobot experiment was one of the many STEM activities supported by grants from the NBC Foundation.

Contributing to the NBC Foundation

Thanks once again to the generosity of our contributors, the NBC Foundation was able to provide a tremendous amount of support for students and staff at North Bend Central Public Schools this year.  For 2020-21 approximately $33,000 has been budgeted for Foundation activities by the NBC Foundation Board.  That figure includes $21,400 in Foundation scholarships and family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation, $10,783 in teacher project grants, and about $900 for curriculum and professional development for the district’s Greenhouse Project.   The Board anticipates more teacher grants as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic diminishes.    Details on the scholarships and teacher project grants approved in April can be found on this web page.   The recent growth of the Foundation has been tremendous and it’s all because YOU – our generous contributors – have come through for our school. 


Bountiful Harvests Can Yield Opportunities

Cash isn’t the only way to contribute to the NBC Foundation -- sometimes giving a commodity makes good economic sense.   Farmers can make an “above the line” (ie. before adjusted gross income) charitable donation of grain to the Foundation.  When sold by the Foundation, the proceeds can be used to fund our scholarships or teacher projects.  Recently,  a local farm family endowed a long-term scholarship with a gift of corn.  For further information on how to make a Gift of Grain, contact Foundation Board Chairman Jim Havelka at (402) 620-1705 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CARES Act Permits Qualified Charitable Distributions for 2020

Federal legislation passed this spring waives IRA required minimum distributions, but it has retained qualified charitable distributions (QCD).   Using a QCD, you can transfer up to $100,000 tax free from your IRA to a charity like the NBC Foundation, allowing you, for instance, to endow a scholarship.  If interested, contact NBC Board Chairman Jim Havelka at (402) 620-1705.





Will you help again this year?

Every $25, $50, or $100 donation generates full or partial matching funds and directly benefits North Bend Central Public Schools students and teachers.   Contributions are fully tax deductible because of our affiliation with the Fremont Area Community Foundation.  The NBC Foundation is NOT a governmental unit and receives no tax support. 

Contributions can be sent to the Foundation via the NBCPS Superintendent’s Office.  A donation form is provided below for your convenience.  Your support for the Foundation’s scholarships and project grants will be greatly appreciated. 

Charity Vyhlidal portrayed NASA Mathematician Kathrine Johnson in the NBC Wax Museum, a project funded by the NBC Foundation.   The pandemic eliminated the 2020 Wax Museum, but the activity will be back in 2021. 



The Kinman-Oldfield Challenge

The NBC Foundation benefits each year from a matching grant from the Kinman-Oldfield Foundation.   Kinman-Oldfield matches the first $2,000 we raise in local funds at 100 percent and each additional $1,000 at 25 percent.  For 2020 we have applied for a $5,000 matching grant which, combined with local donations, will allow the NBC Foundation to award a record amount in scholarships and grants to NBCPS students and teachers.  Thanks again, NBC Foundation donors!

Fremont Area Big Give Helps NBC Foundation      

The Fremont Area Big Give...provided a big boost this spring  for the NBC Foundation. Thanks to our generous donors, we qualified for a $500 incentive grant sponsored by the First Community  Bank.   Thanks to all who donated, including: Leigh Feala, Amy Reznicek, Lois Lambley, Christina Liekhus, Mick Tank, First State Bank, Robin Widhelm, Ryan Stieren, Melissa Cody, Chris Gross-Rhode, Eric/Laura Chvatal, Paul/Margie Emanuel, Steve/MaryLe Arneal, Rebecca Streff, Dan Endorf, Mark/Patrice Hines, Brent Karnatz, Lon/Carol Bohling, Jana Post, Brian/Kinsey Wemhoff, Drew/Emily Hines, Steve/Cheryl Wietfeld, Charles/Janice Vopalensky, Brenda Robinson, Andrea Halladay, Mark Flamme, Ken/Pat Beebe, Steve/Sharen Minarick, Katy Bode,  Tom/Deanna Wolf, Platte Valley Bank, Jerry/Cecilia Hall, John/Mary Buller, Jim/Linda Havelka, Janice Hobza, Melissa Samuelson, Jim/Diane Hines, Deborah Andrews, Jeff/Randi Mimick, Mike Guilliatt, and First Community Bank.


NBC Foundation Newsletter

Click on the button below for the NBC Foundation’s Spring Newsletter. We hope you’ll enjoy reading more about NBC Foundation activities and that you’ll consider a contribution to further the Foundation’s work for North Bend Central Public Schools.

Class of 2019 Awarded Scholarships 

CONGRATULATIONS…to these 2020 Seniors who earned NBC Foundation scholarships.  The Foundation Board awarded $21,400 in scholarships this year -- a record amount --including 10  Board of Trustees/Kinman-Oldfield scholarships and 10 family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation.  Since 1993, the NBC Foundation has awarded 275 scholarships valued at  $188, 210  to NBC graduates.


