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About the NBC Foundation

The NBC Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees.  Members include:  Jim Havelka, Chairman; Patrice Hines, Secretary;  Dr. Galen Boldt, Superintendent; Bob Feurer, NBCPS Board Representative; Ken Beebe, Carol Emanuel, Mark Flamme, Jan Hobza, and Robin Widhelm.  Members serve four-year terms.

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.  Since its inception, the NBC Foundation has awarded  319 scholarships valued at nearly $238,000,  and awarded approximately $127,000  in grants for teacher projects.


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, several 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.

The Pandemic has slowed us down a bit, but before it struck the NBC Foundation was able to fund field trips like this one to the SAC Museum for elementary students.  In 2022-23, field trips are back on the agenda of increasing opportunities for our students. 

Contributing to the NBC Foundation

Thanks once again to the generosity of our contributors, the NBC Foundation was able to provide a tremendous amount of support for students and staff at North Bend Central Public Schools this year.  For 2022-23 approximately $44,000 has been budgeted for Foundation activities by the NBC Foundation Board.  That figure includes $25,600 in Foundation scholarships and family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation, and approximately $16,000  in new teacher project grants.    Details on the scholarships and teacher project grants approved in April 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.

Bountiful Harvests Can Yield Opportunities

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.  Recently, 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

Fremont Area Big Give Helps NBC Foundation

The 2022  Fremont Area Big Give...was very successful for the NBC Foundation. Thanks to our generous donors, we qualified for a $1,000 incentive grant sponsored by the Dodge County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Our total donations from the Big Give were: $4,794.52,   Thanks to all who donated, including: Steve/Sharen Minarick, Paul/Margie Emanuel, Jim/Linda Havelka, Gary/Robin Widhelm, Bev Grueber, Carol Murray, Jane Mehaffey, Jolene Paasch, Georgia Vyhlidal,  Platte Valley Bank, Tom/Deanna Wolf, Katy Body, Mark/Patrice Hines, Neil Hines, Tyler/Laura Lancaster, Ken/Pat Beebe, Jim/Diane Hines, Kate Lancaster, John/Mary Buller, Mark Flamme, Janice Vopalensky, Adam/Cara Hines, Drew/Emily Hines, Brent Karnatz, Mike/Jodi Dorcey, Don/Deb Andrews, Rich/Melissa Samuelson, Lon/Carol Bohling, Jerry/Cecilia Hall, Lyn Ann Franzluebbers, Jim/Brenda Robinson, Chris Gross-Rhode, Tom/Marlene Johnson, Tom/Kathy Mensik and family, Fred/Lois Lambley, Larry/Cheryl Feala, Steve/Mary Le Arneal, Bob Feurer, Eric/Laura Chvatal, Cheryl Kavan, Steve/Cheryl Wietfeld, Mick Tank, Rick/Jan Hobza, Leigh Feala, First National Bank of Omaha  (employee match).  

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 2022 Awarded Scholarships

The NBC Foundation Board/Kinman-Oldfield Scholars for 2022 are (from left to right): (front row) Amy Murray, (second row) Aleya Bourek, Sydney Emanuel, Madelyn Gaughen, (third row) Noah Post, Jordan Ondracek,  Grady Harms, Trevor Ortmeier, Travis Byrd, and Andrew Hall.

Winners of the Board scholarships and their college plans are: 

  • Sydney Emanuel:  UNL, Elementary Education/Special Education

  • Andrew Hall:  UNL, Computer Science

  • Aleya Bourek:  UNL, Elementary Education

  • Travis Byrd:  Wayne State:  Pre-Medicine

  • Trevor Ortmeier:  UNL, Secondary Education

  • Madelyn Gaughen:  College of St. Mary, Elementary Education/Special Education

  • Amy Murray:  Wayne State:  Elementary Education

  • Noah Post:  UNL:  Undecided

  • Grady Harms:  UNL:  Agribusiness/Agronomy

  • Jordan Ondracek:  Wayne State: Pre-Dentistry

CONGRATULATIONS…to these 2022 Seniors who earned NBC Foundation scholarships.  The Foundation Board awarded $25,600 in scholarships this year -- a record amount --including 10  Board of Trustees/Kinman-Oldfield scholarships and 11 family memorial scholarships administered by the Foundation. 


CONGRATULATIONS… to the winners of the family memorial scholarships administered by the NBC Foundation are:

(from left to right): Natalie Knapp, Noah Post, Aleya Bourek, Grant Peters, Sidney Emanuel, Travis Byrd, Amy Murray, Andrew Hall and Elsie Dobbs

Since 1993, the NBC Foundation has awarded 298 scholarships valued at $212,110 to NBC Graduates. 

