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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Bass Pro Continues Cabela's Community Support


Forrest Hershberger

Bass Pro recently donated $91,128 to Sidney High School. "Cabela's has historically invested in the community," said Ralph Castner. "We want to continue doing things like that." The funds will be used to support the Career Pathways program and the One to One Chromebook Initiave. Pictured from left are Matt McKay (Sidney Public Schools Technology Coordinator), Tess Plummer (Sidney High School Career Pathways Advisor), Bass Pro Human Resources Director Sarah Kaiser and Bass Pro CFO Ralph Castner. The donation will go to support the high school's Career Pathways program and the District's 1:1 Chromebook program.

The Sidney School District Career Pathways and technology programs are being supported by a donation from Bass Pro and Cabela's.

Bass Pro Chief Financial Officer Ralf Castner and Bass Pro Human Resources Director Sarah kaiser were in Sidney Thursday to present a $91,128 check to the District. The funds will be used to support the 1-to-1 Chromebooks.

The 1-to-1 Chromebook program will provide students with tablet computers resulting in flexibility in the classroom and in how school work can be completed. In the March school board meeting, McKay said the computers will allow teachers to download lessons to all of the students' computers for efficiency and cost-saving to the District. Additionally, students can complete most assignments on the tablets most anywhere and submit them at the any available wifi signal or at the next school the next day. Teachers who use Chromebooks in the classroom will also be able to monitor all of the computers simultaneously.

Each computer will also include filtering software monitoring against inappropriate sites or verbiage. Students will not receive the Chromebook until they sign a condition of use agreement.

"I think we're ready for the next step, to move students to the 21st century," he said in the March meeting.

Parents will also have the opportunity to purchase non-refundable insurance on the devices for $20.

McKay also envisions adding charging stations in the school for tablets and cell phones.

The donation from Bass Pro and Cabela's also supports the Career Pathways program. The Career Pathways program is designed to provide real life skills and work experience for Sidney High School students who have an interest in specific areas of study. The areas of study are based on the six Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice.

The program benefits businesses and students. Businesses can showcase their work environment, encourage future workers and inform students about career opportunities in the field. Students have the opportunity to experience the daily routine of various work environments. They can also learn about the academic, technical and personal skills required by specific occupations. Students will also learn the connection between school, work and their goals of the future.


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