Retirement doesn't slow local teachers down.
"We do a lot more than reading programs and promoting literacy in the community. Our members do volunteer work at local food pantries, the library and at the hospital. Whatever the need is in the community, they just don't stop," said Carolyn Tausig, the Community Service Chair for the Clay County Retired Teachers Association. "They spend countless hours volunteering in the community. I should know, I keep track of it. "
On May 17, the Indiana Retired Teachers' Association's Representative Assembly recognized the Clay County teachers for their community service group project, naming it one of the three most outstanding projects in west central Indiana.
The group promotes literacy at all age levels in an effort to break the poverty cycle in Clay County.
Many members of the association were involved and contributed to the promotion of Clay County literacy in programs sponsored by 4-H groups, sports teams, church youth groups or classes, Big Brothers, Big Sisters; community groups such as Kiwanis, Lions, VFW, YMCA, United Way, League of Women Voters and food pantries; programs through health care, hospitals and/or nursing homes; and provide shopping, transportation, visiting and cleaning services through programs like Meals on Wheels, Councils on Aging, AARP, State or County Retired Teachers Associations and the Federation of Older Hoosiers.
Association members are also involved in various local church projects, mission work projects and fund raising drives that provide other unpaid services.
Formed in 1950, the IRTA has 23,000 members throughout the state who work to promote the welfare of retired educators and to perpetuate education through community service projects. In 2005, over 1.1 million hours of community service by members from 92 counties help sponsor leadership workshops, a travel program, a scholarship program for future teachers, a golf scramble.