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Local school organizations award scholarship, help Senior Center

On April 12, the Madison County Retired School Personnel met for its monthly meeting at the Fredericktown Senior Citizens Center. Among the notable events taking place at the meeting were the presentation of two very special monetary awards.

For many years, the MCRSP has sponsored a chili supper each March as an event to raise money for scholarships. One, jointly awarded by “CARE,” The Community Association of R-I Employees, is awarded in the R-I District, and the other, co-sponsored with the Marquand-Zion CTA, is awarded in that district. Both scholarships are available to high school senior applicants in their respective districts who plan to pursue a college degree in education and who meet the criteria of the applications.

Present at the April 12 meeting was Savannah Hinkle, recipient of this year’s R-I District Scholarship, better known as the Garland & Ilerea Hamilton Scholarship, in honor of two of the district’s long-time outstanding educators. Savannah is the daughter of Stacy and Wade Hinkle and plans to study Agricultural Education at Southeast Missouri State University.

In her acceptance address, Savannah told the group she has desired to be a teacher since she was a little girl and remarked that since she is a “fourth generation family farmer, it’s in my blood.” She also said that Mr. Mike Graham, one of her high school agricultural teachers, inspired her when he said, “Never be afraid to invest in yourself.”

Also present at the meeting was Tammy Follis, director of the Senior Citizens Center. Each year after the chili supper, MCRSP donates a portion of the proceeds back to the center as a thank you for allowing the group to use the facilities to host the chili supper. Tammy accepted the check and thanked the members for the contribution.

MCRSP extends an open membership to all retired school employees in Madison County. They meet monthly on the second Thursday of each month, September through May. For this year’s May meeting, members will travel to The Abbey in Ironton where an optional lunch and tour will be offered following the business meeting.

“Even if retired school employees cannot attend every meeting, we encourage them all to join our local organization by paying a simple $5 annual dues and also supporting the state retirement system with the $35 annual dues. These dues are used to promote and protect pensions and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement,” commented Mike Stearley, current MCRSP President.

MCRSP President Mike Stearley presents the Hamilton scholarship to Savannah Hinkle.

MCRSP President Mike Stearley presents the Hamilton scholarship to Savannah Hinkle.

Sharon Robbins, MCRSP chili supper chair person (left) and Mike Stearley MCRSP president (right) present a check to Tammy Follis, Director of the Fredericktown Senior Center.

Sharon Robbins, MCRSP chili supper chair person (left) and Mike Stearley MCRSP president (right) present a check to Tammy Follis, Director of the Fredericktown Senior Center.

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