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boys-town-leverages-strategic-partnership-to-provide-warm-clothingBoys Town Leverages Strategic Partnership to Provide Warm ClothingNew York
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

Boys Town New York began its partnership with Good360 in 2013 to provide warm clothing to underprivileged children and families in the Brooklyn community. Good360 provides in-kind donations from companies to nonprofit organizations. One of the local Good360 partners is Gap Inc.

Recently, Boys Town received more than 150 boxes of clothing and apparel from ​Gap Inc. Because the Brooklyn event has received such a positive response over the years, Boys Town New York used this additional donation to have a second clothing giveaway to benefit the East Harlem community. As a result, more than 230 local residents received winter clothing and apparel, as well as information on local resources.  

"These types of donations allow our staff to cultivate relationships within the community and strategically target the low income areas with the greatest needs" said James Hill, Boys Town New York Development Director.

a-winter-soireeA Winter SoireeNew York
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

More than 230 people attended Boys Town New York's annual Winter Soiree December 1, 2016 at the Manhattan penthouse of host, Joe Ricketts, at the Mandrian Oriental. More than $60,000 was raised to support the children and families served by Boys Town New York.

During the evening, two youth stood before the crowd and bravely shared their touching stories of what life was like before and after Boys Town came into their lives. Following their moving shares, two awards were presented during the evening to community members. Mike Campana was awarded the Boys Town New York 2016 Ambassador of the Year Award and Emem Offong was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.

During his acceptance speech, Campana shared, "What brought me to Boys Town in the first place and continues to keep me engaged is the measureable positive impact our organization has on the lives of children and families both in our immediate area and across the nation." He also added, "Evident by our sold out Winter Soiree, you can really feel momentum starting to build around Boys Town New York, which I am excited to carry into our centennial year."

Emem expressed the reason for her volunteerism, "I like being involved in an organization committed to teaching and showing kids how to make better decisions. An organization that encourages and reminds kids that despite their current circumstances, they can still go on to achieve their dreams using the tools they've learned at Boys Town."

We hope you'll be able to join us for another wonderful event next year as Boys Town celebrates its 100th anniversary. ​​

richmond-hill-youth-writes-touching-thank-you-letterRichmond Hill Youth Writes Touching Thank You LetterNew York
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​​​​​After completing the program, Adreanna wrote a ​​​touching letter ​thanking ​Boys Town ​New York ​staff for ​​believing in her.

Read her full letter below.

Dear Ms Star, Dear Ms Corrin, Dear Ms Ashley, Dear Ms Vanessa, Dear Ms Shariva, Dear Ms Michelle,

Day by day im growing... 

​Ight so boom, I really kant believe that im leaving 2morrow. Im not ready to leave but im ready to move on to the next step to get me home. These extra days that ive had, im thank full for. It prepared me for 2morrow. Looking bakk at my stay with ya... lol we really went thru alot. You guys really had patience with me and i thank you for that. Forreal. Alot of people give up on me bekuz of my attitude and the way that i say certain things but you guys didnt. When i first walked thru that door i was out of kontrol. I spit on Ms Star, kursed out Ms Vanessa, never liked Ms Shariva, & Had my attitude moments with Ms Ashley. Its alot more but im writing to you guys in this letter. You guys took time to teach me when nobody else in the house new how to deal with me. You all have heard some and parts of my story and understood where i kame from. You all felt like my family and Richmond Hill kouldnt give me anything more. It feels good to know that ya really kared from the heart and kept on karing even when i was at my worst. Richmond Hill staff helped me change and realize that i kant keep going down the​ road i was going down. Im not going to say that i changed over night bekuz i didnt but ya helped me get thru and start the process. lol From breaking 3 phones, a popcorn machine, flipping chairs, and kursing staff out everyday to learning how to kontrol my anger, talk with someone, and now accepting change. I did it but ya made it happen. ​Thank you. I ​promise that I won't forget about you guys and I'll be kalling and visiting. So expect to hear from me from time to time. I will forever be your child.

Thanks for your love, your patience, and your open arms. I love you. Dont forget about me!

