Skip to main content

Friends of Education


The Friends of Education Program is sponsored by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force and recognizes volunteer efforts throughout the state. Nominations are solicited in five categories:
1) School Volunteer
2) Community Leader
3) Community/Civic Organization
4) Business/Partner Activities
5) Public Sector Institution


Newton Public Schools has recognized the following businesses, groups & individuals for their contributions to the USD 373 community:


2019 Business/Partner  Excel Industries
(Darrin Hiebert)
  Community/Civic Koerner Heights Church
(Pastor David Froese)
  Community/Civic Trinity Heights United Methodist Church
(Pastor Donna Voteau)
2018 Business/Partner Norm's Coffee Bar
(Tami Lakey)
  School Volunteer Kaylene Dicken
  School Volunteer Carolyn Penner

Millennium Machine & Tool
(Kris Wondra)

  School Volunteer Wendy Harris
  School Volunteer Dr. Charles Craig
  School Volunteer Dr. Richard Glover
  School Volunteer Dr. Jennifer Koontz


  Business/Partner Workforce Development Center
(Tucker Allen, Deb Scheibler & Warren Scott)
  Business/Partner Kemper Sports/Sand Creek Station
(Chris Touhey)
  Business/Partner Harvey County United Way
(Tina Payne)
  Business/Partner Shelter Insurance
(John Hosford)
  Business/Partner Carter's Clothing Store
  Business/Partner Budde Enterprises
  Community Leader Sharon Allen
  Community/Civic Jill Gatz
  School Volunteer Stacey Musser
  School Volunteer Maddy Black    
  School Volunteer Stacey Musser
  Community Leader David Nygaard
  Community Leader Carol Sue Stayrook-Hobbs
  School Volunteer Amie Busenitz (Hv Co. Extention) 
  School Volunteer  Lester Limon
  School Volunteer Maureen Entz
  Community/Civic  Charles Olson Scholarship Fund
  Community/Civic Newton Treble Clef Club
  Business/Partner Newton Medical Center
  Business/Partner NMC/Project SEARCH
  Business/Partner Newton Walmart/Aaron Rohr
  Business/Partner Newton Walmart/Michael Haskew
  Business/Partner Horizon Milling, Cargill
  Business/Partner Newton Medical Center
  Partnership Activity Harvey County Farm Bureau Assoc 
  Public Sector  Harvey County Health Department
  School Volunteer Sue Harper
  Partnership Activity Mid Kansas Cooperative Association 
  School Volunteer NormOeding/Janzen Family Farms
  Private/Public Prairie Harvest
  Community Leader Dan Heinze, Jr.
  Community/Civic Newton Recreation Center
  Partner Activity Bethel College Education Program
  Private/Public  Little Caesar’s of Newton
  School Volunteer Mary Karst
  Community Leader Amy Mitchell
  Private/Public Newton Medical Center
  Community/Civic Circle of Friends
  Partner Activity  Peace Connections
  School Volunteer  Lael Seymour
  Community Leader Walter Claassen
  Community/Civic KIDS Committee
  Partner Activity Newton Public Library
  Private/Public Wendy’s
  School Volunteer Brad Marshall
  Community/Civic Big Bros/Sister - Harvey Co.
  Private/Public Newton Wal-Mart
  Partner Activity Newton Fire Dept
  School Volunteer Dennis LeFevre
  Community Leader Detective LT. T. Walton
  Community/Civic Newton Rotary Club
  Partner Activity City of Newton
  Private/Public Dillons Store No. 24
  School Volunteer Brett Gesell
  Partner Activity The Newton Kansan
  School Volunteer Karen Dudte
  Community Leader Willis Heck
  Private/Public Hutchinson Comm. College
  Partner Activity Midland National Bank
  School Volunteer Susan Bretches
  Community/Civic Newton Chamber of Commerce
2002 --------------------------(No Records)-----------------------------
  School Volunteer Stephen Biddle
  Community Leader Jody Meier
  Private/Public Midland National Bank
  Community/Civic Bethel College Mennonite Church
  Private/Public Newton Pizza Hut
  School Volunteer Peg Carden
  Private/Public Newton Fire & EMS
  School Volunteer Carolyn Yoder
  Community Leader Officer Jan McCloud
  Private/Public Druber Donut Shop
  Community Leader Mary McDonald
  Private/Public Anderson Healthcare
  School Volunteer Cindy Phillips
  Private/Public The Newton Kansan
  Community/Civic School Improvement Bond Committee
(No record of Newton participation prior to 1996)