William Herzig, Master of Payson Masonic Lodge No. 70, awarded two teachers classroom grants on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona.
He was assisted by the Lodge Public Education Committee Chairman Tom Jones, Past Master of Payson Masonic Lodge.
On Thursday, Jan. 27, Dawn Proudfoot, a first-grade teacher at Julia Randall Elementary School received a $300 check to provide supplementary art and craft supplies for her students.
On Friday, Jan. 28 at the monthly faculty meeting of Rim Country Middle School, Arnold Stonebrink, an English and computer science teacher, received a $400 check to facilitate the installation of additional computer drops to his classroom. These “drops” will enable him to add more computer teaching stations and computers to the classroom. Gary Witherspoon, school principal, joined in the presentation at the monthly faculty meeting and expressed his appreciation.
James W. Rowan, Grand Master of Masons in Arizona and Craig Gross, chairman of its Public Schools Week Committee’s Grant Program said Freemasonry is the oldest continually active fraternal organization in the world. Masons helped develop and have always been supporters and leaders of the public school system in America as it is one of the tenants of our organization that an educated society is a free society.
“As Masons, we unqualifiedly subscribe to the belief that an educated and enlightened citizenship is the first great care of a progressive state and that upon our public schools rests the hope for the perpetuity of a free and untrammeled democracy.”
The officers and members of Payson Masonic Lodge #70 extend their congratulations to these fine teachers who help make Rim Country schools great learning environments for our youth.
For additional information about Payson Masonic Lodge #70, please go to www.paysonmason.org or call the Payson Masonic Lodge at 474-1305.