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Owen Democrats To Welcome State’s Superintendent Of Public Instruction Community Foundation Announces Scholarship For Study Of Mathematics

Glenda Ritz Glenda Ritz Indiana Department of Education Superintendent Glenda Ritz will be the featured speaker at the annual Owen County Jefferson- Jackson Dinner on Friday, July 26. The event, sponsored by the Owen County Democratic Party, will take place at the Spencer First Christian Church Christian Life Center, located at 157 South Montgomery Street.

Superintendent Ritz won a stunning upset over previous superintendent Tony Bennett last fall. An educator since 1978, she is a National Board Certified Teacher, a two-time Golden Apple Award winner, a developer of strong literacy programs that led to a four-star designation for her school, and a longtime president of the Washington Township (Indianapolis)

Education Association. She is a graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School and Ball State University, from which she received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She also earned a second Master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Pictured is Wilma Hadley, founder of the new scholarship, and Avery Robinson, the first scholarshipient. 
(Courtesy photo) Pictured is Wilma Hadley, founder of the new scholarship, and Avery Robinson, the first scholarshipient. (Courtesy photo) Her 2012 campaign was her first run for public office. Ritz’s goals were to give more time to education and less time to testing; to return control of implementing state and federal standards to local districts; to assure safety and respect for every student at school and school activities; to make Indiana’s teacher evaluation and licensing programs national leaders; and to clear the barriers to quality vocational education. She opposed the voucher program that takes money away from public schools. Her striking victory was widely seen as a rejection of the previous administration’s education policies, and she received more votes than either Governor Mike Pence (R) or Senator Joe Donnelly (D).

Since taking office she has tried to make the Department of Education more responsive and has made every effort to work with the governor and the legislature. She has instituted a summer literacy program in concert with libraries, businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based institutions, and has begun reviews of Indiana’s evaluation programs. Under her direction, the Department of Education recently filed suit against the vendor of the botched online ISTEP testing system put in place by her predecessor.

“We are extremely honored to have Ms. Ritz,” said Owen County Democratic Party Chair Frank Coffin. “She’s become a real star for good reason. She’s not a bureaucrat. She doesn’t believe in the one-size-fitsall model of education, she actually knows what life is like in classrooms, and she is a breath of fresh air for those of us who believe that grinding away at nonstop testing is a poor way to provide real education.”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets are on sale now at the Democratic booth at the Owen County Fair, through party officials, or contact Chairman Coffin at owenchair@owendemocrats.org or at 812-821-0255. For more information, see the party’s website at www.owendemocrats.org or the party’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OwenCountyIndianaDemocrats.

Wilma Hadley’s love of math was the inspiration for starting a new scholarship which will benefit Putnam County scholars who wish to teach mathematics. The ideal candidate is a graduating Putnam County senior, graduating in the top 10% of their class, who wishes to obtain a degree in mathematics and teach school. The scholarship was awarded for the first time this spring to Avery Cole Robinson, who won the Top Calculus Student award from Greencastle High School and studied Calculus III at DePauw University in the fall of 2012. He also studied Latin and Chinese and was editor of the newspaper. He plans to study math at the University of Chicago in the fall.

The Wilma and Forrest Hadley Scholarship is a one year award, but preference will be given to prior scholarship recipients. At a meeting arranged by the Community Foundation, Avery and Wilma discovered that he will graduate from college and she will turn 100 years old in the same year: 2017.

Wilma C. (Sutherlin) Hadley was born on October 11, 1917 just southwest of Roachdale, Indiana. After graduating from Roachdale High School in 1935 and Central Normal College (later known as Canterbury College), she joined a teacher placement firm, which placed her in Hamlet Indiana. When WWII started, she returned home to Putnam County and married Forrest Hadley who was a farmer and carpenter. Wilma taught Math, Latin, and Physical Education. Throughout her teaching career, she taught in Hamlet, Roachdale, Danville, Hillsboro, Richland Township, Fountain County, Ladoga, and most recently, at Southmont High School. She remains in contact with several former students to this day.

Anyone may contribute to the Wilma and Forrest Hadley Scholarship Endowment or start a new endowment in his/her own name. Contributions to the Endowment may be made payable to the Putnam County Community Foundation with “Hadley Scholarship” in the memo, and mailed to 2 South Jackson Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135 or online at www.pcfoundation.org. Community Foundation staff are available to help donors make gifts of cash, stock, retirement assets, life insurance, bequests, real estate, and other types of gifts.

The Community Foundation has been entrusted with more than 240 funds and endowments for donors, supporting a variety of charitable purposes. To learn more about starting your own legacy, visit www.pcfoundation.org or contact the office at 765.653.4978.

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