NAME: Susan Poland
SCHOOL: Litchfield Public Schools
CLASS: PreK-12 School Counselor
SCHOOL PHONE: (308)-446-2244 ext 204
As we begin the new year.
As we begin the new year, take time to be thankful for you and your family. Often we get caught up in the
excitement of the season and forget to tell each other “Thank you” for all you do.
Instead of setting a serious New Year’s Resolution, have fun with your goal and set A Big Fun Goal.
A Big Fun Goal could be anything you want to experience or accomplish in 2018. It should be a BIG goal because it’s
important to dream and think big. It should also be FUN in that you have fun going after it and enjoy the process of
trying to make it happen. This Big Fun Goal could be personal or with your whole family. Whether your BFG is to get
a promotion, climb Mount Everest, write a book, go camping at a new area, visit Europe, learn to play the guitar, get
into your favorite college, win a championship, go on a mission trip to Haiti, start a charity, learn to paint with water
colors, or something else, you can have FUN while you make your BIG goal come alive! What will be your Big Fun
Goal? (Thank you for the idea, Jon Gordon.)
For local and state scholarships, visit Scholarship Quest at EducationQuest.org. It is never too early to begin
searching for scholarships as well as making your list of strengths, volunteer activities, and other notable
characteristics about yourself.
Prepare for the FAFSA with free programs and resources
Seniors, make sure you have completed your FAFSA. Depending upon your college’s deadline, complete the FAFSA
prior to April 1. Colleges will use your FAFSA results to determine how much they will award you in federal, state
and college-based financial aid. The following Education link will help you learn more about the financial aid process
and the FAFSA http://www.educationquest.org Kearney office 308-234-6310. Follow them on Facebook and
Food Pantry/Food Bank information: Our school food bank is currently receiving prepackaged food from the
Heartland Food bank. It regularly serves 8 students in our school on a weekly basis. Any donations to the food
pantry is appreciated. We are also accepting financial donations to help provide our families perishables from P & D
Market such as milk, bread, eggs, and fruit.
The Giving Tree: Thank you to everyone who supported The Giving Tree. You truly are making a difference.
College Acceptance: Nam Boohphakdee has been accepted to Wichita State University. Meghan Kratzer has been
accepted to University of Nebraska-Kearney and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Tyren Howard has been
accepted to University of Nebraska-Kearney and Lincoln. Delaney LeFever has been accepted to Mid-Plains
Community College. Joseph Ptacnik has been accepted to University of Nebraska-Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha.
Congratulations to all.