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Sandhills Beef in School update!

We would like to recognize and thank our latest donors to our beef in school program: CC Angus of Dunning donated a beef and the Loup to Loup Road Race group of Halsey/Purdum donated money toward processing fees. Thank you for your donations and support! You are much appreciated!

The program is off and running well. To date, we have had 5 beef donations and 3 processing fees donations. If you are interested in donating a beef or dollars toward the program, please contact Supt. Dale Hafer at 308-538-2224 for assistance.

"Sandhills Beef in School - Keepin It Local & Keepin it Great"


Sandhills Public Schools would like to thank the Martindale Ranch of Brewster for donating a beef to the school's "Beef in School" program. Anyone interested inmaking beef donations or donating funds for processing fees should contact Supt. Hafer to be put on the list. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! "Sandhills Beef in Schools....Keeping it Local and Keeping it Great!"

Sandhills Public Schools celebrated the start of their “beef in school” program on April 6th by serving the first “beef” lunch made with donated, locally raised Sandhills beef. Joining the students and staff for lunch were distinguished guests representing local donors, businesses, Nebraska Cattleman, and the Sandhills board of education. The following guests honored the program by their presence: Program Donors Rachel Cox (Western Nebraska Bank of Purdum), Mike Moody (Harsh Mercantile of Purdum) as well as Blake Thompson and Christi Hafer (Thompson Land and Cattle of Dunning); Nebraska Cattleman Representatives Brenda Masek and Frank Utter; Community business representative Dave Masek (Masek Construction of Halsey/Purdum); and Sandhills Board of Education members Kevin Anderson and Tyson Cox.

District personnel have been organizing and making preparations to launch the program for quite some time. According to Superintendent Dale Hafer, “We appreciated the information provided to us by our local Nebraska Cattleman representatives that complimented our existing efforts already in place by our food service staff who have wanted to do this for some time. Our people have put a lot of time into this program making sure it falls within the state guidelines for the school lunch program. It is quite an undertaking to organize and coordinate but is well worth it. I appreciate all of our staff who have stepped up beyond their duties to make this a reality. Our motto has become “Sandhills Beef...Keeping it Local and Keeping it Great!”

The Sandhills district could not have started the program without the generous support of key “start-up”donors. Harsh Mercantile of Purdum donated $1500 and Western Nebraska Bank of Purdum donated $1000 toward processing costs when the district receives beef donations from local Ranchers. Thompson Land and Cattle of Dunning Donated the first beef to be processed. The Sandhills Board of Education wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude toward these donors and those who have pledged future donations. “We really appreciate these local businesses and producers for their role in making this program a success. This is a great example of how supportive our communities are toward our schools.” Said Sandhills Board President, Kevin Anderson.

 Sandhills district patrons interested in making beef or cash donations toward the program are encouraged to contact the district.

L-R:  Rachel Cox, Tyson Cox, Cheryl Moody, Blake Thompson, Kevin Anderson, Brenda Masek, Frank Utter.
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