P.S. Tell my peer Keisy I said BLTTT!

Sincerly your child 4Ever
-Andreanna Janey Merice

I'll love Richmond 4 Ever.




See the original letter below.

 

community-outreach-partnering-with-innovation-high-schoolCommunity Outreach In Harlem: Partnering with Innovation High SchoolNew York
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​Tesharr's failing grades concerned his teachers about what may be going on at home.

Tesharr struggled to communicate his needs to his adoptive mother in his single parent home and the issues between his mother and him led to a poor school attitude, apathy in class and poor relationships with others. Coupled with Tesharr's mental health issues, he was frequently in an out of the hospital which exacerbated an already unstable environment. he issues between his adoptive mom and Tesharr led to a poor attitude at school, apathy in class, and poor relationships with others. Tesharr has a history of

As part of the partnership between Boys Town New York and Innovation High School, Tesharr was paired with Pius, a Boys Town New Y​ork Care Coordinator.  Pius worked to provided Boys Town New York family coaching and support for Tesharr and his mother to address concerns regarding his failing grades, as well as their relationship with each other. It was clear from the start of their meetings that mom was feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with Tesharr's negative behavior.

Over the course of the program, Pius worked with Tesharr, his mother and his teachers to implement additional structure, both in the home as well ​as at school.  They worked on giving and receiving feedback, such as Tesharr learning to accept the word "no," setting appropriate boundaries in order to build positive meaningful relationships with others, and how to communicate effectively in the home, at school and in the community.

With this positive influence, Tesharr's began to turn his grades around and his teachers saw a noticeable change in his attitude. Despite missing a considerable amount of school, Tesharr was able to make a turnaround. He passed five of seven classes, and was able to make up the two failing classes this past summer. 

Thanks to your support, more students like Tesharr are receiving the support they need but inside and outside the classroom to be successful.

hotline-wine-event-raises-over-45000Hotline Wine Event Raises Over $45,000Nebraska
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club recently held their 8th annual Fine Wine and Hors d'oeuvres tasting and silent auction to benefit Boys Town National Hotline on Thursday October 20, 2016. Held at A View on State, over $45,000 was raised through the generous donations of over 50 corporate sponsors including CenturyLink and through the generosity of  the more than 500 guests who participated in the event and silent auction.

Top auction items ranged from a University of Nebraska Husker Football Ticket package for four, to a three night stay in any Hyatt Hotel including airfare, concert tickets to Eric Church, a variety of signed sports memorabilia, family passes to a variety of different attractions and museums and many other gift cards to popular restaurants, baskets containing a variety of prizes and many more spectacular items.

Special volunteer, Aleah Peters, Miss Nebraska 2016, assisted with the event. Her platform on cyber bullying awareness aligns with the mission and goals of the services provided by the Boys Town National Hotline, including its Your Life, Your Voice website.

The amount raised will be used to help fund the cost of the texting and online chat services available through the Boys Town National Hotline. In addition, materials such as pencils, water bottles, posters and wallet cards containing the Hotline's contact information will be purchased and distributed to thousands of students within the Omaha community to provide those at risk with the necessary services to potentially save their lives.

"Thanks to our donors, we have been able to expand the hours of operation for our texting services," said Ginny Gohr, Director of the Boys Town National Hotline. "Since the inception of the service in 2014, the Hotline has handled over 500,000 messages."

The Boys Town National Hotline is a free service open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and is staffed with professionally trained Boys Town counselors. Counselors can be reached by telephone, email, chat or text message. In 2015 alone, the Hotline answered over 146,000 calls and over 37,000 emails, chats and texts. The majority of callers that reach out and use these services are struggling with mental health related issues, suicidal thoughts or relationship problems.

Thank you to all the generous donors and sponsors for making this year's Hotline Wine Fundraiser a success!​

jacobs-story-helping-parents-steer-teens-away-from-suicideJacob's Story | Helping Parents Steer Teens Away from SuicideNebraska
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​This story was posted on wowt.com on November 29, 2016.

Depressed, sad and lonely, Jacob handed his mother a letter in 8th grade telling her that he wanted to kill himself.

