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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.

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, five 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.

Contributing to the NBC Foundation

Thanks once again to the generosity of our contributors, the NBC Foundation was able to provide a record amount of support for students and staff at North Bend Central Public Schools this year.  In 2018-19 approximately $31,650 has been budgeted for Foundation activities by the NBC Foundation Board, a 22 per cent increase from the previous year.  That figure includes $15,650 in Foundation scholarships and family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation, $11,000 in teacher project grants, and $5,000 for curriculum and professional development for the district’s Greenhouse Project.   Details on the scholarships and teacher project grants 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 Grain Donations

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.  This year 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..  



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. 

Abby Johnson portrays Lucille Ball in the NBC Wax Museum this spring.  NBC 7thGraders researched a famous person then told their story (for a donation) in the Wax Museum.  The kids raised $950 for the Dodge County Humane Society.  Materials for the project were funded by a donation from the NBC Foundation.


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 2018 we have applied for a $6,500 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...was very successful for the NBC Foundation. Thanks to all who contributed, including: Nicole Rasmussen, Mark/Patrice Hines, Jane Mehaffey, Steve/Sharen Minarick, Tom/Kathleen Mensik, Robin Widhelm, Leigh Feala, Jim/Diane Hines, Paul/Margie Emanuel, Valerie Bodlak-Harms, Mick Tank, Steve/Bev Grueber, Nathan Arneal, Michael Guillatt, Rich Samuelson, Jerry/Cecilia Hall, Jeff Peters, Charles/Janice Vopalensky, Tim/Amy Reznicek, Jana Post, Lon/Carol Bohling, Amy Ferguson, Melissa Cody, Ryan Stieren, Julie Loberg, Chris Gross-Rhode, Platte Valley Bank, Tom/Deanna Wolf,  Bev Nissen, Frank/Cindy Pollard, Andrea Halladay, Brent/Jennifer Karnatz, Jim/Linda Havelka, Steve/Mary Le Arneal, Mark Flamme, Don/Deb Andrews, Rick/Jan Hobza, Ken/Pat Beebe, John/Mary Buller, Christina Liekhus, and Heather Nesladek .

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 2018 Awarded Foundation Scholarships 

CONGRATULATIONS…to these 2018 Seniors who earned NBC Foundation scholarships.  The Foundation Board awarded $15,650 in scholarships this year, a record amount, including ten Board of Trustees/Kinman-Oldfield scholarships and seven family memorial scholarships (one renewal) administered by the Foundation. 

2018 winners of NBC Foundation Board Scholarships are: Hailey Bang, Kaitlynn Bjorklund, Caitlyn Wiebold, Mackenzie Brabec; Brock Ray, Ella Endorf, Joel Hines; Kiley Allgood, Peter Emanuel, and Colton Mitties.

NBC Foundation Family Scholarship winners for 2018 are:  Caitlyn Wiebold, Mackenzie Brabec, Emma Kavan, Trinity Peterson, Kiley Allgood and Brooke Fredrickson.

            Winners of the Board scholarships and their college plans are:

  • Kiley Allgood, UNL, Pre-Health
  • Hailey Bang, UNL, Elementary Education
  • Kaitlynn Bjorklund, South Dakota State, Sociology/Management
  • Mackenzie Brabec, UNL, Civil Engineering
  • Peter Emanuel, UNL Agronomy
  • Ella Endorf,University of Mississippi, Public Policy Leadership
  • Joel Hines, UNL, Construction Engineering
  • Colton Mitties, Northeast Community College, Diesel Technology
  • Brock Ray, UNL Pre-Medicine
  • Caitlyn Wiebold, Bryan College of Health, Nursing

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

  • Jeffrey Mines Memorial: Mackenzie Brabec
  • Jim/Sandra Kruger Scholarship: Trinity Peterson, Wayne State, Oceanography
  • Janet Kavan Memorial: Emma Kavan, UNK, Nursing.
  • Lloyd/Lorraine Manske Memorial: Brooke Fredrickson, Midland University, Nursing
  • Darlene Ough Memorial: Kiley Allgood
  • Ladehoff Family Memorial: Caitlyn Wiebold
  • Carol Wilson Memorial (renewal):  Victoria Vosler, South Dakota State, Animal Science.

