Retired educators get into holiday spirit

December 20, 2012

Retired educators gathered Wednesday for music, a meal and a reminder of their mission to support current and former educators.

The Community Teachers Association’s monthly meeting at Christ & Trinity Lutheran Church took on a holiday flavor, with many of the 30 or so attendees sporting Christmas sweaters, and the Helen G. Steele Music Club Chorus filling the room with both sacred and secular songs of the season.

The chorus had the teachers’ toes tapping and heads nodding to the music, which included a sing-a-long to “Joy To The World.”

CTA Treasurer Carol Klein said the turnout was about average for the group, which has more than 100 members. Vice president Carolyn Hayes said many members pay their dues “to continue to support teachers,” but due to infirmities are unable to make it out for meetings.

Before the members shared a potluck lunch, member Wanda Meyer thanked Sedalia School District 200 for providing an array of desserts. She then led the group in a moment of silence in honor of the students and teachers who were slain Friday in Newtown, Conn.

Hayes said retired teachers are “the largest delegation that descends on the capital each year.”

Members of the local group will head to Jefferson City on Feb. 12 to lobby on behalf of education issues.

Hayes said retired teachers provide $2 million worth of volunteer service each year, and it is important for them to let state legislators know “you are doing things, we are valuable and we need their support.”

“We need to be seen and heard, especially with our local representatives,” Hayes said.