"I hated going to school, hated being at home, just hated everything," said Jacob. "I dealt with bullying a lot. Most of the time, the bullying was verbal. They'd just call me names or make up stories about me that weren't true just to make everyone laugh at me."

After several years of sending her son to counselors and psychiatrists, Jacob's mother found hope for Jacob at Boys Town. Almost immediately there was a no ticeable change in his demeanor. He was engaged and confident for the first time in years.

"If Jacob hadn't gone to Boys Town, I don't think he would have graduated high school," his mother said. "And if he hadn't gone to Boys Town, I don't think he would be going to college to be a teacher. All of that happened because of Boys Town, so I'm very thankful."​

boys-town-alumna-returnsBoys Town Alumna ReturnsNebraska
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​This article was posted on wowt.com on November 29, 2016.

A former student, whose life was saved by Boys Town, returned to help run the school and share the positive effects she felt.

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the many students that attended Boys Town High School. She was 15 when she enrolled but it wasn't just an education she received.

"Honestly that's not something I like to think about but I think if I hadn't come here I probably would have ended up killing myself" said Lawrence.

Lawrence says she was in a dark place when she arrived. Her home life was a mess. She felt lost and angry. After High School Lawrence spent 10 years in the Navy but she found herself wanting to return to Omaha and to Boys Town. Lawrence said Boys Town taught her some of the most important lessons of her life.

"Boys Town made the biggest difference they showed me how I could love myself and accept my flaws and move forward those things that happened in the past aren't, they don't have to be there forever," she said. "I feel like I'm back home here because this is my home." ​

boys-town-receives-15000-grant-from-first-national-bank-of-omahaBoys Town Receives $15,000 Grant from First National Bank of OmahaNebraska
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Boys Town Among 51 Organizations to be Awarded Community ​Development Grant

November 30, 2016

Boys Town has been awarded a $15,000 grant from First National Bank of Omaha, which also operates as First National Bank Fremont and First National Bank North Platte. The grant will be used to fund the Ways to Work Program that operates out of the North Omaha Boys Town office.

"We are so grateful for this grant from First National Bank of Omaha," said Virginia Ayers, Boys Town Ways to Work Program Coordinator. "A reliable automobile makes a huge difference in the lives of these families."

In total, First National Bank of Omaha has awarded more than $1.1 million in community development grants to 51 organizations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas. The grants, which support Affordable Housing, Educated Workforce and Economic Development programs, mark the bank's final disbursement of grant funding for the year. First National Bank awarded a total of $1,840,000 in community development grants in 2016 to organizations across its seven-state service area. 

The Boys Town Ways to Work program provides small, short-term, low-interest loans to low-income families on a yearly basis as well as financial education, one-on-one credit and financial coaching and case management throughout the life of the loan. The loans will finance the purchase of an automobile to be used primarily for transportation to work, school, and childcare facilities and will enable individuals with challenging credit histories to remain in or move forward in their jobs and become banked by traditional financial institutions.

To view First National Bank's 2015 "First in the Community Impact Report" and learn more about the full extent of its community contributions, please visit: https://www.firstnational.com/site/about-us/in-the-community/index.fhtml

About Boys Town

For 100 years, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America's children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs. In 2015, almost 500,000 children and families across the United States were impacted by Boys Town programs. This includes those who received services from Boys Town's residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline. You can find more information about Boys Town online at www.Boystown.org.

About First National Bank of Omaha

First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary ​of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned ​banking company in the United States.  First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have ​​​​more tha​n ​$21 ​billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, ​Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

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new-era-of-behavioral-health-research-at-boys-town-national-research-hospitalNew Era of Behavioral Health Research at Boys Town National Research HospitalNebraska
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​This article was posted on wowt.com​ on November 22, 2016.

As Boys Town prepares to celebrate 100 years of service to children and our community, state of the art technology will help researchers better understand troubled young people.

A new era of childhood behavioral health is underway at Boys Town National Research Hospital. This impressive machine is part of the effort. Using magnetic resonance imaging a research team led by Dr. James Blair is looking for unusual activity in the brains of troubled children.

