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by Mark Cheffey
A Palmyra teacher was honored for her educational support to local Boy Scouts.
Bonnie Lutener, an administrative assistant with the Palmyra R-I School District’s Parents As Teachers program, was presented the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Teacher Award, during a school assembly Wednesday.
In making the presentation, Sam Bross, a leader with Boy Scout Troop 151, said Lutener had provided invaluable educational assistance over her many years of involvement with the Scouting.
“We wanted to thank her for all she’s done,” Bross said.
Bross said Lutener has not only served on the local Boy Scout committee, and on the board of review for award advancement, but has assisted Scouts in preparing for rank advancement all the way up to Eagle, the top rank.
“I’m so honored,” Lutener said of receiving the award.
Lutener has been involved in Scouting since her son, a prospective Eagle Scout, was a child, and has enjoyed being involved with it ever since.
“It’s just a great program,” Lutener said. “It teaches Scouts a lot about themselves and also about their community and how to give back to the community.”
The Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award, named in honor of a rural Lewis County (Mo.) native, was developed by the Educational Relationships Subcommittee of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
After humble farm beginnings in rural Missouri in the late 1800s, Fretwell went on to earn an undergraduate degree at LaGrange College and eventually continued his education at Brown University, the University of Chicago and then stutied at Heidelberg University and the University of Dijon.
Upon his return to the states, Fretwell became an eminent educator and strong supporter of Boy Scouts.