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Gooch recognized by Truman State

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Graduate student Rebecca Spegal of Bowling Green, was selected as a recipient of the Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award at Truman State University.

The fund provides assistance to a Master of Arts in Education student and a current teacher to purchase children’s literature for their professional practices. Spegal, a Master of Arts in Education student at Truman, will receive $500 to purchase materials for her classroom.

Danielle Ebeling, a teacher at La Plata Elementary School in La Plata,  was the other recipient of the Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award. The awards were presented June 7 during a ceremony on campus.

The Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award was endowed in 2006 to honor Clapp, a professor emeritus in the Department of Education at Truman. Clapp is a powerful proponent of literacy and children’s literature. Hundreds of students and practicing teachers have been influenced by her dedication and careful mentoring.

Truman State University is Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among Missouri’s public colleges and universities and is consistently acknowledged for academic excellence and affordability.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine listed Truman at No. 19 on its list of 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” and featured the University in the February 2013 issue. U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region and Truman was recognized in the Washington Monthly September/October 2012 magazine as the No. 6 master’s university in the nation. Truman was the only public Missouri school on the entire Top 100 Master’s Universities list. The University, located in Kirksville, enrolls more than 6,100 students.