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Minatare High School receives grant from OTCF

January 29, 2019

MINATARE — The Minatare Wrestling Team has long been in need of new wrestling mats. The wrestling team has nearly doubled in size from last year, and has been trying to use the old and tattered mats for too long now. Coach Tracy Gifford had a mission to replace the old mats that have issues with hygiene and safety due to substantial defects caused by use and time.

Gifford donated several pumpkins from his own farm for the athletes to sell this last fall, to help build up their fund. Additionally, he was able to talk to several businesses and friends to garner more donations, and then wrote a grant to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation to receive the remainder of what was needed to make the purchase. This grant for $7,000, combined with their other efforts, will allow them to finally purchase these mats, that total over $10,412.

The Minatare Board of Education, Superintendent Tim Cody, Principal Rocky Robbins and Gifford would like to thank the Oregon Trail Community Foundation and the following organizations for their generous donations to Minatare High School for the purchase of a wrestling mat and wall pads: Platte Valley Bank, CW Yount Foundation, B & C Steel, Sandberg Implement, MC Schaff, Winner Circle, Kelley Bean, Gering Auto Sales, Inland Truck Parts, Silver Spur and Scottsbluff Winter Farmers Market.

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