Members of the Whitley Area Retired Teachers Association (WARTA) conducted their annual drive to provide school supplies to area students. With the help of a matching grant from AARP and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA), the Association donates paper, pencils, crayons, and other items to the Family Resource centers in Corbin, Whitley County, and Williamsburg School Districts. During their most recent drive in late October and early November, WARTA members collected/donated approximately $800 worth of supplies and funds which will be shared among four schools: Boston, Pleasant View, Whitley North and Oak Grove Elementary Schools.
“We realize this is a small gift, but it is a way in which retired teachers can continue to be involved and give back to the schools and communities which have been such a big part of their lives. WARTA members were especially generous this year, and we are excited to be able to share that generosity with students in these schools,” said Ronnie Partin WARTA president. Both staff and students expressed genuine appreciation for the help provided by Whitley Area Retired Teachers Association.
In addition to providing school supplies, in 2018 retired teachers across the state volunteered more than 940,000 hours which, if paid for, would have cost the state more than $2 million. All retired teachers in the Whitley County Area are invited and encouraged to become involved at both the local (WARTA) and state (KRTA) levels. These two organizations work very hard to maintain the benefits retired teachers have earned and to keep them informed about those benefits.