Since 1993, the NBC Foundation has awarded 237 scholarships to NBC graduates.  

Ladehoff Family Scholarship Established

            The family of Harlan Ladehoff has established a memorial scholarship to be administered by the NBC Foundation.  The Ladehoff scholarship will go to an NBC graduate with high academic standing, extensive participation in school and community activities, and outstanding personal characteristics.  No specific major is required. The grant will provide $750 in the student’s freshman year, but it not renewable.  The first recipient of the Ladehoff scholarship is Caitlyn Wiebold who plans to attend Bryan College of Health Sciences and study nursing. Mr. Ladehoff was a long-time Board of Education and NBC Foundation Board member.  All three of his children as well as a son-in-law and daughter-in-law are teachers.  Mrs. Lavonne Ladehoff wrote: “The family wishes that the recipients of this scholarship see the value that a post-secondary education can bring to their lives, no matter what area of study they pursue.”


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..



NBC Foundation Supports Greenhouse Project        

The NBC Foundation has pledged $5,000 for curriculum development and professional training for the district’s Greenhouse Project.

  The first program funded by the Foundation was a summer institute in St. Louis for Greenhouse Coordinator Nicole Rasmussen.  She attended the Hummert International Short Course in June. The course included instruction on plant media and testing, plant propagation, greenhouse maintenance, plant health and maintenance, and teaching ideas and labs, among other topics.  The NBC Greenhouse should be in operation this Fall.


NBC Greenhouse Coordinator Nicole Rasmussen and classmates visited the Missouri Botanical Garden as part of the Hummert International Short Course in St. Louis.  The course focused on Greenhouse management. 


NBC Seniors, taught by Suzy Morgan, put their creative writing skills to work to publish this year’s edition of the Prowling Pen.   Ella Endorf’s poem was one of the award winners.

Record Number of Teacher Projects Grants Awarded


Teacher Projects Grants Awarded

            The NBC Foundation Board approved 16 teacher-initiated project grants totaling $11,000 at its meeting in April. The projects include:

  • UNL Speech Camp and NBC Summer Speech Camp (Rob Lafleur)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Materials (4th/5thGrade Teachers)
  • Civil War Immersion Day (Dan Wright, Ken Streff)
  • Central Honors Institute for Middle Schoolers (Chris Gross-Rhode)
  • Nebraska History Speaker for 4thGraders (Bev Grueber, Jana Post)
  • After School Program (Tessie Beaver)
  • Silhouette Machine, Prowling Penliterary magazine (Suzy Morgan)
  • UNL Marching Band Show (Ray Kirkpatrick)
  • Flexible Seating Project (Jenna Wesch)
  • Participation in summer STEM Conference—Kay Eveland Grant (4th/5thGrade Teachers)
  • Participation in Columbia University Writing Conference—Eveland Grant (Melissa Cody)
  • Support for Future Problem-Solving Teams (Melissa Cody, Becky Streff)
  • Wayne State Madrigal Concert (Kim Hansen)
  • NBC Wax Museum (Melissa Cody)


 Pictured Right:

An North Bend Elementary School 5th North Bend Elementary students had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenge this year: build a catapult to launch a mini-pumpkin. These fellas built a giant catapult and succeeded beyond the teachers’ expectations. STEM materials were funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation.

