Welcome to the NBC Foundation Page
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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 2017-18 approximately $25,900 has been budgeted for Foundation activities by the NBC Foundation Board. That figure includes $14,900 in Foundation scholarships and family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation and $11,000 in teacher project grants.   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.


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.

Science is always a fiery topic for NBC students attending Central Honors Institute for High Ability Learners at Platte College.  Here a student experiments with methyl alcohol in a chemistry seminar.  An NBC Foundation grant assists with tuition for NBC students attending the Institute.

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 2017 we have applied for a $6,000 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...was very successful for the NBC Foundation, resulting in more than $1,400 in revenue. Thanks to all who contributed, including: Julie Loberg, Leigh Feala, Ken/Pat Beebe, Heather Nesladek, Mary Buller, MaryLe Arneal, Bill/Marian Young, Larry/Pat Ruzicka, Gary Gillis, Dean Jacobs, Jerry/Cecilia Hall, Jim/Linda Havelka, Mike Guilliatt, Don/Deb Andrews, Juanita Vopalensky (in memory of Bud Vopalensky), First State Bank, Amy Reznicek, Charles/Jan Vopalensky, Margie/Paul Emanuel, Lon/Carol Bohling, Mick Tank, Christine Liekhus, and Jan/Rick Hobza.

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 2017 Awarded Foundation Scholarships 

Graduates awarded NBC Foundation Board/Kinman-Oldfield Scholarships are: Alexandria Humlicek, Dannika Shanahan, Dakota Chapman, and Jacquelyn Minarick; Tyler Doernemann, Shane Hansen, Dawson Poessnecker, Jack Post, Jake Wietfeld, and Sam Wesely.  
NBC graduates awarded family memorial scholarships administered by the NBC Foundation are: Hannah McCoy (Jeffrey Mines Memorial), Aaliyah Scott (Darlene Ough Memorial), Jacquelyn Minarick (Lloyd/Lorraine Manske Memorial), Victoria Vosler (Carol Wilson Memorial), Jake Wietfeld (Jim/Sandra Kruger Scholarship), and Sam Wesely (Janet Kavan Memorial).

CONGRATULATIONS…to these 2017 Seniors who earned NBC Foundation scholarships. The Foundation Board awarded $14,900 in scholarships this year, a record amount, including ten Board of Trustees/Kinman-Oldfield scholarships and six family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation.

            Winners of the Board scholarships and their college plans are:

  • Dakota Chapman, Iowa State, animal science.
  • Tyler Doernemann, Northeast CC, diversified agriculture.
  • Shane Hansen, UNL, fisheries and wildlife biology.
  • Alexandria Humlicek, UNL, agribusiness or veterinary medicine.
  • Jacquelyn Minarick, UNL, nursing.
  • Dawson Poessnecker, Midland, business administration.
  • Jack Post, UNL, civil engineering.
  • Dannika Shanahan, UNO or Wayne State, biology (pre-medicine).
  • Sam Wesely, Wayne State, chemical science.
  • Jake Wietfeld, UNL, engineering.


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

  • Hannah McCoy: Jeffrey Mines Memorial; UNL, nutrition, exercise and health science.
  • Jake Wietfeld: Jim/Sandra Kruger Scholarship.
  • Sam Wesely: Janet Kavan Memorial.
  • Jacquelyn Minarick: Lloyd/Lorraine Manske Memorial.
  • Aaliyah Scott: Darlene Ough Memorial; UNL, agricultural education.
  • Victoria Vosler: Carol Wilson Memorial; South Dakota State, animal science.


Since 1993, the NBC Foundation has awarded 220 scholarships to NBC graduates.  

Carol Wilson Scholarship Established

            The family of Carol D. Wilson has established a memorial scholarship to be administered by the NBC Foundation. The Carol Wilson scholarship will go to an NBC graduate studying veterinary medicine, animal science/health or a related field. The grant will provide $1,500 per year and is renewable for up to four years. The first recipient of the Wilson scholarship is Victoria Vosler who plans to attend South Dakota State University majoring in animal science.


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..



Two Special Projects Funded by NBC Foundation          

            The NBC Foundation provided start-up funding for two special projects during the 2016-17 school year.   The first is a robotics curriculum. Science Teachers Bernie Nicola and Steve Richardson developed robotics units for their Habits of Mind and Global Science classes. An NBC Foundation mini-grant provided funds for robotics equipment, curriculum materials, and staff training.

