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Nebraskaland National Bank
NebraskaLand National Bank was honored Friday with a 2014 First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award for Business Support for Education.
The recognition is awarded each year to a business that has encouraged employee volunteerism and active participation in a school or school district.
Representatives from both North Platte Public Schools and North Platte Catholic Schools nominated the bank for this award. Nebraska’s First Lady Sally Ganem honored Nebraskaland National Bank at an awards luncheon on Friday, April 11 in Omaha.
Ganem serves as honorary chair of ServeNebraska, and is a champion of volunteering and service. As a former elementary school principal, she has a particular affection for students, educators and service-learning projects. Given her lifelong interest and passion for education, the First Lady’s outstanding community service awards have been designed to reflect her commitment to learning.
The Outstanding Community Service Awards have been awarded each year since 2001.
There are 11 awards in total, with two categories -- education and outstanding volunteerism. Awards are presented to individuals, groups, businesses, service organizations, faith-based organizations, youth and national service members.
ServeNebraska Week is April 20-26. Gov. Heineman and Ganem will again serve as Champions of ServeNebraska Week.
“I encourage all Nebraskans to get involved in their communities as a volunteer. Nebraskans give of their time every single day and this special week is set aside to focus their energy in service,” said Heineman. “Sally and I look forward to volunteering that week alongside many others in our state.”
“Volunteerism in our state is one thing that sets Nebraska apart,” Ganem said. “Nebraskans are quick to step up to help others. Dave and I are honored to be a part of this week of service and encourage everyone in the state to lend a hand.”
Nebraska ranks 5th in volunteerism among the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The first couple will volunteer at McPhee Elementary in Lincoln on Thursday, April 24.