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Community Connections

Register for the 

2017 doggy dash 5k / 1 mile fun run

Participate with or without your dogs. You and /or your dog can come in costume if you would like!

                Sign-in and race-day registration start at 7:45 a.m. and the “ready-set-GO” will be at 8:45. This is part of the Platte River Fitness Series and the proceeds for the event will benefit Community Connections Substance Abuse Prevention System.

 We encourage you to register ahead of time. Click on the link below to get the registration form. Print it off and return it to us. You can also register online at PlatteRiverFitness.com . You can wait and register at the event, but may not get your tee shirt until later.

The 5K human winners in gender and age categories will receive medals.  The top three fastest dogs in the 5K will also receive medals.

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All dogs must be on six foot leash, and puppies are asked to wait until next year to join the fun.

 The race will be on the main road through Cody Park, beginning at the swimming pool, circling past the sledding hill, then the campground, and back to the pool: three times for the 5K or once for the one-mile children’s fun run.

Gold level sponsors for the Doggy Dash are Adams Bank & Trust and Westfield Small Animal Clinic. The office of Kelley, Scritsmier and Byrne, P.C., is a silver level sponsor. Bronze level sponsors are Excel Screen Print, Fire House Gym, Heartland Animal Center, Kittle’s Music and Thrivent Financial.

Print and fill out the form, and return it to PO Box 852, North Platte NE 69103, or drop it off at the Community Connections office in McKinley Education Center at Willow and F Streets.

The Pigcasso project!

Piggy banks become works of art!

 

The pigs that were in businesses all over town have been painted and will be on display from August 13 to September 13 at the Prairie Arts Center (at 5th and Jeffers). Join us on September 20 at the Prairie Arts Center from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for PULLED PORK SANDWICHES,  APPLE DONUTS and APPLE CIDER --- and a SILENT AUCTION of the PIGS. See what a wonderful oinker you can come away with!!!!!

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Thank you to all of our supporters who hosted our piggy banks at their businesses or schools. Thanks to all the people, including all the school children,  who gave their coins and dollars to help us fund our efforts to prevent substance abuse in Lincoln County.

A very big thank you to NebraskaLand National Bank for providing the piggy banks and starting our campaign with a nice monetary gift of their own. 

To see a full list of businesses and schools that hosted our piggy banks, click here.


Our Story

Diverse strategies,
one big goal

Since 1988, Community Connections has worked to create positive change: Change that has a direct and lasting impact in our community, change that inspires others to work towards a better tomorrow for youth and families, change that develops leaders who care, and change that creates positive role models.

OUR MISSION

Connect people
to enhance lives

Connecting agencies, businesses, neighborhoods, schools, families and individuals to coordinate activities, services, and programs that enhance the quality of life in Lincoln County.


youth advocaCy training camp

About 40 youth attended the Community Connections Youth Advocacy Leadership Camp, held May 31 through June 2, at Camp Maranatha. The youth learned about harmful substances and ways they can speak out. they conducted a "Zombie Rally" at the intersection of Philip and Jeffers, to draw attention to the problem of prescription drug abuse and the drug collection that takes place at Platte River Mall on the third Saturday of each month, from 11:00 to 1:00.

The youth also carried out a "Sticker Shock" activity: they went in groups of 5 or 6, and placed stickers on cases of alcoholic beverages in convenience stores. The stickers encourage people to help prevent underage drinking and tell of problems alcohol causes with the developing brain.

Youth will continue to have opportunities to spread substance abuse prevention messages, by doing such things as recording radio public service announcements and doing "Samantha Skunk" skits for young children. Samantha Skunk teaches children to avoid taking medicine that is not prescribed to them, and not given to them by a trusted adult.

other community Connections Programs

 

Tobacco Free Lincoln County

Our mission is to protect and improve the health of the public by increasing community support and participation in local tobacco control in our schools and in our community. Learn more

Substance Abuse Prevention

The main purpose of the Substance Abuse Prevention System is prevention! Partnering for positive change is what drives our coalition, and each day our team works to make Lincoln County a better place to live and to raise a family. Learn more

Lincoln County Youth Leaders

 The Lincoln County Youth Leaders are a dynamic group of middle school and upcoming high school students who come together to provide North Platte and Lincoln County a way of taking action and being part of the solution to problems related to substance abuse. Learn more

Mentoring Programs

Everyone hopes for a chance to do something that truly impacts the world. That's what mentoring is all about — changing kids' lives by providing guidance, support and positive relationships. Learn more

Asset Teams

Support, empowerment, and positive values help youth overcome the pressures of high-risk activities. Using developmental assets, today's youth learn to give back to their community. Learn more