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The Carroll County Retired Teachers Association recently applied for a 2012-13 Kentucky Retired Teachers Association community/school services projects grant.
CCRTA was awarded this grant with the only stipulation being that the local had to match the grant with its funds.
All of the funds in the treasury come from dues paid by the members. The more retired educators that pay their dues, the more money in the treasury. This grant could be used for school supplies and/or food items.
A member of CCRTA talked with Cydney Conley, the Family Ties Advocate at Winn. With so many cuts at all levels of government, money for some areas of concern is very limited. Conley suggested that the purchase of two $25 iTunes cards would be very helpful.
Some of the older retired educators know very little about this modern tech world that the students of today are navigating their way through. Their first thought was that iTunes was a bunch of songs, but it is so much more.
Conley explained there were apps on there that would be very helpful to many students. Since funds were very tight, this would allow the teachers at Winn to purchase some much needed resources.
Next, CCRTA was considering food items for the Cartmell backpack program. In talking with Robin Huesman, director of Family Ties Resource Center, it was learned that there was available resources to supply items for the backpack program. She talked about a Panther Store that would be started soon at Cartmell.
The students would be earning Scholar Dollars in relationship to their behavior/citizenship and could use this money to buy things at the store. One of the things she said that they would like to have in the store was healthy food items.
This sounded like something that CCRTA could help with, so the rest of the grant money was used to purchase healthy food for the Panther Store.
On Sept. 10, these items were presented to the Family Ties Resource Center personnel by Cassandra McBurney, president of CCRTA.
CCRTA members hope these items will be useful and next year the funds will be available to help the middle and high school.