April was a busy month for the Katy Area Retired Educators (K.A.R.E.). During the week of April 1 – 5, K.A.R.E. members travelled to Austin to attend the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) convention and were recognized during the Texas Retired Week at the State Capital.
On April 10, K.A.R.E. held their monthly meeting and presented scholarships to graduating Katy ISD Seniors, who are entering college in the fall as an Education major and planning to become a public school teacher. Many of them have hopes of returning to Katy ISD to teach. Our Keynote speaker was Kourtney Waggoner, K.A.R.E.’s very first Scholarship recipient. Only one scholarship was given the first year they were given out, and this year we were able to give eight scholarships with each recipient receiving $1200 due to the efforts of KARE.
K.A.R.E.’s next meeting will be held on May 8 and will feature guest speaker Yvonne Kershner from Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union. All public school employees who retired under the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) are welcome to attend and bring a retired educator, friend or neighbor who is not a current member. K.A.R.E. represents anyone who has worked in a school district and retired through TRS. This includes all employees from custodian to superintendent. Others interested in supporting the goals of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are welcome to join as associate members. Reservations are required. Call Lee Ann Nuckles at 832-594-7533.
K.A.R.E. meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, Room 144, located at the West Entrance. For more information about the Katy Area Retired Educators check out its website at http://www.localunits.org/KARE/ .
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