MARSP awards grants to Evart Public School staff members

EVART — The Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) Osceola County Chapter recently awarded three Evart Public Schools staff members with grants, each totaling $300.

The Evart presentations were made by MARSP Osceola County Chapter President Marie Wilkerson on Friday, Oct. 14, during a professional development seminar at Evart High School, according to a release.

Wilkerson presented Kari Bernard, Rene Stieg (Evart Middle School) and Andrea Wheeler (Evart Elementary) with certificates and a $900 check. Bernard will use her grant money to purchase books for her classroom reading needs. Stieg will purchase special ball chairs for her classroom. Wheeler is the music teacher and will purchase a glockenspiel and some rhythm sticks for student use. All three teachers will use their purchased items with many students and for years to come.

MARSP Osceola County Chapter members were proud to assist Evart School staff members with their grant wishes, the release said. MARSP is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1951 to protect the pensions and benefits of all Michigan public school retirees.

Members are public school retirees who may have served their school districts as instructional assistants, social workers, secretaries, media specialists, custodians, bus drivers, teachers, administrators, librarians, cooks, lunch and playground supervisors and specialists.