"Understanding what brain systems are necessary for performing particular functions and if those brain systems aren't working so well what types of behavioral problems we might see in the child and therefore understand some of the reasons for those behavioral problems and then potentially augment interventions to help those children better in the future," said James Blair Ph.D.

Subjects play video games while the machine tracks activity in the brain.

"These computer games are organized around making specific brain circuits work and so we can then see those brain circuits on the machine behind us and see the extent to which those systems are working well," Blair explained.

He's excited about what the team is seeing so far and what their work will do.

"Change the way that America cares for kids change the way that we adapt the interventions we have based around this increased knowledge of the strengths and difficulties that children have at the level of the brain," Blair said.

Blair doesn't expect this work will benefit every child who comes to Boys Town National Research Hospital but he thinks it will help some and that's an important step.

"About 20 percent of children who come to Boys Town who don't do as well as we would like to believe they ​should really help that 20 percent do even better in the future," he said.

Blair expects to see some of this research start to impact treatment as early as next year. ​

food-football-and-fun-boys-town-teacher-tony-jones-hosts-regular-tailgates-for-hundredsFood, Football and Fun: Boys Town Teacher Tony Jones Hosts Regular Tailgates for Hundreds Nebraska
Joey Butler, left, and Tony Jones grill burgers to serve to students and fans before the game. MEGAN FARMER/THE WORLD-HERALD
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

​​This article is written by Jon Nyatawa, World-Herald staff writer. It was posted on Omaha.com on November 25, 2016.

Tony Jones stood behind the grill and peered out at a green space that would soon be full of familiar faces bustling about as they filled their plates before a Boys Town playoff football game.

There were bins packed with burgers and brats. A table loaded with cookies. A tub of ice-chilled bottles of water. And plenty of Boys Town staffers ready to serve and direct traffic.

"Um-hum. All right," Jones said as he nodded his head on a gorgeous late-October Friday. "We're ahead of the game." He checked over the scene once more. "Yeah, we're ahead of the game."

Jones has confidently claimed this before. Almost every week, actually. His buddy and right-hand man, Joey Butler, confirms this.

But the moment they start relaxing, then suddenly the line is backing up and the picnic tables are filling up. Somewhere between 200 and 300 people tend to show up — Boys Town students, teachers and their families, graduates, friends, police officers, opposing fans, and essentially anyone else whose nose could recognize that classic barbecue aroma.

But Jones won't ever complain. This tailgate idea was something he and some colleagues came up with a couple of decades ago.

They're Boys Town Family-Teachers — living on-site with their own families while they provide a stable home environment for six to eight students per family. They're always looking for ways to create new experiences for the kids, who may not have been consistently exposed to a community setting before stepping foot on the Boys Town campus.

What's better than food, football and fun?

"It gives us the opportunity to meet and greet, an opportunity to get together, meet new people and have a good time," Jones said.

This has been the routine for every Boys Town home game Butler can remember for 20 years. Rain or shine. Pleasant or frigid.

Jones and Butler started setting up the grill around 2 p.m. on this particular afternoon, a little bit earlier than usual. They were mostly done cooking by the time folks started arriving three hours later. Even then, they were always on the ready, quick to offer a bottle of water to a thirsty kid while they closely monitored their stash of meat.

Meanwhile, the place was coming alive.

Music emanating from the football field's PA system echoed off the nearby buildings. The hip-hop beat at one point inspired a couple of girls to start a quick dance-off. A half-dozen footballs were punted and tossed about. A couple of kids dribbled a soccer ball through traffic. The basketball court hosted a shooting contest, a dribbling battle, a two-on-two bout, and then a four-on-four game. Some families sat picnic-style underneath trees. Others simply crowded onto a picnic table and started sharing stories.

"We've got kids and families from all walks of life here," said Jeff Peterson, Boys Town home campus director. "It's a tremendous organization to work for. We try to make events out of everything. We believe that's part of the healing (nature) of this place."

They've grilled out for a couple of volleyball games this fall. Dinner on Thanksgiving Day will be a momentous gathering in all of the Boys Town households. Christmas is just as big.

