Retired educators meet

Eric O’Connell discussed the impact of drugs in Patrick County during the retired teachers meeting in March.

The Patrick County Retired Teachers held a regular meeting Monday, March 4, at the Landmark Center.  The meeting room was decorated with the green and white décor of St. Patrick’s Day.  The group enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the dietary staff at the center.

Eric O’Connell, from the Patrick County Sheriff’s Department, was the guest speaker. He spoke about the  harmful  impact of drugs in Patrick County.

Ongoing projects of the retired teachers were updated. Lice shampoo/treatment kits have  been placed in all schools in the county thanks to donations from businesses, individuals, churches, organizations,  and pharmaceutical companies.

The group is planning a visit to the Patrick County Developmental Center, one of the organizations  to which the retired teachers make an annual donation.

The retired teachers award two scholarships at the Seniors’ Honor Banquet in May, one through District E-VRTA and the other from Patrick County Retired Teachers.

Representatives from PCRTA attend the District E-VRTA meeting in Danville and the VRTA Spring Delegate Assembly in Richmond April 29-May 1. PCRTA member Phyllis Eastridge will have the introductory version of the book Voices from the Classroom, a book of teacher stories, poems, and articles submitted  by Virginia teachers, ready for distribution at the VRTA Spring Delegate Assembly.   The completed edition will be for sale at the VRTA Fall Conference in October.

PCRTA continues its monthly book club discussions and singing visits at the nursing home on the third Wednesday of each month.

Upcoming social events include attending the play “Mama Mia,” by Patrick Henry Patriot Players on May 4,  The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Landmark Center April 9,  and trips are organized by Billy George.

The meeting concluded with a door prize of a shamrock presented to Claudine Harman. Hostesses for the meeting were Judy Lacks, Phyllis Eastridge, Kristina Pombo, and Norma Bozenmayer.








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