Letters to the Editor

A call to give back

This past week (Nov. 3-9) was California’s 15th Annual Retired Teachers Week. As a member of the California Retired Teachers Association, I urge everyone to find a way to give back to our community. Even during these tough economic times, California’s retired educators are among our community’s most tireless volunteers. Statewide, CalRTA members logged nearly 2.3 million hours of service to their communities. That’s more than $56 million in services.

Anywhere you go in San Luis Obispo County, you are likely to find retired teacher volunteers. They tutor in the local schools, distribute food to those in need, drive seniors to appointments and work at hospitals.

Since 1998, the California Retired Teachers Association has sponsored Retired Teachers Week as a way to not only spotlight our members’ extensive volunteerism, but to encourage others to do the same. Those champion volunteers would certainly say they have received much more than they have given.

We cared about our students and our communities while we worked as educators, and that caring doesn’t stop at retirement. Join our call to give back. The effort is well worth your time.

Check out our website at http://div23.calrta.org for more information on division activities.