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Devoted MPS teacher awarded for long-standing support of Dr. King celebration program

Surprise event Friday at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts preceded public event on Sunday

By - Jan 17th, 2014 12:04 pm
Katherine Katter

Katherine Katter

MILWAUKEE (January 17, 2014) — Milwaukee Public Schools and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts recognized a teacher Friday for long-standing support of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event — now in its 30th year — through student-oriented programming.

Katherine Katter, an English teacher at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts, was honored for contributing to the writing and art competitions annually and incorporating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program into her teaching curriculum.

For many years, Mrs. Katter has guided and encouraged students through their participation in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest.  Throughout the years, several students under her supervision have been presented on stage as first, second, or third place winners.  Mrs. Katter’s teaching exhibits an understanding and appreciation of the importance of the written and performing arts in the lives and education of youth.

For her exceptional efforts and dedication to the program, Mrs. Katter was given the surprise recognition in her classroom with a plaque, roses, balloons, a pair of tickets to the Phantom of the Opera showing at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, and an iPad mini.  The award is sponsored by McDonald’ Restaurants of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The annual citywide King celebration will take place at the Marcus Center on Sunday, January 19, 2014.  Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the event is free to the public and showcases the diverse talents of Milwaukee’s ethnic performing arts groups.

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