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‘Be Good to People’

Last year on this day, Colleen tweeted an inspirational message that, following her passing, inspired many to look at, from a different perspective, the way in which we live our lives. As many continue to mourn the passing of a dynamic and passionate teacher, today that inspirational tweet is shared once…...

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Ritzer Family Statement on Today’s Arraignment

(ANDOVER, Massachusetts)-Following today’s arraignment in Suffolk Juvenile Court, the family of Colleen E. Ritzer offered the following statement: “Our thoughts are with the victim of this most recent attack, her family and loved ones. We find it unconscionable that a juvenile charged with such a heinous crime is afforded the…...

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Girl Scout Troop Honors Colleen

A word of thanks to Bradford Girl Scout Troop #65340 for not only participating in the Step Up for Colleen 5K, but also for a badge they created in memory of Colleen. According to an article in the Andover Townsman, “participating in the Step Up for Colleen was important because…...

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Andover Townsman: Ritzer Fund recognizes 6 AHS graduates

$12,000 in scholarships to assist them on path to teaching The Andover Townsman Six Andover High School graduates who plan to pursue careers in education are among the recipients of the first Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships. Ritzer’s parents, Tom and Peggie, and her siblings, Dan and Laura, presented the…...

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MTA: Memorial to fallen educators is dedicated

MTA Vice President Tim Sullivan was among state education association representatives from across the nation who traveled to Kansas on Thursday, June 12, to honor educators who have died in the line of duty. Sullivan joined hundreds of family members, dignitaries and officials at the National Teachers Hall of Fame…...

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Danvers Herald: Danvers graduation: Courage over darkness

DANVERS By Jeff Pope jpope@wickedlocal.com The Class of 2014 was urged to live a life of adventure and to follow their own path, even if it is different from everyone else’s. While sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted the 230-plus members of the class at Dr. Deering Stadium on Saturday,…...

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Boston Globe: Colleen E. Ritzer scholarships honor beloved teacher

By Kathy McCabe  | GLOBE STAFF   JUNE 12, 2014 In her college essay, Colleen Ritzer wrote of her childhood dream to become a teacher “who would shape the minds and lives of children.” Ritzer, who grew up in Andover, fulfilled her dream at Danvers High School, where she taught math for just…...

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First Andover Recipients of Memorial Scholarships Announced

Awardees Plan to Study Education, Pursue Teaching as a Profession (ANDOVER, Massachusetts)-Tom, Peggie, Dan and Laura Ritzer announced yesterday morning at the Andover High School Senior Awards Breakfast the first Andover recipients of a Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship awarded to graduating seniors who plan to pursue education as a…...

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Salem News: Danvers Ritzer scholarship recipients announced

BY ETHAN FORMAN STAFF WRITER DANVERS — Six Danvers High School seniors are the first recipients of the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships, announced during the high school’s senior reception last week. Read more...

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Danvers Herald: Pink carnations planned at Danvers graduation

This year, they will wear pink carnations. For the first time, the traditional red carnations sported by graduates from Danvers High School will be changed to pink. The change is in memory of Colleen Ritzer… Read more...

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