Our Board scholars are: (front)...Ashley Humlicek, Megan Ortmeier, Hailey Anderson, Julia Knapp, and Hanna Murray; (rear)...Abby Post, Ryan Gaughen, Jenna Byrd, Austin Endorf and Lauren Emanuel.

NBC Foundation Family Scholarship winners for 2020 are:  Front--Shyann Rolenc, Ashley Humlicek, Megan Ortmeier, Sidney Fletcher;  Rear--Abby Post, Ryan Gaughen, Jenna Byrd, and Lauren Emanuel.

Winners of the Board scholarships and their college plans are:

  • Hailey Anderson, UNL, Astrophysics and Music
  • Jenna Byrd, Northwest Missouri State, Pre-Medicine
  • Lauren Emanuel, UNL, Nursing
  • Austin Endorf, Nebraska Wesleyan, Business/Finance
  • Ryan Gaughen, UNO, Computer Engineering
  • Ashley Humlicek, UNL, Agribusiness, Accounting/Finance
  • Julia Knapp, UNL, Biological Systems Engineering
  • Hannah Murray, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Veterinary Technology
  • Megan Ortmeier, UNL, Elementary Education
  • Abby Post, UNL, Sports Media and Communications.

Winners of the family memorial scholarships administered by the NBC Foundation are:

  • Jeffrey Mines Memorial:  Lauren Emanuel
  • Jim/Sandra Kruger Scholarship: Abby Post
  • Janet Kavan Memorial:  Jenna Byrd
  • Lloyd/Lorraine Manske Memorial:  Sidney Fletcher, Wayne State, Pre-Medicine
  • Darlene Ough Memorial:  Megan Ortmeier  
  • Ladehoff Family Memorial:  Jenna Byrd
  • Gene Emanuel Memorial:  Ryan Gaughen
  • Carol Wilson Memorial :  Shyann Rolenc, Northeast Community College, Veterinarian Technology
  • Cecilia Powers Memorial: Ashley Humlicek
  • LCF Senior Scholarship: Megan Ortmeier



New Memorial Scholarships Established

Two new memorial scholarships were established  at NBC this year.  The Cecilia Powers Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award of $2,500 to a woman majoring in agriculture or agribusiness.  Her family wrote: “The Cecilia Powers Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor our mother, a proud supporter of the North Bend Community.  Cecilia grew up in the rural area north of North Bend and together with her husband, Greg, farmed and raised their four children. One of her many interests was following the educational and sports accomplishments of the children of friends and family at NBC High School.  With that in mind, we would like to thank again the many people who donated memorials to help create this scholarship to further the college education of a young woman graduate of NBC pursuing a career in agriculture.  We know our mother would be humbled by your generosity and proud of your support of NBC.”  The Powers scholarship was awarded to Ashley Humlicek.

The LCF Senior Scholarship  has been endowed by an anonymous local family.  It is valued at $1,000 annually.  The donors wrote:  “In order to assist an NBC Senior reach their future college goals, a local supporter of continuing education has established the LCF Senor Scholarship to be awarded annually to an NBC graduate.  The 2020 winner is Megan Ortmeier. 

Kay Eveland Fund Project 

A unique teacher project, developing Vesumes, was awarded a grant from the Kay Eveland Memorial Fund administered by the NBC Foundation.  Vesumes are video resumes and are being produced in Katie Wright’s Career Education classes.  The Eveland grant will fund enough electronic Vesume files for next year’s Seniors and Mrs. Wright’s Career Ed students.       

Would You Like to Endow a Scholarship

Are you interested in endowing a scholarship memorializing a family member, classmate, or friend?  If so, contact NBC Foundation Board Chairman Jim Havelka at (402) 620-1705 or via e-mail at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Prowling Pen
Despite the challenges of virtual learning this spring, the NBC Senior English students of Suzy Morgan completed their annual literary magazine, The Prowling Pen.   Here is Jenna Hellbusch’s take on life during Quarantine.   The Prowling Pen is assisted each year by a grant from the NBC Foundation.


Teacher Projects Grants Awarded


The NBC Foundation Board approved 13 teacher-initiated project grants totaling $10,380 at its meeting in April and renewed a grant for the NBC Greenhouse Project and a teacher’s attendance as a mentor at the Teachers of Promise project.  The new projects include:

  • NBC Summer Speech Camp (Rob Lafleur)
  • NBC Wax Museum (Melissa Cody)
  • Prowling Pen (Suzy Morgan)
  • Civil War Immersion Day (Dan Wright/Ken Streff)
  • Future Problem-Solving (Melissa Cody)
  • CPR Instructional Equipment (Diane Treat)
  • Accelerated Reader Awards (Chris Gross-Rhode)
  • Flexible Classroom Environment (Jill Lorence)
  • College Visits and Scholarship-Writing Nights (Chris Gaughen)
  • First Grade Science Field Trip (Amy Ferguson)
  • Online Professional Development (Becky Streff, Jana Post)
  • Vesume Project (Katie Wright)
  • Teachers of Promise (Becky Streff)
  • Greenhouse Project (Nicole Rasmussen)


Agriculture student Justice Lallman sprays poinsettias in the NBC Greenhouse which were for sale during the Christmas season.  An NBC Foundation grant supports curriculum and professional development for the Greenhouse Project.



