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Bridger Middle School teacher wins an education grant

Jennifer Erdtmann, literacy teacher at Bridger Middle School, won an education grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers and Public School Association.  Erdtmann was chosen from throughout the Kansas City region.

Erdtmann participated in the Ford’s Theatre Oratory program last year and took several students to Washington D.C. The purpose of the program is to strengthen literacy, writing, and critical thinking skills for students.

A large  part of why Erdtmann was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the education grant was her participation in the Oratory program.   Erdtmann said the money from the grant will be used to provide a teaching aide from Ford’s Theatre to help students develop personal oratory pieces. Three students will once again be chosen from a panel of judges to travel to Washington D.C. in May to present their works on the Ford’s Theatre Stage.

Erdtmann received the grant Thursday, December 6th during a staff meeting at Bridger Middle School.  Dr. Jim Hinson, Independence School Superintendent, along with members of the Board of Education helped honor Erdtmann with the award.

Erdtmann said when she found out she was receiving a  grant, “  I felt excitement for my students.  Ford’s Theatre is passing on Abraham Lincoln’s legacy by encouraging students to not only interpret the “voices” of others, but also to strengthen their own voice.  They are providing opportunities for students that will ultimately impact their overall literacy skills.  I am incredibly grateful that the Missouri Retired Teachers Association has helped to provide such an experience for our students.”

Ertdmann was the only winner for this region which includes; Belton, Blue Springs, Cass County, Clay-Platte County, Fort Osage, Foxwood Springs, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Jacomo, John Knox Village, Kansas City, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Grain Valley Ray County and Raytown.

MRTARegion 2nd Vice President, Mrs. Virginia Robbins (Blue Springs); Independence School Board Vice President, Dr. Matt Mallinson; Independence School Board President , Mrs. Ann Franklin; Independence School Board Member, Mrs. Jana Waits; Independence School Board Member, Mrs. Jill Esry; Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation Member, Mrs. Alyce Stoll (Raytown); Recipient, James Bridger Middle School Communication Arts Teacher Jennifer Erdtmann; Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation Member, Miss Robie Mathews (Independence); Independence School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson; Independence School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jason Dial.