Civil War re-enactor Tony Featherstone explained 1860’s era medicine to NBC students during the Civil War Immersion Day in April. The activity 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 June newsletter, including:  Stacy Ray, Leroy/Sue Maly, Ron/Rita Freeman, Kenny/Janis Dirkschneider, Jim/Nancy Williams, Mike/Suzanne Allen, Dale/Evelyn Kinney, Joe/Jackie Raus, Tim McCoy, Glenn/Jeanne Dirkschneider, Dan/Connie Nelson, Susan Gaughen Reed, Oscar/Rose Ann Bredthauer, Beverly Nissen, Larry/Carolyn Peters, Fred/Lois Lambley, John/Bonnie Wennekamp, Doug/Nichole Ruzicka, Dean/Darlene McVicker, Class of 1953, Darlene Becker,  Kurt Baumert, Paul Hansen, Colette Feala, Jack/Loretta Kloke, John A. Wolf, Robert Thege, Randy/Julie Reznicek, Tim/Karen Cech,  Donald/Dorothy Charleston, Bill/Rita Peters, Lon/Carol Bohling, Justin/Amy Taylor, Matt/Pam Shaw, Robert/Cynthia Zvacek, Class of 1997, Brad/Kathy Martindale, Leona Soukup,  GVA Inc., North Bend Grain, Robert Munchrath, Jerry/Kathy Zelazny, Nancy Yackle, Roland Kavan, Ben/Chalice Harvey, David/Mary Anne Hoover, Larry/Mary Flamme, Doug/Jill Hoops, Bill/Marian Young, Bob Feurer, Eva Roubal, Chuck/Sue Emanuel, Jeff/Kristy Voss, Edwin Slavik, Bryce Lambley, Louise Schulzkump, Gene/Nancy Sic, Dennis/Shyrl Nelson, Tony/Brenda Allgood, Edwin/Barbara Malina,  Christine Bach, Jeff Alderson/Twila Flamme, Robert/Marilyn Shanahan, Tim/Revel Chapman,  Neil/Marti Welch, Mark/Patrice Hines, Ron/Patsy Fittje, Jerry/Cecilia Hall, Michael/Debbie Erpelding, Wayde/Shelley Bang, Steve/MaryLe Arneal, Rick/Betty Brant, Marv/Janet Porter, Kevin/Julie Kavan, Judy Jorgensen, Kirk/Kevin Kavan, Don/Deb Andrews, Vernelle Karsk Werblow, Mark Flamme, Mary Gaskill, Patrick/Stephanie Jensen, Terry Snover, Kenneth/Mary Meyer, Jeff/Deanna Mitties, Ron/Diane Anderson, Tom/Kathy Mensik, Lavonne Ladehoff, Jerold/Leona Kracl, Jim/Diane Hines, Dan/Glenna Hoops, Ken/Pat Beebe, Charles/Beverly Thomsen, Thomas/Beth Lind, Sam/Robyn Pane, Randall/Susan Chalupa, Charlotte Tawney, Geraldine Fleming, Scott/Amy Kinkaid, Jim/Linda Havelka, Stephen Donahoe, Wayne Emanuel, Larry Dolezal, Otte Propane, Eric/Kim Byrd, Nick/Pat Nelson, Robert/Carmen Shively, Sharon Cody, Cory/Susan Kruse, Mike/Claire Eason, Allison Hansen (Class of 2014),  Nissen Family  Trust, Dave/Virginia Bacon, Veronica Emanuel,  Adam/Emily Taylor, Jim/Mary Spath, Lavonne Ladehoff, and Arnie/Lorraine Kavan.

MEMORIALS…Among those memorialized with donations recently were:  Mike Williams, Alfred/Marguerite Allen, Geraldine Kinney, Mary Frances Johnson, Richard R. Reed, Walt Nissen, Dianne Wesch, Linda Baumert, Al Enfield, Class of 1953, Roy Beckman, Wilbur Schuetz, Arden/Ellen Wolf, Class of 1978, Jim Palm, John Reynolds, Bill Taylor, Helen Spalding, Frank Zvacek, Jr. Eileen Dahlheim, Gene Emanuel, Pam Dolezal, Henry Nissen, Connie Kruger, Kim Kavan, Marlene Lux, Nancy Staley, Harlan Ladehoff, and Dolly Williams. 



Chris Gross-Rhode’s elementary students use laptops to guide a SPHEROS ball during STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities at NBE.  STEM materials were purchased through a grant from the  NBC Foundation.    

Students in NBE’s After School program build newspaper
towers, one of the science projects they participated in
this year.  Materials for the After School program are
funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation. 

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