The North Platte Public Schools Kids Club kept busy serving pancakes and sausage Friday morning to honor veterans.
The breakfast was held from 9-11 a.m. at the D & N Event Center. By 10 a.m., Grillmaster Rex Cross of the Kiwanis Club had put a lot of pancake batter on the grill.
Considering all the batter he’d poured, he estimated that 150 people had been served.
Kid’s Klub Director Carrie Lienemann said it was the club’s first pancake feed.
“We were a little nervous and didn’t know how it would turn out or how many would come. It is starting out pretty well,” she said.
The aim is to help children be involved in the community.
“It gets them civic minded now, and then when they grow up, they give back to us,” Lienemann said.
Fourth grade students Rebecca Keneipt and Makenna Blanton said they are also learning about Veteran’s Day at school.
“I have a lot of veterans in my family. It is a good thing to honor them,” Keneipt said.
North Platte veteran Charles Compton spent 20 years in both the Navy and Army, and enjoyed the breakfast.
“I love it,” he said. “It is really good to give the kids an idea about veterans and their service to our country.”
Cumpston said serving in the U.S. armed forces is a fantastic job.
“I tell kids, it can be whatever you want to make of it,” he said.
First grader Alexis Nelson said her class came to help celebrate people who served our country. She said everyone at the meal should thank a veteran.
North Platte High School Key Club member Peyton Negley volunteered to help serve.
“I love it,” she said. “It is an awesome opportunity for us to thank them for everything they have done for us. I am really enjoying this.”
North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston, an Air Force veteran, appreciates Kids Klub. “This is awesome,” Livingston said. “They do such great work and it is nice to visit with the kids here today.”
Livingston served from 1968-72 in Vietnam and at NORAD in Colorado.
Club members will visit the Lincoln County Historical Museum this afternoon and take in the North Platte Canteen display.
The food was provided by a grant received from Wal-Mart.