Sen. David Pearce to Receive Education Award

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JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, has been chosen to receive a 2016 Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) Friend of Education Award. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Pearce was selected in recognition of his exceptional contributions to rural education in Missouri.

“The education of Missouri’s young people has been a priority of mine throughout my time in the Legislature,” Sen. Pearce said. “I am truly honored to be recognized by the Missouri Association of Rural Education with the Friend of Education Award.”

This is the first year MARE is presenting its Friend of Education Award. The award presentation is part of the MARE/MO K-8 Fall Conference, which runs from Oct. 20-22 and is being held in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

“The 21st Senatorial District is largely rural, and rural school districts, just like their urban counterparts, are presented with unique challenges and opportunities,” added Sen. Pearce. “For as long as I have held public office, I have worked to resolve the challenges facing our rural school districts, champion their successes and ensure their staff and faculty have the resources they need to provide young Missourians with a high-quality education.”

MARE’s office is located in Warrensburg, and its executive director is Dr. Ray Patrick. For more information about MARE, please visit their website at