The Trinity County Retired Teachers kicked off their year with a visit from State Representative Trent Ashby. Representative Ashby spoke on many subjects of interest to the retired educators. He talked about the alternatives proposed to solve their heath care dilemma.
All those present realized that the funding for health care for retired teachers will soon be in the red and are concerned about how the legislature will solve this problem. He also spoke on key issues of finance and the rainy day fund. He assured members that school finance was a top legislative priority and mentioned the current law suit over funding distribution.
He fielded questions on immigration and how it is affecting Texas schools. Ashby described possible concerns related to water issues in the State and shared information on the make-up of the new legislature as well. The group appreciated his time and insight into what is happening in Austin.
The local Retired Teachers unit has also made it a project for the fall to welcome new teachers into Trinity County Districts. Members donated "goodies" to make welcome bags to be distributed in the Apple Springs, Centerville, Groveton, and Trinity ISDs. These were given out around the end of the first six weeks to supply a little boost for new teachers.
The group realizes that many first time teachers drop out of the education field within their first five years. Whether the teachers are new to their school or new to the profession, Retired Teachers hopes this little gift will let them know that the work they do with the youth of Trinity County is appreciated.
Along with the items donated by members several businesses helped fill the bags. The Retired Teachers Assosciation would like to thank all the businesses who donated goods to help fill the bags distributed.
As another project, the group will also be taking a freewill offering at each meeting to be divided between Loaves and Fishes in Trinity and Ladies in Action in Groveton. It is the hope of the members that this contribution will help supply food for children in Trinity County whose families may be having a difficult time in the current economy.