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Retired school personnel continue teaching and learning

Retired school personnel continue teaching and learning
Janice Green shows off her card made of duct tape.

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February 20, 2013
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The Wilson County Retired School Personnel (WCRSP) met Feb. 5 in the Floresville Independent School District Administration Building. Officers and committee chairmen reported that membership has grown to 140 retirees and associates; members walked more than 6 million steps in 2012; 105 members volunteered more than 12,000 hours in our community; and 140 books were donated to local schoolchildren.

Upcoming events include a Capitol Rally in Austin on March 20. Legislative chair Charlie Rice relayed the information that as of Feb. 4, 1,247 bills have been filed in the House and 426 have been filed in the Senate. The final day to submit bills is Friday, March 8, so our legislators will continue to be inundated for the next few weeks. The committees most likely to impact retired educators are the House Committee on Pensions, chaired by Rep. Bill Callogari; House Committee on Investments and Financial Services, chaired by Rep. Mike Villarreal from the San Antonio area; Senate Committee on State Affairs, chaired by Sen. Robert Duncan; and the Senate Committee on Public Education, chaired by Sen. Dan Patrick. It is very important that we stay in contact with our senators and representatives because they have so much information to digest and we need to be sure their decisions are based on accurate information.

Tuesday through Thursday, April 9-11, is the Texas Retired Teachers Association Conference in Corpus Christi. Three voting delegates will represent WCRSP at the conference. Thursday, June 6, WCRSP will host TRTA District 20 Leadership Conference in the Floresville Event Center.

Once business was completed, Janice Green presented a program on the “Art of Card Making.” She displayed hundreds of clever and beautiful works of art representing the vast array of inventive ways to communicate with friends and family. As members examined the cards, Janice gave information on tools, resources, and rewards of card making. Several people indicated an interest in learning more, so Janice agreed to a mini-workshop with more to follow. It is exciting to see that our teachers are continuing to teach and anxious to learn something new.

The Tuesday, March 5, meeting in the FISD Administration Building will continue the theme of teaching and learning as artist Dottie Bowden and three of her students introduce “Art for All Seasons.” The April meeting will have a speaker from the local historical society. The learning never ends!

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