What does it mean to be a retired educator?
If people were polled individually, the answers would be as vast as people’s interests.
During Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) Week Oct. 14-20, Bullitt County public school libraries grew by several books.
The Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association (BCRTA) purchased and donated books to every school library.
BCRTA President Nita Neal feels it is vital that the community is kept aware of such activities.
“We are willing to help in any way possible,” she said. “It is important that we remind people what BCRTA can do and the resources we can provide.”
Immediate Past President Johnda Conley explained the group performs several service projects annually.
“We collect school supplies for September, distribute books during retired teachers week in October, gather food supplies for food pantries in December, raise money for Relay for Life Scholarships in May and also recognize newly retired educators with the annual dinner sponsored by BCRTA and Bullitt County Public Schools,” she said.
Neal transported books to Bullitt East High School as well as the following elementary schools – Lebanon Junction, Mt. Washington, Roby and Shepherdsville.
Conley visited three middle schools she was part of (Bernheim, Bullitt Lick and Hebron) with new books.
“Books promote a love of reading and we all know how important reading is,” she said.
Retired teachers Linda Remington, Peggy Newkirk, Jo Price, Regina Jones, Teresa Byerly, Sharon Norton, Pat Hodge-Barker and Libby Bass each took a stack of brand new hardback and paperback books to school libraries.
According to KRTA, retired teachers continue to render valuable services and diverse leadership roles in their communities. They represent a tremendous pool of experience and training which remains dedicated to the betterment of society everywhere. These individuals represent a loyal, patriotic and concerned citizenry which provide dedicated and dependable support to the leaders of communities and the nation.
Established in 1957, KRTA is the largest association (over 31,000 members) of retired educators in the state whose sole purpose is to lookout for the welfare of retired educators.