Spring Service Project and IRTA Area 4 Update

Opening Thought:

“Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat” (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

The Vigo County Retired Teachers Association members had an enjoyable luncheon, participated in the association’s spring service project, and received an IRTA update from Area 4 Director Ken Pierce.

VCRTA participated in their second annual Spring Service Project.  In an effort to help combat child food insecurity in Vigo County and the greater Wabash Valley, VCRTA members collected individually wrapped nutritional food items for the Catholic Charities Backpack Program.  VCRTA members learned last year that there are over 13,000 people that are food insecure and that over 1,000 backpacks are sent out every Friday during the school year to help address the overwhelming need.

VCRTA members collected a table loaded with approximately 50 pounds of nutritional individually wrapped food items and collected approximately $100 in monetary donations to support the Backpack Program.

Ken Pierce, IRTA Area 4 Director, gave an update on legislative issues that IRTA was following throughout the 2017-2018 legislative session and the upcoming special session, reminded everyone about their IRTA membership benefits, and introduced Lynn Cox as the likely Area 4 Director starting in June 2018.  Ken was given special recognition for supporting VCRTA during his tenure as Area 4 Director.

President Millie Vaughn announced that the 2018 Excellence In Education Award for a Retired Teacher was being awarded to Diane Songer.  All VCRTA members are encouraged to make reservations and attend the Excellence In Education Awards Banquet on May 10, 2018 at Saint Mary of the Woods College.