            The second grant provided up to $1,000 in money for materials and equipment for NBC Elementary School’s new after-school program. Elementary Principal Tessie Beaver told the Foundation Board that the purpose of the after-school program is to provide supervised, engaging, and enriching experiences for students to extend their learning beyond the school day.   The program take places from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and includes homework time as well as enrichment activities.   Equipment provided by the Foundation will focus on STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
Science students in Bernie Nicola’s class construct a mini-robot as part of the new Robotics curriculum at NBC.   Teacher Steve Richardson’s Global Science students also built robots. Equipment for the Robotics curriculum was purchased through a grant from the NBC Foundation.   NBC Elementary students in the district’s new after-school program conduct a science experiment on surface tension under the guidance of paraprofessional Deb Erpelding. The after-school program operates from 3:30-5:00 each day and includes physical activity (directed by NBE Teacher Mark Brower) as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. An NBC Foundation grant provided equipment and materials for the after-school program.
Jackie Minarick’s award-winning poem appears in the current edition of the NBC literary magazine, “The Prowling Pen”, produced by Suzy Kluthe’s English students. Copies are available at the NBC Office or Platte Valley Bank.   The annual magazine is printed through a grant from the NBC Foundation

Record Number of Teacher Projects Grants Awarded


            The NBC Foundation Board approved 19 teacher-initiated project grants totaling more than $9,300 at its meeting in April. In addition, more than $1,600 in grants from the Kay Eveland Memorial Fund were awarded. The total of approximately $11,000 in grants is a record for the NBC Foundation. The grants will provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities for NBCPS students and staff next year, something that is only possible because of the generosity of our donors.

            The 19 teacher-initiated projects include:

  • A Nebraska Humanities Council speaker for Grade 4 (Bev Grueber/Jana Post)
  • A Solar Eclipse Lab program from the Edgerton Explorit Center (Grueber/Post)
  • Support for the NBC Summer Speech Camp (Ross Lafleur)
  • Participation in the UNL Forensics Workshop (Lafleur)
  • Tuition assistance for student attending the Central Honors Institute (Chris Gross-Rhode)
  • Middle school non-fiction resources (Lafleur) 
  • Tuition assistance for students attending summer leadership camps (Chris Gaughen).
  • Sponsorship of the Dodge County Spelling Bee (Gross-Rhode).
  • Financial support for the Prowling Pen, NBC’s literary magazine (Suzy Kluthe).
  • Solar eclipse program from the UNL Astronomy Department for Grade 5 (Jolene Paasch/Becky Streff).
  • Learning materials for the NBE After School Program (Tessie Beaver).
  • Support for the NBE Character Council (Amy Ferguson/Amy Sterup).
  • Chorus students’ trip to the Wayne State College Madrigal event (Kim Hansen).
  • Civil War Immersion Day (Dan Wright/Ken Streff).
  • Band trip to the UNL Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert (Ray Kirkpatrick).
  • Tuition assistance for students attending the All Girls Math Camp at UNL (Terri Jelinek).
  • Purchase of non-fiction resources for Grade 5 language arts classes (Becky Streff).
  • Purchase of research materials for Middle School Cross-Curricular Projects (Melissa Cody).

Registrations for six teams to participate in the Nebraska State Future Problem-Solving Program (Cody/Becky Streff).

 Pictured Right:

An North Bend Elementary School 5th Grader experiences a flight simulator during a field trip to the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora. The field trip was funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation.

Civil War re-enactors point out camp artifacts to an NBC student at the Civil War Immersion Day held at the high school this spring. The Immersion Day’s activities were funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation.


Kay Eveland Fund Projects

          The Foundation Board approved two projects funded by grants from the Kay Eveland Memorial Fund in April.   The first is the purchase of “Animate” software for Stacy Ray’s Digital Media Class. The software will allow students to create projects which integrate video, sound, graphics, and animation. The second is the purchase of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) materials for Bev Grueber and Becky Streff’s 4th and 5th Grade classes. The two teachers will be attending a training program this summer on STEM instruction. The Kay Eveland Fund was endowed by the Paul Eveland family to provide for professional development and classroom materials and support for NBCPS teachers.


