Sheri Harenza, a teacher in Hawthorn Elementary School in the Camdenton R-III School District in Camdenton wrote an exceptional grant application entitled “Flexible Seating; Flexible Classroom: Phase 2.”

Sheri Harenza, a teacher in Hawthorn Elementary School in the Camdenton R-III School District in Camdenton wrote an exceptional grant application entitled “Flexible Seating; Flexible Classroom: Phase 2.” Her entry was chosen by the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation as one of the recipients of a classroom grant, and she is to be commended.

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 98 grants, expending $49,000 for current teachers in the classroom.

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Sheri Harenza, her administrators, Principal Mr. Todd Shockley, Assistant Principal Angelina Rogers, along with local retirees, Sue Due (President, Camden County unit), Nondas Bogart (President-Elect of Camden County MRTA), Gwen McDonald, Betty Beal (State and Region Retirement Education), Matt Gaddy, Shari Gaddy, Martin White, MRTA member, and Georgia White, Region 7 Vice-President of MRTAPSP 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 MRTA Executive Director Jim Kreider and MRTF President Karen Miller. Region 7 MRTA Vice-President Georgia White described Mrs. Harenza’s fine grant on “Flexible Seating; Flexible Classroom: Phase 2” for her third grade classroom. Her grant states, “Many students need places to work while standing or using a chair that provides some movement. Flexible seating and work spaces provide for more teamwork and collaboration, which supports today’s work skills and environments. It also makes learning more fun.”

MRTAPSP and MRTF, together with the Region 7 Vice-President Georgia White, and all the retired school personnel across the state who helped to raise this money, congratulate Sheri Harenza of Hawthorn Elementary School of Camdenton R-III School District. She is to be commended for her work in completing the grant application and for being named a winner of one of MRTA Region 7’s classroom grants from MRTF.

For more information or clarification, please contact: Georgia White, PO Box 1137, Richland, MO 65556-1137, g44white@embarqmail.com