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Two schools receive special donations

At least two Catholic schools in the archdiocese have received $2,500 donations from farmers as part of a national philanthropic effort.

The money comes through Monsanto Co.’s charitable arm, and the farmers – Brian Vencil of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Valley, and an anonymous farmer in Antelope County – directed the donations to Holy Name School in Omaha and Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin.

Vencil’s pledge will help Holy Name provide food and meet other needs for students from low-income families.

"So many of our students struggle with lack of food and resources" that can hinder their learning, and the pledge will help Holy Name meet their needs, said Colleen Peterson, director of development.

Pope John XXIII will use the money to improve its fine arts program, including a drum set for the band and a portable spotlight for the one-act play team.

"The arts are such an important foundation to an education at Pope John, we are grateful to Monsanto and our anonymous donor," said Betty Getzfred, principal.

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