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State Farm Cheers on Cowboys; Donates to Driver's Ed Program

​​From Left to ​Right: Paul Blomenkamp, Boys Town Associate Principal and Athletic Director; Rudy Partid, State Farm Employee; sons of Rudy Partid; Jeff Peterson, Senior Director, Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa Campus Operations; and Bob Reznicek, Boys Town Superintendent.

​The Boys Town Cowboys played their annual homecoming game against Concordia on Friday, October 7, 2016. The two teams battled it out while a large crowd cheered the Cowboys to a 21 to 14 victory.

​While the Cowboys' performance kept the crowd engaged, an even bigger highlight came during halftime. Rudy Partid, a State Farm employee, who was accompanied by his two sons and wife, presented Boys Town with a State Farm donation check totaling $20,000 in support of Boys Town's Drivers Education program.

"We are very grateful for this grant from State Farm. Learning to drive safely is an important life skill for Boys Town students and all high school students," said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town President and National Executive Director.

The Drivers Education program at Boys Town is taught by Cornhusker Driving School and focuses not only on the rules of the road and how to drive, but also on safety. Approximately 50-75 Boys Town juniors and seniors take driver's education every year. Of the students that completed the course, 100 percent obtained certificates of successful completion.

"State Farm is honored to be affiliated with safety efforts and quality organizations like Boys Town," said Kelly Pargett, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist. "Automobile crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of teenagers, and it's our hope that programs like this will help lower the number of accidents on our roadways." 

State Farm has been a supporter of Boys Town's Drivers Education program since 2015. This partnership has helped fund the program and provided many youth with the opportunity to obtain their driver's license. Thanks again to State Farm for their generous donation and for helping Boys Town youth learn how to drive and remain safe while on the road.​