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Dream big.

That was Dayna Carper Buss. That was her approach to teaching.

Dayna’s sister, Amber Carper Barclay, is keeping those big dreams alive, along with many others who are behind the Dayna’s Dream Big Scholarship Golf Tournament. The event honoring Dayna’s memory and teaching career is set for Sunday, Aug. 26, at Woodland Hills.

“We are blessed to have many people that still think of my sister often,” Barclay said, “and we are so happy that we have been able to continue her legacy as an amazing teacher and person through our event, scholarship and work with Lincoln Public Schools.”

Dayna, who died of cancer six years ago, inspired hundreds of students during her 14 years at Cavett Elementary.

“Dayna was one of those exceptional educators, whose core identity and values were directly correlated to her career as a teacher,” Barclay said. “She was loving, passionate and determined to make connections with each student – even the most challenging ones. Dayna had a knack for getting through to students who were considered ‘difficult,’ and we heard stories from many of these students upon her passing about how the love and individual care she showed them was a determining factor in their success thereafter.”

Barclay said the golf tournament has raised close to $90,000 in five years, and with the help of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, these efforts have provided six scholarships so far.

“Several of those recipients were even former students of Dayna's who expressed interest in going into teaching specifically due to the impact she had on them,” Barclay said. “This year's winner, Sophie Gilman, was one of her former students. Sophie went to Southwest High School and intends to seek a degree that would enable her to enrich the lives of children.”

The event is a four-person scramble. There is a dinner, raffle and silent auction. They are looking for golfers, hole sponsors and auction donations. To help in any way, contact Barclay at For more details, see

Chip shots

• Team Kolbas is on a roll. Mom Steph won another Women’s City title – that makes 18 – and daughter Nicole won the Girls City at age 13. Steph won by 12 shots, and Nicole won by 8. Wow.

• Ken Hambleton and I tried to play all 81 city golf holes on June 19. Rain and more rain ended our day after 63 holes. Still a lot of fun, and all I will add is we have great municipal golf courses in this town.

John can be reached in the rough, in the sand, or at


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