Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


January 21, 2014

Bridges shares her story with students

Area students heard a firsthand account of what life was like in the 1960s when Ruby Bridges told of her experiences, according to Anne Amrhein, Batesville Intermediate School and Batesville Middle School librarian.

Bridges was one of the first African American children to desegregate an American elementary school, Amrhein revealed. In November 1960, armed federal marshals escorted the 6-year-old to her first-grade classroom in New Orleans amid parent protest, name calling and physical threats. She spent that entire year alone, the only child in a classroom with her teacher, Mrs. Henry. The white parents had pulled over 500 students out of school because of her.

“Ruby spoke with students from BIS, BMS, Batesville High School and grades 3-6 from St. Louis School Jan. 14, 15 and 16. The Friday (Jan. 17) presentation for Oldenburg Academy and SLS grades 7-8 was cancelled due to inclement weather. We will try to reschedule.

“Her two-hour presentations were leveled for grade-appropriateness and designed specifically for students and staff. Each presentation was for 300 students or less and included a short video, interactive talk, slides and a question and answer period. Ruby requested no media coverage prior to or during her visit, and only students and staff were invited. This ensured a program just for the students, with no distractions,” the librarian noted.

During her talks, Amrhein said the speaker urged students to “‘give people a chance .... The most important thing is to be a good friend. No matter what they look like, what matters is what kind of friend they are.’”

She also told BHS teens, “‘You have so much on your plate today. Why would you add bullying and racism to it?’”

Amrhein said she received an e-mail from a parent after her fourth- and fifth-graders saw Bridges. It read, “Last night, the kids just talked and talked about seeing her and listening to her speak .... I haven’t seen them this excited in a long time, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your effort in creating this experience. I’ve been trying to express to them what an opportunity and honor it is to meet Ms. Bridges and have her share her story.”

Text Only
  • nws - bv080114 - roell car Retired farmer wins a new car Floyd Roell had a feeling. Last year, he bought a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but had no premonition. This year, the giveaway kept popping up in front of his face, reminding him about his granddaughter, but still no sixth sense.“This

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072914 - kids kick drugs (new) 'You can say no' to drugs About 50 youngsters participated in the Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Kids Kick Drugs program July 26. Master George Dwenger (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) told the youngsters, “First and most importa

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - muething RAA gave theater founder his start When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - jeffers West Point graduation Jeffers savors West Point experience Tom Jeffers, a 2010 Batesville High School graduate, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resident is the son of former Batesville residents Tom and Kathleen Jeffers, Alexandria, Virginia,

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv062714 - STEM - sara bauer Students learn valuable STEM skills Two area students attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop June 2-5.Alexandra Cottingham, Batesville, daughter of Rebecca Krieger Cottingham and Michael Cottingham,

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv062014 - Eckstein family Cancer hits home for local family Cancer survivors and those who have lost their fight with the disease will be honored during the June 21-22 Ripley County Relay for Life. One local individual who will be remembered is Mark Eckstein, Batesville, who worked for the Batesville Water an

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv061314 - Wilson, Alex Wilson explores CIA and Ukraine Next month in Chicago, Alex Wilson will start working as an investment banking analyst at Bank of Montreal (BMO), doing financial analysis and modeling for a group within the Capital Markets division. The 2010 Batesville High School graduate just ear

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv060614 - Betts in Scotland Student helps mastermind museum exhibit Tomorrow Alex Betts, a 2009 Batesville High School graduate, will be standing at a museum door in England, welcoming his family (parents Bill and George Ann Betts and brothers Jairus, 19, and Arno, 14) to an exhibit he helped create. "Diving into Dur

    June 6, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv051614 - McDonough speaking Detective recalls working with Princess Diana BROOKVILLE - Rich McDonough has had an exciting career as a private detective, working for various celebrities and political figures. He told the story about one of his most memorable clients, the late Princess Diana of Wales, on April 16 as part of

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv050214 - Kreinhop, Bertha with book Cancer battle recounted in book

    May 2, 2014 1 Photo