RELAY - December 2020

Great Bend USD 428 - News and Highlights

It is the goal of the monthly RELAY to connect our staff with news and highlights from across our schools and community. As we near the end of the first nine weeks, there are so many successes, positive stories, and (virtual) smiles to share!

We hope you enjoy this brief update. Learn something new, celebrate with a colleague or friend, and take a moment to see the good happening all around you.

In this issue:

  • United Way Workplace Giving
  • Text Messaging Update
  • USD 428 Education Foundation Update
  • In the News: Park celebrates milestone birthday for Albert
  • Let's Celebrate: December Birthdays
  • Health Tips
  • District Highlights

Keep up the great work and keep it safe, 428!

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Students celebrate milestone birthday for Park Crossing Guard

For the past 20 years, Albert Robinson has spent his birthday serving the students of Park Elementary Schools as their Crossing Guard. This year, on Thursday, November 12, students helped him celebrate a special milestone birthday with cards, cheers, and kind words.

Robinson, who turned 89, will tell any listening ear how much he loves seeing the smiling faces of Park students every day. The extra efforts of staff, students, and parents provided even more excitement this year.

“Park is very fortunate to have such a unique and interesting person serving in this role at our school,” said Angela Petersen, technology specialist at Park Elementary. “Prior to his time with us, Mr. Robinson worked in many fields including service in the US Army, time with the Oklahoma City Police Department, he was a uranium specialist, did caretaking at Barton Community College, and also served as a pastor in Lyons and Sterling for 18 years.”

Albert has a large family. He and his wife Anne have five daughters, all of who now have very successful and interesting careers of their own, an attorney, an RN, healthcare workers, and even one of his children work at the Pentagon. He adores his many grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.

When asked what keeps him so young, Robinson replied simply that he is "blessed beyond words." He shared that he loves coming to work every day to see all of the students, and especially enjoys getting to see parents who were once students themselves in his early years at Park.

“Everyone at Park greatly appreciates Albert's many years of service to our school,” said Petersen. “He is truly one of a kind and we are blessed beyond words to have him keeping our crosswalk safe!”

For more information about Park Elementary School, or opportunities to work as a Crossing Guard for USD 428, please visit our website at

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A new page (Community Resources) has been added to our website in an effort to connect our staff, families, and students with community resources when they are needed most. While this is not a comprehensive list, we hope it provides helpful links to the organizations that serve our community.
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