Since 2010, the North Platte Public Schools Foundation has awarded scholarships for continued education to NPPS employees.

The awards are made possible through the North Platte Public Schools employee giving program, called the Class Act, which is administered by the North Platte Public Schools Foundation.

The foundation has increased the amount of their scholarships by 20% due to an increase in donations from school employees, Foundation Executive Director Jodi Howard said Monday.

Howard and the foundation announced three scholarship awards to educators for their continued education. They are:

DaNesa Fleck, a Kindergarten Teacher at Washington Elementary.

Fleck is working on a masters degree from Arkansas State University in Educational Leadership and hopes to become a school administrator some day.

Marlo Roberts is a first year school counselor at North Platte High. She will be obtaining a school counseling endorsement from Chadron State University.

Amanda Curtis is a para-professional at Lincoln Elementary. She is earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Chadron and hopes to have her own classroom someday, Howard said.

The NPPS Foundation acknowledges that a better educated staff equates to a better education for students.

The NPPS Foundation is committed to promoting development and assisting NPPS in pursuing higher education and has awarded more than $18,000 in staff scholarships since its inception.

“We are pleased to have been able to make this opportunity possible for our dedicated staff,” Howard said.