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The Carthage Press
  • CMS disabled class receives $500 grant from MRTF

  • A grant that was awarded at the end of 2013 will make for a bright 2014 for a class at the Carthage Middle School.
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  • A grant that was awarded at the end of 2013 will make for a bright 2014 for a class at the Carthage Middle School.
    The Missouri Retired Teacher Foundation (MRTF) made 42 $500 Classroom Grants available for the 2013-2014 school year, and one was awarded to Elizabeth English's intellectually disabled class at the middle school.
    The grants are provided through donations from retired school employees throughout the state to help with resources, leadership, research or materials used by an active Missouri classroom teacher. In English's case, the “Community Mapping for Transitional Success Project” grant is for her students.
    “I'm excited,” said English, who has four fifth graders and four sixth graders. “Basically this is going to help get the kids into the community more. We'll be able to tour the hospital, visit the Audubon Center, and host a Parent Tea. It's a great opportunity for the kids to see what's out there and navigate their community.”
    The students will also take field trips to the Neosho Fish Hatchery, Pizza Hut and Missouri Southern State University. The application states “Ultimately, the students will learn about possible places of employment; be exposed to events in nearby communities that could be entertaining; experience a restaurant as well as fast food; and be reminded of the importance of emergency services. All these encounters will put new tools in their tool belts to be used in coping with life now and after the conclusion of their formal education.”

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