Owensboro Public Schools central office staff, in addition to the maintenance and transportation departments, raised almost $2,000 for the Goodfellows Club this this year.

District staff challenged themselves to a friendly competition earlier this month to see who could raise the most money, said OPS spokesman Dave Kirk. The central office was divided into two separate departments — one for instruction and technology and the other between the superintendent’s office, business, personnel, food service and pupil support. That way, he said, there were about an equal number of individuals and pay scales among each “department” in the competition. 

Different departments raise money in their own ways. The central office, for example hosted a soup day competition and multiple snack days where employees could vote on the best dishes by putting money in corresponding jars, he said.

This was the first year OPS organized a fundraising competition. In years past, Kirk said, different departments have hosted their own opportunities to give. Joining forces in the spirit of friendly competition, he said, significantly impacted office involvement and giving power. The transportation department won this year’s competition using a formula that takes percentage of salary donated into account.

“That means a lot,” Kirk said. “Our bus drivers and transportation staff are the people who work in the trenches every day picking children up and making sure they get where they need to go safely. It’s great to see them give back in such a meaningful way.”

Of course, the Goodfellows contribution to OPS and all local schools in Daviess County is well-known. Transportation Director Brad Stanley said, despite the competition, it’s local children who will benefit.

“It’s exciting to win, but the real prize is (that) this money will help our students,” he said. “I see how much love our bus drivers have for our students every day. Whether it’s greeting our riders with a friendly smile, or a monitor asking a child how their day at school was; they know the impact they can have in a student’s life.”

Kirk said the district’s partnership with the Goodfellows Club is extremely important, because donated funds go directly into clothing children or aiding families.

Anyone can help a child through the Goodfellows Club. Contributions can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42303. Donations can also be dropped off at the Messenger-Inquirer office at 1401 Frederica St. People can contribute online, at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 16, 2016

Previously reported … $52,119.65

In memory of Kathy Wilkey, a

great colleague and friend of

College View Middle School … $422

In memory of Jerry and Irene

Hofer, Bernard Cecil and Charlie

Riney by Jeff and Lynn Hofer … $400

Audubon Elementary School

jeans and soup days … $270

In memory of Katherine, Hattie,

Pete, Myron, and Irma … $250

In memory of Ronald J.

Ramsey, Sr. … $250

In memory of Ray and Ruth

Carby, and Harry and Eva

Morris … $250

In memory of our parents, John

and Mary Jacobi, and Leonard

and Bernice Worth by Ken and

Gayle Jacobi … $200

In memory of Otto Reese … $200

In honor of Wednesday Prayer

Meeting group … $200

In memory of our parents,

Richard and Margaret

Englehart, and Kenneth and

Jo Helwig … $125

In memory of Clemen C. Nance,

Linda Baxley Miller, Mr. and

Mrs. Ellis Nance, and Mr. and

Mrs. James Baxley … $100

In memory of Lyle and Jean

Blackford by the Blackfords… $100

In memory of Delbert and Ruth

Wilson by the Blackfords … $100

In memory of Charles E. and

Mary V. Carrico … $100

Linda and Duval Bushong … $100

In memory of Al Owens by

Lois and family … $100

All-Weather Heating and

Cooling, Inc. … $100

In memory of Suzanne Ahnell

and Ellie Magnuson … $100

In memory of members of the

Bellew and Davidson

families… $100

In memory of Ronald M. Goddard

by Jason, Stacy, Jackson, and

Keaton Goddard … $100

Anonymous … $100

Giving back thank yous … $83

In memory of parents, W.C. and

Geraldine Simmons, and my

daughters, Julie Marie and

Cindy Ann by Bill Simmons … $80

In loving memory of Martin and

Rose Hodskins and Ralph O.

Freer by Mr. and Mrs. Mark

Freer … $50

In loving memory of Bob

Stewart by wife, Marie and

family … $50

In loving memory of Bob

Berry by wife, Margaret and

family … $50

In loving memory of George

Collignon, Jr. by Mr. and Mrs.

George Collignon … $50

Rebekah Lodge #39 … $50

In loving memory from your

family, Martha “Nanny” and

Albert “Paw” Mattingly … $50

Scott and Anne Gleason … $25

In memory of Jackie Jewell … $25

Lucy Gip Neal … $25

In honor of all our veterans and

their families, thank you for our

freedom, by Weldon and Wilma

Brumley … $25

In memory of Roy, Evelyn,

Bobby and Betty Howard, and

Gayle Hagan by Weldon and

Wilma Brumley … $25

Total as of Dec. 16, 2016 … $56,374.65

Austin Ramsey, 270-691-7302, aramsey@messenger-inquirer.com, Twitter: @austinrramsey

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