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USD 428 Education Foundation celebrates 30 years of philanthropy
mini grant human heart 2019
Using a life-size model of the human heart, students in Ken Botzung’s science class at Great Bend High School trace blood flow and perform practical examinations. Botzung was one of 19 teachers to receive a mini-grant from the USD 428 Education Foundation in the Spring of 2019. The Foundation is accepting reservations for its annual fundraising event, a dinner and auction set for Nov. 14.

This year, the Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation is proudly observing its 30th anniversary of philanthropy in Great Bend. Since its inception in 1989, the organization has raised and donated more than $370,000 to enhance education in the district.

The community is invited to attend the organization’s primary fundraiser, the Annual USD 428 Education Foundation Dinner and Auction. Scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at the Great Bend Events Center, the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour and will include entertainment provided by members Great Bend High School Orchestra. The “walking buffet” dinner allows guests to mingle while enjoying savory and sweet items from Great Bend restaurants and caterers. The evening will include both a silent and live auction comprised of items handcrafted by GBHS students, as well as unique experiences created for Panther enthusiasts of all ages. 

New this year, patrons and event attendees can buy their tickets online using a convenient form and credit card payment. Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling Andrea Bauer, USD 428 public information director, at 620-793-1500. Tickets are $50 per person and corporate sponsorships are also available. 

The USD 428 Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization and exists to support innovative instruction in USD 428. The foundation provides an ideal opportunity for alumni, parents, community, businesses and other supporters of our schools to make great things happen in education, Bauer said. 

The USD 428 Education Foundation is supported primarily through funds raised at the annual dinner and auction held each fall, as well as through memorials and private donations. The foundation receives tax-deductible contributions.

Programs funded by the USD 428 Education Foundation today provide a positive impact on the leaders of tomorrow, Bauer said. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, contact the USD 428 District Education Center, 620-793-1500.

mini grant winner Botzung 2019
Accepting a mini-grant from the USD 428 Education Foundation last spring, Ken Botzung, a science teacher at Great Bend High School, is joined by USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton, GBHS Principal Tim Friess and USD 428 Education Foundation Trustee Paul Snapp.