Jones is glad this tailgate is part of that.

He remembers it starting as a backyard party, right next to the football field. About six Weber grills were lined up side by side, with kids and parents bringing their own items to be cooked. But it's grown every year since.

And on Oct. 28, a picture-perfect evening before a Class C-1 playoff game between Boys Town and Fairbury, Jones was having a blast. He was stationed behind his grill, cherishing every moment.

"That's why I'm standing here, right by the grill, because you can see everything," he said. "And I ​like to see all the smiles on the kids' faces. This is fun."​

boys-town-louisiana-early-head-start-forms-new-partnership-for-nutrition-educationBoys Town Louisiana Early Head Start Forms New Partnership for Nutrition EducationLouisiana
Monday, Dec 5, 2016

Boys Town Louisiana's Early Head Start Program recently began a partnership with Louisiana State University (LSU) Agriculture Center Research and Extension for an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) for parents of Boys Town youth.

Launching for Boys Town families in September 2016, EFNEP is a federally-funded program administered by the LSU Ag Center which offers free nutrition education to economically disadvantaged families and youth in the New Orleans community.

Nutrition Educators will present information to parents on topics such as nutrition and wellness, food safety and food resource management. The lessons have been developed by state specialists and provide the most relevant, evidence-based information. Presentations will take place at Boys Town's three Early Head Start locations – Wilcox Academy; Kids of Excellence; and SEA TOO.

"A guiding principle of the Early Head Start Program is to ensure that young children can grow, develop, and learn through the implementation of comprehensive services (health, safety, nutrition, education, and mental). To achieve positive outcomes it is detrimental to partner with community stakeholders and collaborate with parents," explained Renaca Hick-Haskins, Director, Boys Town Early Head Start Program. "Through our nutritional partnership with LSU Agriculture Center, during monthly sessions parents will learn how to shop for healthy food on a budget and how to make educated and intentional choices when it comes to nutrition."

While there have only been a couple of sessions, parents are already starting to make changes. "The parents are receiving advice from other parents and creating a peer network during these sessions," added Hicks-Haskins. "One mother stated that she bought a bike and is now walking to the sessions rather than driving. A father volunteered to lead a healthy ​living session once a week to discuss challenges, solutions, and walk with other parents."

The program will consist of 11 sessions over a 12-month period and focuses on identifying and solidifying the importance of nutrition.​

art-for-a-purpose-sees-successful-second-year-raising-28000Art for a Purpose Sees Successful Second Year Raising $28,000Texas
Monday, Dec 5, 2016

Boys Town Texas held their second Art for a Purpose event on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Ken Batchelor, an upscale Cadillac dealership showroom. This event was not only a fundraiser but it also kicked off the 100th year anniversary of Boys Town.

Over 300 board member and development committee members, prospective board members, community leaders, executives from major corporations in San Antonio, artists and their friends and families and Boys Town Texas employees attended the free event underwritten by Ken Batchelor and Frost Bank. After all the raffle prizes were won and all the art was bid on, Art for a Purpose brought in over $28,000 and a bunch of new Boys Town supporters.

Guests were able to enjoy beautiful art, participate in the auction, purchase 50 boxes of Kendra Scott Jewelry, bottles of wine, beautiful notecards, raffle tickets and blinky rings. Attendees were even able to get their caricature pictures drawn and their photo taken thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of Sharbeck and Experian. Happy hour drinks were sponsored by Gambrinus, HEB, Silver Eagle, Glazers and Republic Beverages and the appetizers were sponsored by Frost Bank.

Throughout the event, guests were entertained by the DJ skills of Romeo Cruz, Boys Town Texas Supervisor of Common Sense Parenting, and by the musical and vocal talent of Alexa Padalecki, Boys Town Texas Donor Relations Specialist, and her brother, Tyler Padalecki. KENS-5 Sportscaster Vinnie Vinzetta was also in attendance to emcee the event. Special speakers included In-Home Family Services grandparent Mercedes Bristol and Amber Gifford, a former Boys Town Texas youth shared her recent success as a college student after living at Boys Town for more than six years and Mercedes Bristol a grandmother of five that had received services through the In-Home Family Services Program.

