3/22/2012 10:47:20 AM
Danny Woodhead Coming Home to North Platte

New England Patriots running back and Chadron State grad Danny Woodhead will be returning to his hometown of North Platte next week for a pair of events. The events are supported by NebraskaLand National Bank and the North Platte Public School Foundation.


Danny will participate and speak at the Foundation’s “Education After Hours” event on Friday, March 30, at the Holiday Inn Express from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 and are required in advance for individuals 21 and older and can be purchased through the Foundation office at 696-3325.


This is one of the Foundation’s largest fundraisers, which is dedicated to honoring 2012 NPHS Distinguished Alumni Award winners Senator Tom Hansen (’65), Marge Beatty (’66) and Dr. Edward Raines (’71). They will also be honoring 2012 Teacher of the Year Betty Knepke, Staff Member of the Year Gaylene Lombardi and Administrator of the Year George Schere.


On Saturday, March 31, they are hosting “Lunch with Danny.” The community is invited to NebraskaLand National Bank’s main location in North Platte from 11 to 1 p.m. Individuals can purchase an opportunity to take a private photo with Danny, as well as a signed copy of the children’s book “Danny Woodhead, A Football Dream Come True.” Proceeds from this meet and greet will benefit the Teammates program of North Platte. Due to contractual obligations, no other autographs are permissible at either event.

The NPPS Foundation’s “Education After Hours” event raises necessary funds to support Foundation programs like the Prepared to Learn Fund, Educator REACH grants and the NPPS Foundation Scholarship. The Prepared to Learn Fund provides immediate assistance to students in need. Students have received close to $2,000 this school year for clothing, dental needs, school supplies, food, transportation and many other needs that affect their daily success in the classroom. The Foundation’s REACH grant program has provided over $159,000 to North Platte educators since the program’s inception. REACH grants provide necessary funding for projects that pioneer innovative approaches to teaching that cannot currently be funded through the Public School’s budget. The Foundation administers over $330,000 in scholarship funds and continues to seek funding in hopes of granting more students the dream of higher education.

The TeamMates Program began in 1991 with the vision of University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy. Twenty-two football players met with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools. Today, TeamMates includes 100 chapters in over 120 communities serving more than 5,000 students in grades 4-12. Currently in North Platte, the chapter is strong and growing even stronger with 60 active matches. TeamMates of North Platte currently has matches at McDaid, St. Pat's High School, North Platte High School, Adams Middle School and Madison Middle School.


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