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$2K OTCF Grant helps with playground equipment for Northfield Elementary | KRVN Radio

$2K OTCF Grant helps with playground equipment for Northfield Elementary

$2K OTCF Grant helps with playground equipment for Northfield Elementary
Photo courtesy Oregon Trail Community Foundation

Northfield Elementary School Booster Club President Mike Moravec is pleased to announce that the Booster Club’s most recent project is now complete. A new, multi-colored, large piece of playground equipment has been installed, and is drawing the attention of students, parents and school officials and the entire community.

Moravec said a major feature of this new equipment is the handicapped-accessibility, making it available for even more students. “The equipment was a huge investment in our school system, costing over $40,000. We have so many people and organizations to thank for their generosity and support for this project.”

Moravec added, “Northfield Elementary hosts an annual chocolate fundraiser, which always proves to be popular and the community loves to support the event. We also were fortunate to have had additional funds contributed to the project, thanks to the generosity of the Gering Public School’s Special Education Program, and Northfield Elementary School Equipment Funds.”

Other major donors included the Oregon Trail Community Foundation, and the Gering Public Schools. Travis Hiner, president of the Oregon Trail Community Foundation said, “It’s important to us as a charitable organization, to lend support wherever needed, and we fully support education, and our schools, and the benefits they provide our kids now, and in the future.”

Moravec praised everyone involved in the project saying, “The completion of this project is just another example of the great parents who also serve as volunteers here at Northfield Elementary School. We appreciate everyone involved in the project, and the funding of it as well. We are excited to have added such a massive and fun piece of playground equipment to our school and hope that the students of Northfield and kids in the surrounding neighborhood enjoy it for years to come.”

Moravec added, “We are so grateful for the hours that several volunteers worked to make this new playground equipment a reality. This project would not have happened without so many people. Zac Karpf was especially instrumental in the entire process of the remodel both last summer and this past summer. We also have several other volunteers who participated in the project throughout the summer, including Camy Anderson, Dave Anderson, Eric Anderson, Stanna Funk, Lisa Moravec, Troy Svoboda, Laynette Van Anne, John Wiedeman, and countless members of the Gering Football Team. Lastly, we recognize all the businesses that donated in- kind or gave a monetary donation. This really was a monumental task and seemed easy with the involvement of so many others. We are truly humbled with the generosity in our community.”

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation offers grants through funds provided by memberships, donations, bequests, trusts and more. For more information about applying for a grant from OTCF, visit, or call 308-635-3393.

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