Art for a Purpose began in 2014 when a retired Anesthesiologist, Dr. Kurn, reached out to Boys Town Texas to see if they would have any use for art work in their campus homes. Upon seeing the beautiful art work, a board member suggested that Joyce Horner, Boys Town Texas Director of Development set up an auction to raise funds for Boys Town Texas's services. Dr. Kurn was flattered to have his work sold and even helped Boys Town Texas build the partnership with Ken Batchelor Cadillac to host the event.

While the main purpose of Art for a Purpose is to raise money to support Boys Town Texas programs and services, the event is also used as an opportunity to build relations among executives from major companies. A few important companies in attendance this year included: Frost Bank, Tesoro, USAA, Valero, CPS Energy, Gold's Gym, Bolner Fiesta Company, Casa Rio and many others.

Congratulations to Boys Town Texas on an incredible event and thank you to all the generous donors who made Art for a Purpose a success!

boys-town-californias-family-night-sees-positive-impactBoys Town California's Family Night Sees Positive ImpactCalifornia
Monday, Dec 5, 2016

Family bonding and spending time together is ​essential to building strong, healthy relationships between parents and their children. Recognizing the need for families to set aside at least one night to spend time together, Boys Town California recently partnered with OCHealth to hold a monthly family night.

While most families have the time to spend together, they may struggle with finding activities to do all together. This is where California's Family Night comes in. Boys Town California offers a fun- filled night free of charge to families from all levels of the continuum of care and is even open for anyone in the community to attend.

Snacks and games are available to attendees and prizes or gifts can be won through an assortment of different games. Numerous tables are set up to host both individual activities and group activities. Coloring sheets and crayons are available for individuals, and games such as Jenga, UNO and Chutes and Ladders are brought out to encourage whole families to play together. Even larger games such as bingo or balloon tennis are available to bring multiple families together to work together as a team and play for prizes.

For the month of October, Boys Town California held their monthly family night on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Courtyard by Marriot at the Santa Ana/Orange Country location. This evening was "Superheroes vs Villains" themed and families were encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain or hero. Families came dressed in costumes and actual superheroes and villains were in attendance to meet the guests. Families went through the process of creating a name for their character, coloring masks and then playing games with the other heroes and villains.

"The main purpose of Family Night is to bring families together and provide them with a structured environment to build positive memories and relationships between children and parents," Angela Myers Boys Town California Volunteer Coordinator said. "But Family Night also creates an environment for the volunteers to meet and interact with the families they are mentoring through Boys Town's Family Matching Program. This overall keeps families connected with Boys Town."

Family Matching focuses on creating helpful peer-to-peer relationships between families with a member struggling with mental or behavioral health issues and trained Volunteer Family Mentors who have had similar experiences.

Each month, Boys Town California welcomes around 20-30 families and about 30-15 children to their Family Night and sees firsthand the impact that family bonding has on their clients and on the community.​

council-bluffs-office-moving-locationsCouncil Bluffs Office Moving LocationsIowa
Monday, Dec 5, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Boys Town Iowa staff in Council Bluffs will be moving to a new office on December 19th!

We will move our Council Bluffs operations to a new ​​​location at 1702 West Broadway, ​Suite 17, ​​​Council Bluffs, IA 51501.  Phone ​​​numbers will change on that date also. 

Main Number712-302-7900
Debbie Orduna712-302-7901
Jessica Bothwell712-302-7902
Gina Bullard712-302-7903
Debbie Carnes712-302-7904
Jane Drake712-302-7905
Lacy Dube712-302-7906
Sonya Fittje712-302-7907
Pat Garcia712-302-7908
Chris Jackson712-302-7909
Carli Wiese712-302-7911
Carrie Ausdemore712-302-7912
Fax712-302-7913
CSP712-302-7999

Thank you for your patience if we are slow to get back to you on the 19th.  ​

state-farm-cheers-on-cowboys-donates-to-drivers-ed-programState Farm Cheers on Cowboys; Donates to Driver's Ed ProgramNebraska
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016

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.​

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