Franklin Voorhes has applied his problem solving skills recognized by teachers in high school to serving others across the world. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechnanical engineering from Iowa State University.  After working as an engineer for the Trane Company, designing technologies, many which remain trade secrets, including a water-lubricated thrust bearing, open rotor tester, and cleaning air streams contaminated by freon.

Mr. Voorhes took his skills to Guatemala where he assisted a non-profit with their technological needs. He soon found ways to help his community of farmers and artisans through small business loans. This interest in helping others led Mr. Voorhes to found the non-profit As Green As It Gets (AGAIG). The purpose of AGAIG is to provide coffee farmers and local businesses with training and support that enable them to create profitable, marketable products, thereby allowing them to improve their quality of life and help their communities in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. The non-profit focuses on transparency, empowerment, and sustainability to make a positive impact on Guatemalans.

Mr. Voorhes is responsible for the development of many new technologies and devices, including Guatemala's first coffee decaffeinator. He recently started a consulting business for the non-profit sector, and consults the for-profit coffee sector by helping coffee shops source good coffee. Mr. Voorhes also began an technology venture, providing solar panels, LED lights, and water filters to those in need.

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Businesses at Midlands Place in Papillion awarded 17 scholarships, 11 to seniors in Papillion La Vista Community Schools, for the shopping center's innaugural community service and scholarship program.

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PLCS Teachers Receive Foundation Grants

Educators in Papillion La Vista Community Schools received nearly $39,000 in grants to help fund projects that bring additional opportunities to students.

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Greatness Awards Nominations Due April 20

Together with Papillion La Vista Community Schools, the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation works to recognize those staff members who go above and beyond through an annual awards ceremony. Nominate a deserving individual for a Greatness Award!

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