Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation raises $12,000 at breakfast
SCOTTSBLUFF — Industry leaders and community supporters enjoyed breakfast in the Scottsbluff High School commons area Thursday morning as the Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation and Kelley Bean partnered to host a breakfast to celebrate the career and technical student organizations at SHS.
While highlighting student learning within the CTSOs, Foundation Director Alyssa Harvey said the event was created to also provide greater support to these organizations.
“The event was created to help on a greater scale and help with some of the day-to-day costs,” she said. “We want to be sure students can continue down this path.”
Harvey said the preliminary total raised at the event for the CTSOs at SHS totaled $12,000, but that figure does not account for all expenses.
Through school and community collaboration, the Bearcats are able to foster growth through hands-on learning beyond the classroom curriculum. Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Rick Myles said through these partnerships, the students and community benefit.
“I think the future for not only them as individuals, but also for us as a community is very bright in large part to what all of you have done,” said Myles.
The meal was sponsored by Kelley Bean and was catered by Pro-Start students who are in the culinary career pathway. Guests enjoyed frittatas, sausage links and muffins.
Students involved in school organizations presented about the leadership development and unique opportunities they gain, which not only carries over to the classroom, but also prepares them for their careers.
“Education is most important because it’s the foundation for every career ever,” said senior Anna McDaniel, who is involved in the group Educators Rising.
While students do not have to choose a career pathway immediately, students can find a pathway that interests them by enrolling in introductory courses. For senior Sal Salazar, getting involved in Pro Start and DECA helped guide him.
“I started Pro Start my sophomore year, even though you’re supposed to be juniors,” he said. “That has been life changing. My sophomore year I had no idea what I was doing and had no idea what I wanted to do.”
After taking an introductory course in culinary arts and getting involved in DECA and Pro Start competitions, he found a passion and connection with his classmates, which was made possible through the partnership with community members.
After hearing from students, Harvey also recognized students, who received scholarships to pursue a degree in higher education. The seniors collectively received scholarships totaling $8,000.
Shelter Insurance Scholarship — Brayden Gonzales
Steven Green Agriculture Scholarship — Kyle Henderson and Parker Yost
West Family Education Scholarship — Shelby Fisher and Yazmin Marquez
Agriculture Scholarship — Lauren Nichols
Grow Our Own Teacher Scholarship — Anna McDaniel and Yazmin Marquez
Additional donations can be made at www.sbps.net/foundation on the contribute page or by sending checks to the SBPS Foundation, located at 1722 First Ave.