Georgetown Edition | August 2021

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BY FERNANDA FIGUEROA

WilliamsonCountyRetired Teachers Association Organization celebrates 50 years of helping local teachers and schools F or 50 years the Williamson County Retired Teachers Association has worked to them to the individual student.” The organization also awards

two to three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who are planning to major in education, Duncan said. The scholarship is funded 100% with fundraisers. To help retired teachers in the area, WCRTA helps answer any questions a member may have, Duncan said. The organization also helps advocate for better health care and better pension benets for retired teachers

improve benets for teachers and continued to help local districts by volunteering, donating books to children in need and awarding scholarships to selected individuals. In 1971, Estelle Stapp established WCRTA with a total of 32 retired teachers from Georgetown. The organization focuses on helping retired teachers

From left: The Williamson County Retired Teachers Association ocers include Mike Meyer, Pam Schulz, Sue Duncan, Arlene David, Barbara Johnson and Gene Stokes. (Photo Courtesy Sue Duncan) TEACHER APPRECIATION

in the community with maintaining an identity in area schools, WCRTA President Sue Duncan said. WCRTA mem- bers spend time volunteering by babysitting, read- ing to children or delivering food to the elderly, Duncan said. The

HELPING A CHILD READ The organization distributes books to students at the elementary level each year to provide books to children who do not have any. In 2019, WCRTA gave a total of 504 books to ve schools in Williamson County.

CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF HELPING TEACHERS The Williamson County Retired Teachers Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 10 with a catered lunch and guest speaker, Tim Lee, executive director of the Texas Retired Teachers Association. 10:30 a.m. $12. Taylor ISD Event Center, 3101 N. Main St., Taylor.

in collaboration with the Texas Retired Teacher Association. “Not only are we taking care of retired teachers with their pay- checks and health coverage, but we

Started with 32 retired teachers in 1971 Currently has about 360 retired teachers from Central Texas

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145 MEMBERS from Georgetown 92 MEMBERS from Round Rock

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also take care of those that will be coming into the retirement eld,” Duncan said. In the future, WCRTA leaders hope to increase their membership and community support, Duncan said. “I would like the whole commu- nity to know and support retired teachers,” Duncan said. “[Retired teachers] are very active, very sup- portive of one another and we really give back to the community.”

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organization also has a book project to donate books to elementary-aged children who do not have any at home. In 2019, WCRTA reported donating a total of 504 books. “Last year we would go into the school, spend time with [the kids] and read to them,” Duncan said. “It is really cool because some of these kids never had their own book; they just see books at school. So, we give

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In 2019, 150 MEMBERS volunteered 77,422 HOURS

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Williamson County Retired Teachers Association www.wcrta.org

In 2020, 117 MEMBERS volunteered 40,633 HOURS

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