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February 4, 2014 > Retired teachers award grants

Retired teachers award grants

Submitted By Gene Dias

Recently, during its quarterly luncheon/meeting at FremontÕs MassimoÕs Restaurant, Grant Chairperson Florence Griffin announced to 123 members in attendance that 17 - $300 grants are being awarded to qualified active teachers. Sixty-five teachers from the school districts of Fremont, New Haven and Newark submitted applications describing how they planned to spend and use grant money on special projects to enhance their classroom curricula. A panel of six retired teachers read the applications and chose 17 recipients. Money for the grants is funded by donations, book sales, opportunity drawings, quilt drawings and participation in the Ducks for Bucks program sponsored by the Fremont Kiwanis Club.

Fremont recipients:
Alaka Devi, Millard Elementary; Melanie Sheaffer, Hopkins Jr. High; Chandra Friend, Irvington HS; Alison Burke, Glankler/Grimmer Elementary; Maria Romo, Grimmer Elementary

Newark recipients:
Dana Wright, Lincoln Elementary; Latsamy Colla, Lincoln Elementary; Brandi Wicks, Snow Elementary; Andreco Holoka, Newark Jr. High

New Haven recipients:
Allison Sayavong, Kitayama Elementary; Roxane Ramirez, Alvarado Elementary; Cathy Schoon, Pioneer Elementary; Julie Miller, Pioneer Elementary; Darlene Crittendon, Eastin Elementary; Megan Northcote, Eastin Elementary; Alisha Valine, Cesar Chavez Middle School; Eric Melson, Logan HS

The featured speaker at the meeting was Sister Caritas Foster, a nun from Sisters of the Holy Family Mother House in Fremont. Sister Caritas is a major figure in combating human trafficking and helping victims of this modern-day form of slavery. Her inspirational speech highlighted the causes, types of exploitation and demands of human trafficking. In 2012, Sister Caritas and Sisters of the Holy Family were honored with the FBI DirectorÕs Community Leadership Award for their efforts.

Any retired teacher or administrator is invited to join CalRTA #91. If interested, please contact:
Muriel Rodrigues
Membership, CalRTA #91
P.O. Box 643
Fremont, CA 94537-0643

The next quarterly luncheon/meeting of CalRTA #91 will be held at the Fremont ElksÕ Lodge on Wednesday, April 14.

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