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November 28, 2013

SCR-I Teacher Awarded MRTF Classroom Grant

A $500 Classroom grant was awarded to SCR-I from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation. Pictured (L to R) are principal Kenya Fuemmeler, grant recipient Tina Olakowski, MRTF regional vice president Sam Berkowitz, and SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson.

A Scotland County R-I teacher was awarded a 2013-2014 $500 Classroom grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation. Tina Olakowski, a language arts instructor at SCR-I High School, was awarded one of three competitive grants from Region Three of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. The $500 check was awarded to Olakowski during a presentation in her class Friday.

Olakowski's grant is to help with her applied 9th and 10th grade English classes.

"The goal of the grant is to receive funds to purchase two new sets of graphic novels for the Applied English classes," said Olakowski in her grant application. Later she noted that these novels, "could quite possibly be the key to sparking the interest that is necessary for SCR-I students."

There were nineteen teachers region wide who had applied for the MRTF grant. Olakowski is the first to receive one from Scotland County R-I.

"We thank all who took the time to apply for this grant. This year is the first time three grants were awarded region wide," said Region Vice President Sam Berkowitz. "I know how hard teachers work. I hope these grants will make some of their work easier as students are being helped in fulfilling goals. Miss Olakowski is a fine example of a teacher who takes that extra step in helping her students," added Berkowitz.

Region Three of MRTA encompasses most of northeast Missouri, ranging as far east as Hannibal to Brookfield in the west and Memphis in the north. The other two grants were awarded to a teacher from Madison C-3, and another from Monroe City R-I.

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