Teacher receives Rotary grant

This year, the Bedford Education Foundation has formed a new partnership with the Rotary Club of Bedford and awarded Bedford High School teacher Lisa Dudgeon a grant funded by the Bedford Rotary.

Dudgeon was a recent speaker at the Rotary and shared her continuing education experience. She attended the AP Institute at St. Johnsbury Academy where she studied AP comparative government and politics. With this continuing education course, she is proposing a new college-level course for BHS’s juniors and seniors in 2016.

Students who participate in this college-bound AP government and politics comparative course will have the opportunity to apply it toward college credits.

Dudgeon described how this new course will benefit BHS students. "In this day and age of instant media access, it is more important than ever that students understand how other countries function so as to become a truly global citizen. It is difficult for people to understand current events and even things that happen in our own political system without understanding how the American government relates and compares to other places around the globe. Additionally, with the strong Model UN program already at BHS, there is a ready-made group of students for this course," she said.

Dudgeon is one of BHS’s outstanding teachers who is guided by one of her favorite quotes from John Lubbock: "The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."

The Rotary Club of Bedford’s motto is "Service Above Self." The club organizes three community fundraising events per year including the Bedford Rotary 5K and 12K, Rotary Pasta Night, and Teen Idol Music Competition.

The club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Manchester Country Club.

Visit the website for more information: www.club