The new school year is starting off great for Jacqueline Rother. Gay Dittemore, MRTA Region 1 Vice-President awarded Jacqueline a $500 classroom grant on August 13. Phyllis Dannar, Atchison-Holt MRTA unit president, was also present.  Jacqueline teaches third grade at Mound City and her grant request asked for Missouri history materials.

The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation (MRTF) awards a minimum of 98 grants a year.  Seven are awarded to Region 1 which includes Mound City, Nodaway-Holt, South Holt, Craig, Fairfax, Tarkio, and Rock Port plus other school districts.

Funds may be appropriated in the areas of resources, leadership, research, or materials used by an active Missouri classroom teacher. Grant applications can be downloaded at and are due June 30 of each year.