The Creighton one act team was the C2-4 District runner up and earned six outstanding actor awards at West Holt on Wednesday afternoon.
Under the direction of Deb Van Metre and Curtis Stevens, the cast performed "Unsound Effects" to finish in second place in the competitive district. Loup City was named the district champion and will advance to state next week.
Earning outstanding actor awards were earned by Alaina Farnik, Dylan Kuhlman, Sloane Fuchtman, Trey Vogt, Anna Tyler and RJ Wilmes.
A playoff game didn’t damper trick or treating in Creighton thanks to a candy train at halftime of the Bulldogs game against Wisner-Pilger on Halloween night.
Creighton Public Library will host folded book art Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. The class will be by Jennifer Doerr. Bring a 9" hardback with 90 plus pages or use a weeded library book. Also need a ruler with centimeters.
Creighton Public Library will have local author Stacy Kreycik Miller there for a book reading/signing for her new book "Suzie Saves the Day." It will be Monday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Creighton Public Library will be hosting their annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 am. From the library everyone will walk to local businesses for trick or treating.
For questions contact Lisa at 402-358-5115
The Creighton band marched to a 2nd place finish at the Norfolk Lions Club Parade on Saturday.
Creighton finished runner up to Norfolk Catholic in the Class C marching band competition of the parade. Other Knox County schools participating were Bloomfield and Wausa, both of which competed in Class D.
Derek Wortman, JD Kuhlman, Bryce Zimmerer and Cameron Tyler, Kirsten Adams, Brienne Fanta, Ashtyn Fritz and Clarisa Becker are this year's homecoming candidates for Creighton.
Creighton joins a long list of Nebraska towns finding an interest in the TeamMates Mentor program.
In 1991, Nebraska Head Football Coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy started the TeamMates Mentoring program. Coach Osborne felt that the athletes in his program could make an impact on the middle school students.
That year, their program proved successful with all of the 22 mentees graduating high school or pursuing careers and 18 going off to higher education.
According to their website the TeamMates Mentoring Program was formalized as a statewide program in 1998 with 12 chapters and 441 mentor/mentee matches.
In those 20 years, TeamMates has steadily grown to include over 150 chapters and currently serves more than 8,400 youth through partnerships with local school districts.
TeamMates has changed a little from its roots. Kids are now partnered with an adult from their community, as there are not enough Husker Football players to go around statewide and beyond.
Bloomfield and Wausa have been participating in this program and Creighton is new to joining TeamMates.
Chris Baldwin works as the guidance counselor at Creighton school, and she said Principal Ryon Nilson and herself had been talking about the program for the last few years.
This year they finally pulled the trigger and began putting everything together. To make the mentor program work, a lot of planning is involved.
There are coordinators, board members and of course many volunteers needed.
“We have a great board,” Baldwin said. There are nine total board members who oversee the financial aspects, set goals and plan fundraisers.
Baldwin and Nilson are coordinators and match mentees to mentors based on interests and common ground.
The TeamMates mentoring goal is described on their website as providing mentoring for students in order to improve their hope and engagement, thus positively impacting their overall wellbeing and academic success.
Instilling hope in the mentees makes them hopeful for their future and gives them a positive mindset. Mentors also try to influence the mentees engagement by instilling enthusiasm for school.
“Every kid can benefit from having another good influence in their life,” Baldwin said.
She also pointed out how the adult mentors can gain from the experience. Mentors can benefit from knowing they helped a student and hopefully inspiring the children to give back to the community once they are older.
“It helps bridge the gap between community and school,” Baldwin said.
According to Baldwin, students become mentees one of three ways – self nomination, parent nomination or teacher nomination. The student has to agree to be mentored before they can become a mentee.
Parents of mentees also have a 20-minute training so they can understand what their child will be doing in the program.
“The pair can do whatever they want, they can play games, play cards, go for a walk,” Baldwin explains. The pairs usually stay on school grounds but are not limited to stay there. Paperwork can be done by the board to allow the mentee and mentor to go off campus.
Currently, Creighton has 40 volunteers to be mentors, 30 of which have completed their training. The board has put together a goal of 45 volunteers, so they are still in need of some mentors.
The board threw a TeamMate Tailgate to promote interest in the program. However, Baldwin is convinced that word of mouth has been the biggest contributor toward the amount of volunteers.
“I am overwhelmed by the support the community has shown,” Baldwin said.
She had expected a much lower goal and was initially intimidated by the steep goal of 45.
She also noted how many people are still interested and continue to apply to be mentors.
Creighton is targeting their students between grades 4 and 10 to be mentees. Parents can nominate their children to be mentees. Interested parents can reach out to coordinators Chris Baldwin or Principal Ryon Nilson. Also, be sure to contact them if interested in mentoring.
In the case of a mass casualty disaster, an array of rescue teams – EMTs, fire and rescue, police, dispatch and more – are a call away.
So, what happens during a mass casualty event, such as a multiple car pileup or a school bus accident in Knox County? And, how do these crews come together during these crises?