Sheri Harenza is a teacher in Hawthorn Elementary School in the Camdenton R-III School District. She wrote an exceptional grant entitled “The Flexible Seating Project.” This grant was chosen as one of the recipients of a classroom grant from MRTA’s Region 7.

The Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel is an association of retired educators whose purpose is to promote the professional, social, and economic welfare of all retired school employees while continuing to support the teacher currently in the classroom.

Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation is a tax-exempt organization for raising funds to carry out certain charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes of the MRTA. This year MRTF is giving six $500 classroom grants in each of its fourteen regions of the state totaling 84 grants, expending $42,000 for current teachers in the classroom.

Sheri Harenza is a teacher in Hawthorn Elementary School in the Camdenton R-III School District. She wrote an exceptional grant entitled “The Flexible Seating Project.” This grant was chosen as one of the recipients of a classroom grant from MRTA’s Region 7.

On Friday, August 25, Harenza, administrators Principal Todd Shockley and School Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield; Veronica Hambacker, member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation Board; Sue Dye, president of the local Camden County unit of retired school personnel; Donna Nessan and Gwen McDonald, members; Martin White, MRTA member; and Georgia White, Region 7 Vice-President of Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel, were on hand at Hawthorn Elementary School for the presentation of the certified check for $500, a large replica check, and a congratulatory letter from Missouri Retired Teacher Association Executive Director Jim Kreider and MRTF President Karen Miller.

Region 7 MRTA Vice-President Georgia White commended Harenza for a fine grant on for her third grade classroom.

“Many students need places to work while standing or using a chair that provides some movement. By providing flexible seating options, including lap desks, exercise balls, scoop chairs, stools, swivel chairs, and balance stools stamina and focus should improve, while disruption and discipline difficulties should lessen," he said.