Submitted to the Herald Review OSCEOLA COUNTY\u00a0- Members of the Osceola County chapter of\u00a0Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel\u00a0recently awarded four Reed City Area Public Schools and Evart Public Schools staff members with their own\u00a0$300 grant. The Reed City presentations were made by MARSP members\u00a0Christie Wilson and Gloria Thompson during staff meetings at GT Norman\u00a0Elementary and Reed City Middle School. Denise Nelson requested various\u00a0science kits to assist students in learning the science curriculum with hands-on\u00a0materials. Dave Scharlow works with special needs students at RCMS and\u00a0requested money for purchasing a small refrigerator for the classroom. It would\u00a0be used for student needs including the ability to keep diabetic supplies. MARSP Osceola County Chapter member Jackie Ropeer presented Jenny\u00a0Junker of Evart Elementary and Crystal Nelson of Evart Middle School $300\u00a0grants on Nov. 18. Jenny will use her grant money\u00a0to purchase board books for pre-schoolers, while Crystal will purchase\u00a0paperback books to foster independent reading for her middle school students. All purchased books will be used by many students during this year and in the\u00a0future.\u00a0MARSP members were proud to assist staff members with their grant wishes.\u00a0We thank them for participating in our 2015-16 grant program. MARSP is a\u00a0nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1951 to protect the pensions and\u00a0benefits of all Michigan public school retirees. Members are public school\u00a0retirees who may have served their school districts as instructional assistants,\u00a0social workers, secretaries, media specialists, custodians, bus drivers, teachers,\u00a0administrators, librarians, cooks, lunch and playground supervisors and\u00a0specialists. In other words, any public school retiree can be a member of\u00a0MARSP. The association provides a lobbyist to represent its members in the\u00a0Michigan Legislature.