 Pictured Right:

NBC ELEMENTARY STUDENTS...marvel at the Air Force warplanes on display at the SAC Museum. The field trip was funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation.

Thank You, NBC Foundation Contributors.

THANK YOUto all who have donated to the NBC Foundation since our December  newsletter, including:  Mary Flamme, Jim/Ann Minarick, Mick Tank, Rod/Nancy Johnson, Jeff/Amy Peters,  Bryce Lambley, Drew/Mariann Von Rein, Lon/Carol Bohling, Don Vopalensky, Jim/Diane Hines, Charlotte Tawney, Doug/Jill Hoops, Tom/Kathy Mensik, Vernon/Sharon Flamme, Tim/Revel Chapman, Jerry/Cecilia Hall, Marv/Janet Porter, Kurt Baumert, Bob/Mary Shanahan, James/Darlene Becker, Mike/Suzanne Allan, Paul/Margie Emanuel, Vernelle Karsk-Werblow, Arnold/Lorraine Kavan, Gary/Robin Widhelm, Ken/Pat Beebe, Susan Emanuel, Bob/Caryn Moser, Ken/Janis Dirkschneider, Larry/Carolyn Peters, John/Bonnie Wennekamp, Lavonne Ladehoff, Jim/Linda Havelka, Brad/Kathy Martindale, Steve/Cheryl Wietfeld, Magdaline Svec, Bill/Rita Peters, Carolyn Jackson (Class of 1963), Jim/Mary Spath, Helen Sharp/Gregory Flamme, Steve/Audrey Chromy, Mike/Claire Eason, Dan/Glenna Hoops, Nissen Family Trust, Bob/Beth Sanders, Mark/Patrice Hines,  Steve/Bev Grueber, Larry/Cheryl Feala, Joe/Jackie Raus, John/Mary Buller, Sharon Cody, John/Katy Bode, Alex/Angela Wolf,  Dr. Tom/Misti Wolf, Tom/Deanna Wolf, Platte Valley Bank, Tony/Brenda Allgood, Rick/Jan Hobza, Rick Tank, Tim/Karen Cech, Rollie/MaryAnn Otte,  Brad/Amy Williams, Bob/Lee Ann Emanuel, Gene/Nancy Sic, Les/Virginia Livingston, Ron/Rita Freeman, John Wolf, Tim/Mary McCoy, Dr. Mark Johnson, Randy Happel, Justin/Amy Taylor, Ken/Pat Beebe, Bob/Jolynn Hartman, Tom Siebels, Jamie/Dana Bolwerk, Jean Foy, Arthur/Dolores Bose Trust, Mark Flamme,  Larry Dolezal, Broc/Ashley Blanchard, Rudy/Carol Zrust, Bradley/Karen Adden, Michael/Alisa James, Dave/Ginny Bacon, Karen Robertson, Mary Viar, Emmett/Mary Powers, Steve/Michael Powers, Colette Feala, Michael/Patricia Ronspies,  and the VFW Auxiliary.

MEMORIALS…Among those memorialized with donations recently were:  Georgene Iske, Pat Minarick,  Class of 1953, Kate Emanuel, Charles Emanuel, Joyce Ruzicka, Dean and Marlene Lux, Dennis Emanuel, Becky Peters, Dorothy Chromy, Clayton Cech, Harlan Ladehoff, Bob and Henrietta Parrot, Duane Krepel, Rebecca Loflin, Joe Kaup, Mariann Cech, Clayton Cech,  Lloyd Keller, Rich Nissen, Lyle and Florence Blanchard, Byron Gaskill, Class of 1960 (Gary Hansen), Cecilia Powers, Jim/Betty Coen, Bill Taylor, Donna Hines, Les Livingston, Jan Crofton, Jolene Siebels, Arden and Ellen Wolf, Art Bose, Pam Dolezal, Jean Bratka, Carol Halladay, Connie Kruger, Evelyn Farris, Valetta Leftwich, Agnes Wirka, Ken Chromy, Gary Durkop and Elizabeth Norvell.


NBC Kindergartner’s in Jodi Dorcey’s class enjoy
flexible seating, funded by a grant from the NBC
Foundation.  Research shows flexible seating
has a positive impact on student achievement. 

The Board of Trustees

The NBC Foundation is governed by a local Board of Trustees with fiscal oversight from the Fremont Area Community Foundation.  The members serve four-year terms.  Members are:

James Havelka, Chairman
Patrice Hines, Secretary
Carol Emanuel
Kenneth Beebe
Robin Widhelm
Mark Flamme
Jay Poessnecker, NBCPS Board representative
Dr. Dan Endorf, NBCPS Superintendent and Foundation Treasurer

NBC Foundation Board members are (top row from left):  Ken Beebe, Patrice Hines, Robin Widhelm, and Jim Havelka (back row from left) Dan Endorf, Carol Emanuel, Jan Hobza, Mark Flamme, and Jay Poessnecker