Thank You, NBC Foundation Contributors.

THANK YOUto all who have donated to the NBC Foundation since our December newsletter, including: Harlan/Lavonne Ladehoff, Rollie/Magdaline Svec, Adeline Hines, Gene/Veronica Emanuel, Bob Emanuel, Gary/Lynette Faltin, Charles/Janice Vopalensky, Dave/Virginia Bacon, Mark/Patrice Hines, Steve/Bev Grueber, Rod Scott, Ron/Rita Freeman, Jim/Linda Havelka, Bob/Caryn Moser, Todd/Caryn Ziettlow, Ken/Janis Dirkschneider, Tom/Marlene Johnson, Robert/Linda Bendig, Rollie/Mary Ann Otte, Hampl Transportation, Colette Feala, Larry/Mary Flamme, Mike/Suzanne Allan, Chris/Sherry Emanuel, Tim McCoy, John/Mary Buller, Dale/Evelyn Kinney, Richard/Myrna Nissen, Jim/Nancy Williams, Doug/Nichole Ruzicka, Larry/Cheryl Feala, Paul/Donna Eveland, Alyssa Eveland, Kristine Caradine, John W. Wilson, Hormel Foods, Rich/Maxine Urkoski, Broc/Ashley Blanchard, Kent/Sheryl Johnson, Jim/Brenda Robinson, Rick Tank, Dr. Mark Johnson, Gene/Nancy Sic, Bill Paden, Steve/Audrey Chromy, Tom Siebels, Jim/Ann Minarick, Mick Tank, Jack/Loretta Kloke, Tom/Kathy Mensik, Tim/Karen Cech, Vernelle Karsk Werblow, Brad/Amy Williams, Glen/Jeanne Dirkschneider, John/Bonnie Wennekamp, Sharon Cody, Robert Zvacek, Lon/Carol Bohling, Gary/Terri Jelinek, Marv/Janet Porter, Drew/Mariann VonRein, Don/Deb Andrews, Leona Soukup, Sheila (Bang) Hull, Bill/Rita Peters, VFW Auxiliary No. 8223, Charles/Kathryn Krenzer, Jeff/Louise Bauer, Fred/Lois Lambley, John/Mary Buller, Randy/Barb McIntyre, Janet Dunker, Ken/Pat Beebe, Jan Eaton, Mavor Nelson, Joe/Jackie Raus, Tim/Amy Reznicek, Jeri Fleming, Carolyn Jackson (Class of 1963), and Mel/Kitty Bailey.

Among those memorialized with donations were: Kay Eveland, Carol D. Wilson, John Hines, Alan Emanuel, Butch Giddings, Bud, Vopalensky, Janel Soukup Harnan, Amy Wolf, Dorothy Chromy, Jolene Siebels, Anne Marie Yackle, Mitch Hampl, Marguerite Allan, Delrae Eton, Geroldine Kinney, Walt Nissen, Mike Williams, Class of 1961, Marie Ruzicka, Linda Baumert, Lowell, Ruth, and James Johnson, Wilson Scott, Jeanyne Bang, Evon Groothuis, Helen Spalding, Frank Zvacek Jr., Eunice Galyen, Wilma Karan, Nels Nelson, Billie Lechtenberger, Harold Soukup, Kathleen Semrad, Doris Ray, Joan Hoffman, Irene Mitties, Ann Kavan, Delma Janssen, Connie White, Virginia Beranek, Betty Meier, Helen Spath, Anna Nesladek, Phyllis Dockweiler, Mildred Emanuel, Virginia VonRein, Darlene Severson, Dick Dunker, Nels Nelson, Vernet Larson, Marty Frye, Dorothy Mines, Ray Kracl, Curtis Fleming, Betty Marxsen, and Dorothy Parr.

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.    
Chris Gross-Rhode’s elementary students use laptops
to guid a SPHEROS ball
during STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math) activities at NBE.  STEM materials
were purchased through 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. There is one vacancy which will be filled in October. Members include:

James Havelka, Chairman
Patrice Hines, Secretary
Carol Emanuel
Kenneth Beebe
Mary Shanahan (term ends in October)
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, Mary Shanahan, , Patrice Hines, and Jim Havelka (back row from left) Dan Endorf, Carol Emanuel, Jan Hobza, Mark Flamme, and Jay Poessnecker