RELAY - May 2021

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. There are so many successes, positive stories, and (virtual) smiles to share!

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

In this issue:

  • Celebrating #428hero week and Teacher Appreciation Nominations
  • In the News
  • Let's Celebrate - May Birthdays
  • Community Resources
  • District Highlights

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

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Do you know a #428hero?!

Next week, May 3-7, is teacher appreciation week and we want to highlight stories from across USD 428. We're asking YOU to nominate the superheroes in your midst. Click the link below to complete the brief form and then keep an eye on social media!

We have several prizes that will be drawn at random from all #428hero nominations. We also invite you to join the conversation by using the #428hero hashtag on your own social media networks to share all the great things and hard work that is happening in our schools.

Prizes (drawing to be held on Thursday, May 6):

  • Great Bend REC - steel tumbler and 1-year Jean Cavanaugh Wellness Membership (x2)
  • Balloon Bouquet from Rana Luna Boutique (x2)
  • Great Bend Panthers Blankets
  • Great Bend 428 Lunch Bags
  • Other great prizes!

*All USD 428 employees are eligible to be nominated and eligible to win.

State Treasurer’s Office Recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, with $10,000 Giveaway

Ten Kansas teachers have the opportunity to receive $1,000 each in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 3-7, Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers announced.

People are invited to nominate a Kansas teacher for the $1,000 award by using this online form.

Nominations will be accepted until noon Friday, April 30. The State Treasurer’s Office will announce two winners each day beginning Monday, May 3. Winners will be selected at random. Entries are limited to one per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. No taxpayer dollars are contributing to this award fund, the State Treasurer’s Office said.

The awards will be paid through the State Treasurer’s Office's partnership with Learning Quest 529 Savings Plans. Winners will have a choice to receive a scholarship or a contribution to a new or existing 529 Savings Plan.

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Sweet Rewards - Celebrating the 2021 United Way Workplace Giving Campaign

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 "Virtual" United Way Workplace Campaign. While this year looked a little different, many of you choose to support the needs of our community by donating to the United Way and the 22 agencies they serve through a payroll deduction or one-time gift.

The District Education Center had the highest percentage of participation and earned a Freddy's Sundae Bar. Below are the campaign results. Remember, it's not the size of the gift that matters - participation is the key!

USD 428 Workplace Campaign Results:

2021 Total Pledge from USD 428 Employees - $7,512.00

109 Givers

Participation by Building (Percentage of Staff Participating)

DEC - 40.91%

Central Kitchen - 40.00%

Lincoln - 31.91%

Washington - 27.27%

GBMS - 23.33%

Jefferson - 23.40%

Park - 20.00%

GBHS - 14.17%

Riley - 7.25%

Eisenhower - 8.33%

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Student leaders host blood drive at GBHS

Great Bend High School’s KAY Club hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 31. Student volunteers supported the professional staff as they collected 37 units of blood from both student and staff donors.

“We were so happy that the district allowed the American Red Cross to come in and let us help them with the drive,” said Karen Clark, GBHS teacher and KAY sponsor. “For many students this is their first experience donating blood, and we know a positive first experience can create lifelong donors. The American Red Cross staff is so patient and understanding of the students' nerves and apprehensions, they do a great job making it as stress-free as possible for donors.”

In a year where health and safety precautions have limited visitors in buildings and community service opportunities, Clark shared that students are eager and ready to serve the community.

“I believe students are motivated to serve because they understand the need,” said Clark.

Referencing one of the KAY mottos, “work made fun gets done,” Clark reiterated the importance of helping students find ways to enjoy community service opportunities, shaping their attitudes and behaviors for years to come.

KAY, Kansas Association for Youth, is a character-building, leadership-training, services organization that has served thousands of Kansas students over the past 70 years. For more information about the GBHS KAY Club, please contact Karen Clark, club sponsor, at Great Bend High School, 620-793-1521.

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Great People Great Places Great Bend!
There is lots to look forward to this summer in Great Bend! If you don't already, follow Explore Great Bend on Facebook to say in the loop on events happening in our area.

Art & Wine Walk

Thursday, May 6, 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Join the participating stores in downtown Great Bend for featured artists, wine, and shopping!

2021 Cinco de Mayo Festival

Saturday, May 8, 11 am - 4 pm, Jack Kilby Square in Downtown Great Bend

  • Parade at 11 am
  • Music, Food, Dancing, Entertainment
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