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MARSP awards grants to two county teachers

The Iron County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel recently awarded a pair of grants to two county teachers to help with the purchase of supplies for their classes. Forest Park students involved in a project to make bat houses are, front row kneeling, from left: Jacob Stachowicz, Christopher Miller, Jessica Miller, Katie Faccin, Wade Cieslinski and Taylor Anderson. In the back row standing are: T.J. Gaasbeck, Connor Kezerle, Connor Rajala, Aaron Kukura, Cameron Krajewski, Jacob Denell, David Olson, Larry Menghini, Billy Rajio, Verlene Zeestraten, Lee Graff, Cameron Gagne and Ethan McGregor. (submitted photo)

CRYSTAL FALLS—The Iron County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) has awarded grants to a pair of county teachers.
    MARSP awarded a $200 grant to Forest Park shop teacher  Rich Santi and a $200 grant to Stambaugh Elementary teacher Lisa Anderson.
    Santi will use his grant money to buy woodworking supplies for a project in which his students work with cognitively impaired students to make bat houses for the Paint River Landing.  He describes the project as “exceeding my expectations” because “my students have learned lifelong lessons about being all around better individuals.”  
    Anderson used the grant to buy special chairs (mobility equipment). These legged-ball chairs are to help students with fine motor, language, mobility and sensory skills.
    MARSP is an organization of former teachers, support staff and administrators who were employed by the Iron County school systems. This professional organization’s purpose is to keep involved in the policies that maintain a good quality of life during retirement.
    Members continue to be interested in Iron County’s students receiving a high standard of education. With continued budget cuts, it becomes more difficult to pay for items that enrich the curriculum. MARSP wishes to do its part to help current school employees who often pay for supplies from their own pockets.