NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- St. Pats kicked off Catholic Schools Week with an all school assembly. It began with a prayer and welcome by superintendent Kevin Dodson and a proclamation by Mayor Livingston. Nebraskaland National Bank donated 50,000 to McDaid and St. Pats and gave them the check in front of the elementary school at their assembly.
These funds are going towards improvements at the high school, replace aging plumbing, renovating the restrooms and locker rooms, and upgrading kitchen and cafeteria facilities. They are focusing on growth in endowment for the future to ensure they can serve students and families for years to come.
Wendy Dodson, the Director of North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment said they look forward to improving their schools with these funds.
"We're always grateful for the tremendous support of the North Platte community. Nebraskaland Bank has always been a great supporter of our school system if we have needs be they large or small they always step up and they do so in a very generous way," said Dodson.
This donation is going toward their "Now Is The Time" capital campaign which began in December.
Their key note speaker and 2008 Alum Alex Wood came to show kids what he got out of his time at the Catholic schools and what he does for a living now. He says he believes the kids need to take advantage of the resources they have at the schools.
"I really do not believe that I'd be where I am today without the resources and the experiences that I had at St. Pats. I think it's important to give back and come back to be able to tell them my story and to show them that based on what you've learned here and the experience you have here you can really do whatever you want in your life," said Wood.
Various events will take place throughout the week. Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated Sunday, January 26th through Saturday, February 1st.