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Miss Hedrick To Receive Legion Citizenship Award

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For “outstanding work for the betterment of her community,” Miss Ethel Hedrick, principal of Bach school, will receive the annual Legion Citizenship Citation from the Erwin Prieskorn Post No. 46 at 8 o’clock tonight in the Legion Home on S. Main St.

Miss Hedrick came to Ann Arbor from Ypsilanti State Normal College in 1920 to teach successively at Donovan and Eberbach schools. In 1927 she completed the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree at the University, and followed it with the master’s degree at Columbia university, New York City, in 1929. Returning to Ann Arbor in the winter of 1930, she began her twelve years as principal of Bach school in the fall of that year.

Backed Safety Efforts

Largely through her efforts, the Bach school safety patrol has held the highest honors in the state for the past four consecutive years. Transportation curtailments caused the cancellation of the usual trip to Washington for winning patrol leaders this year, but those at Bach went in 1939, 1940 and 1941. In addition to individual honors gained by members of the Bach safety patrol, the school now has in its permanent possession two American Automobile Association cups, each of which required three years of high safety standards to win.

Promotion of the idea of the presentation of American flags to Ann Arbor’s public schools by the Legion also is credited to Miss Hedrick. Nearly every school in the city now owns such a flag.

Active In Many Groups

A member of the Citizens’ Council of Ann Arbor, the Association of University Women, the University’s honor society, Pi Lambda Theta and on the YWCA board for the past seven years, Miss Hedrick has been as active in city affairs as in education matters. Post graduate work at Columbia University and a constructive and intelligent interest in primary education have been supplemented by the chairmanships of the YWCA Camp Committee and the Ann Arbor Scholarship Committee for women, both of which she now holds. In line with her interest in the Red Cross and similar agencies and programs, and under her direction, Bach school students and teachers last year bought more than $2,100 worth of war stamps.

Tonight’s presentation to Miss Hedrick will be made by the Legion’s state department Commander Herman Luhrs at a ceremony attended by legionnaires and friends of the recipient. Commander Chester Nowland will speak on behalf of the Prieskorn post and Mayor Leigh Young will attend. In the event of clear weather the ceremony will be held outdoors.