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Our members really know how to make our new teachers feel welcome! On Thursday, August 4th, volunteers gathered in the Chamber boardroom to assemble bags for 70 new teachers at Central Community College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney Public Schools, Faith Christian School, Zion Lutheran School, and Kearney Catholic School. Each bag contained items from over 45 different businesses around Kearney ranging from pens, notepads, and water bottles to lunch boxes, gift cards, and wine glasses! Every donated bag had over $500 in value.

On behalf of the Chamber and the Business & Education Committee, we want to give special thanks to all those who contributed the many donations:

CHI Health Good Samaritan, The Archway, Central Community College, Trius Federal Credit Union, First National Bank of Omaha, KSO CPAs + Advisors, McDonalds, Susan Tonniges, CPA, Viaero Wireless, Kearney CrossFit & BELITE Nutrition, Bruning Bank, eFree Church, Kearney Area Children's Museum, Petersen Chiropractic, BD Construction, Pinnacle Bank, S.A.F.E Center, NebraskaLand Bank, Bryant Elementary, Shirt Shack, University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union, Crane River Theater, Solid Rock, Kearney Visitor's Bureau, Kearney Area Community Foundation, Ktown Cakery, Heartland Bank, NPPD, Kearney Cultural Partners, Great Plains Communications, Kearney Eye Institute, GrowNE, Two Rivers Public Health Department, Yellow Van Cleaning Service, Levander's Body Shop, First Interstate Bank, Buffalo County Community Partners, Bow & Arrow Boutique, Kearney Regional Medical Center, Mirror Image Car Wash, Prairie Meadows Dental, P.C., Vocational Rehabilitation, Associated Staffing of Kearney, and US Bank.

We also want to thank our special volunteers to the amazing volunteers Deb Wilken, Mark Treadway, Mark Liljehorn, Michelle Ryan, Cheryl Montgomery, Ava Florell, Maci Miller, Ellie Pierce, and Andi Hartman. You all helped make our teacher bags a huge success!

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