  • Jeffrey Mines Memorial:  Grant Peters, UNL, Computer Science

  • Jim/Sandra Kruger Scholarship:  Sydney Emanuel 

  • LCF Scholarship Award:  Travis Byrd; Elsie Dobbs, Metro, Criminal Justice

  • Janet Kavan Memorial:  Andrew Hall 

  • Darlene Ough Memorial:  Amy Murray 

  • Ladehoff Family Memorial:  Sydney Emanuel  

  • Gene Emanuel Memorial:  Noah Post

  • Carol Wilson Memorial :  Natalie Knapp, Northeast Community College, Veterinary Technology

  • Virginia Livingston Memorial:  Sydney Emanuel; Aleya Bourek

Creating Memorial Scholarships

Establishing a memorial scholarship is a great way to recognize a beloved family member or classmate. The NBC Foundation currently administers several memorial scholarships endowed by local families. If you are interested in establishing one, please contact NBC Foundation Board Charaman Jim Havelka at (402) 620-1705 or via e-mail at

Prowling Pen

The NBC Foundation is proud to support the Prowling Pen, NBC's literary magazine produced by Seniors in Suzy Morgan's English class.  The word ticket poems like the one above reflect some of the best thoughts of our Seniors.  Your donations allow us to fund printing of the Prowling Pen.


CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTOR...Brandon Keller of Missouri Valley displays items that Civil War soldiers would have been familiar with as part of the Civil War Day at NBC in April. NBC teachers Dan Wright and Ken Streff coordinated the activity which enabled elementary and secondary students to learn about authentic weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts.  The project was funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation.

NBC Middle Schoolers Leah Ovbershaw and Keegan Keating reported on Chinese Dynasties at the NBC Wax Museum this year.  Students displyed information on historical individuals or eras and collected money for a charity from their viewers.  Language Arts Teacher Melissa Cody facilitates the Wax Museum project which is funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation.

Teacher Projects Grants Awarded

     The NBC Foundation Board approved 20 teacher-initiated project grants totaling nearly  $16,000 at its meeting in April and renewed ongoing grants totaling another $2,000.  This year’s project grants  include: 

  • Middle School Wax Museum (Melissa Cody)

  • Future Problem-Solving (Melissa Cody)

  • Math Counts Competition (Aubrey Miller)

  • Accelerated Reader Rewards (Chris Gross-Rhode)

  • Plum Creek Books (Chris Gross-Rhode)

  • National School Psychologist Convention (Robyn Schweitzer); Eveland Fund

  • First Grade Science Trip (Marissa Ortmeier, et. al.)

  • Central Honors Institute (Chris Gross-Rhode)

  • Prowling Pen (Suzy Morgan)

  • Contemporary Literature materials (Suzy Morgan); Eveland Fund

  • Student Strength Finder (DJ Mottl)

  • Dramatic Play Materials (Marissa Ortmeier)

  • Middle School Quiz Bowl (Dan Wright)

  • Scholarship Writing Nights (Chris Gaughen)

  • College Visits (Chris Gaughen)

  • Outdoor Classroom (Becky Streff,  Neely Vavrina); Richardson Fund

  • Traveling the Oregon Trail (Jana Post/Katie Scholl)

  • English 10 Contemporary Novel Unit (Ross Lafleur); Eveland Fund

  • Career Scenario Materials (Katie Wright)

  • Constructing Modern Knowledge Convention (Bob Feurer); Eveland Fund

  •       Ongoing grants include: Curriculum and professional development for the Greenhouse Project, materials for Leveled Literacy Intervention, and annual scholarship processing.


NBE FOURTH GRADERS...spent weeks learning and writing about westward expansion across America, then packed their supplies into wagons and set out on the "Oregon Trail" around North Bend recently. They had eight stops along the trail and at each stop they had to make camp and complete their Trail Journey and Food Log. The students had to react to situations that occurred along the trail and find ways to provide for themselves, including hunting with beanbags, fishing the Green River, and stopping at Fort Laramie to buy snacks. Students heard journal entries throughout the trip from real travelers on the Oregon Trail. It was an arduous journey, but once the pioneers arrived in Oregon City, they enjoyed apple crisp they had prepared the day before (using their knowledge of fractions to double the recipe) and employing a crank apple peeler. It was a memorable trip -- one made possible by a grant from the NBC Foundation.


SECOND GRADERS...from Kinsey Wemhoff's class perform their Reader's Theater for parents and others. The theater frame and costumes were funded by a grant from the NBC Foundation, but the young readers created the backdrops, posters, and other props.

Kay Eveland Fund Project

   Several years ago,  the family of Kay Eveland established an endowment within the NBC Foundation to support teacher professional development and supplementary curriculum materials for teachers.  For 2022-22, the Kay Eveland Fund will support NBCPS staff attending the National School Psychologist Convention and the Constructing Modern Knowledge Convention.  Supplementary materials in Literature for Grades 10 and 12 will also be funded. 

Richardson Fund Established

Recently,  Mark and Jessica Richardson created the Steve Richardson Teachers’ Fund within the NBC Foundation to promote academic and student activities teacher projects. This year a teacher project grant to create an Outdoor Classroom space was awarded to NBC Elementary Teachers Becky Streff and Neely Vavrina. 

The Board of Trustees
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Members of the NBC Foundation Board for 2020-23 are:  Robin Widhelm, Patrice Hines, and Jan Hobza, seated;  Jim Havelka, Ken  Beebe, Mark Flamme, and  Bob Feurer.  Carol Emanuel and Dr. Galen Boldt not pictured. 

NBC Foundation

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


Jim Havelka

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 2022 we have applied for a $5,000 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!

NBC Foundation Board Members Mark Flamme, Patrice Hines and Robin Widhelm receive a check for $4553.51 from Leigh Feala of Fremont Area Community Foundation representing our share of the 2021 Big Give donations. THANKS very much to our generous donors.

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