When Dan Boone of Boone’s Maytag Home Appliance Center, 3014 10th Street, heard about a need in Barton Community College’s Early Childhood Care Giver and Educator Program, he knew he had just what the program needed and a way to deliver it.
Part of the training the Early Childhood Program gives its students is how to provide good, nutritional meals and snacks to the children they will someday be nurturing. The classroom still houses its original, 40-year-old appliances, but most of them are no longer functional. With a class of 72 students this fall, the program needs appliances in good working condition.
Working with the Barton Community College Foundation, Boone agreed to provide a refrigerator, double wall oven, two 33-inch cook stoves and a microwave, all at cost. In addition, he plans to deliver and install these items in Barton’s Early Childhood classroom at no charge as soon as the college’s physical plant has finished building new Formica countertops for the area.
"We’re providing the discount and free service to the college because it’s a great college and we want to help them out as best we can," Boone said.
The Foundation Board of Directors accepted a proposal from Early Childhood instructor Cheryl Couch for the remaining funds needed to purchase the appliances. The project of equipping the classroom with countertops and appliances should be completed in October.
Julie Kramp, Barton’s executive director of Workforce Training and Economic Development, expressed the department’s gratitude for Boone’s generosity. "We wouldn’t have been able to purchase any of these items, had Dan not donated to us," she said. "Our current appliances have grown so old that not all of them work and the ones that do are unsafe. Our Early Childhood Program would be going without, if not for Dan."
The appliances have already been ordered and are now at Boone’s waiting for delivery. Boone’s Appliance Center, owned by Dan and Linda Boone, has been in business in Great Bend for 21 years.
The store is a full-line Maytag dealer, meaning it sells Jenn-Air, Amana, Magic Chef and Maytag. In addition, Boone’s sells Toshiba and Mitsubishi plasma and LCD televisions. The company provides parts and services for all of the appliances it sells.