Uvalde Retired Teachers Association Funds Scholarship

 Signing the scholarship agreement are Diana Bonnet, Uvalde Retired Teachers Assoc. President, and Bill Kibler, SRSU President. Standing in back, left to right, are local RTA scholarship committee members Cleo Eddy, Barbara Blair, Eunice Sosa, Nancy Stockton, and RGC Vice President Paul Sorrels.

By Laura Nelson

Uvalde—Members of the Uvalde Retired Teachers Association (RTA) Scholarship Committee met at the Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College campus in Uvalde last week to celebrate the new scholarship they funded for RGC students.

The generous gift will be awarded to an RGC student in the Teacher Education program seeking either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. In addition, members of the group will mentor each scholarship recipient, offering encouragement and support as the student completes his or her degree. The first RTA scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2017 semester.

The group depends on fundraisers, donations, and member dues to use for scholarships and other charitable giving; however, the group’s chief impact may be through their volunteerism. Their members racked up over 63,000 community service hours just last year, an astonishing number considering they have approximately 140 active members. According to Diana Bonnet, Uvalde RTA President, “Volunteerism plays a vital role in Uvalde RTA’s community involvement. Our volunteers can be seen working at the hospice and library thrift stores, hospital auxiliary, local food pantry, St. Henry de Oso as well as mentoring high school students.” In addition, they operate a book project, putting a book in the hands of every first grader in the area to take home through the Texas RTA book project. They mentor new teachers as well as experienced ones and are always interested in helping where there is need.

Retirement is not a requirement for membership-it is open to all active and retired teachers in the area. For more information about RTA and their endeavors, visit www.localunits.org/uvalde or contact Bonnet via email at dbonnet113@gmail.com.