Katy’s Retired Educators Provide Scholarships and Visit Austin

KARE’s 2019 Scholarship recipients from left: Avery Lucas (Cinco Ranch H.S.), Conley Grimet (Katy H.S.), Joan Basaldua (Katy H. S. and Namesake Scholarship Recipient), Kourtney Waggoner (Keynote speaker and K.A.R.E.’s first Scholarship recipient), Leilani Cantu (Mayde Creek H.S.), Holly Dasher (Cinco Ranch H.S.), Vanessa Moreno (Mayde Creek H.S.), Sierra Richardson (Katy H.S.) Maria Gonzalo Gil (Taylor H.S., not pictured). Photo provided

KATY (Covering Katy News) – April was a busy month for the Katy Area Retired Educators. During the week of April 1 – 5, KARE members traveled to Austin to attend the Texas Retired Teachers Association convention and were recognized during the Texas Retired Week at the State Capital.

KARE held its monthly meeting on April 10 and presented scholarships to graduating Katy ISD Seniors, who are entering college in the fall as an Education major and planning to become a public school teacher. Many of them have hopes of returning to Katy ISD to teach.

The Keynote speaker was Kourtney Waggoner, KARE’s first Scholarship recipient. Only one scholarship was given the first year they were given out, and this year KARE was able to give eight scholarships with each recipient receiving $1200. 

KARE’s next meeting will be held on May 8 and will feature guest speaker Yvonne Kershner from Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union.

All public school employees who retired under the Teacher Retirement System are welcome to attend and bring a retired educator, friend or neighbor who is not a current member. 

KARE represents anyone who has worked in a school district and retired through TRS. This includes all employees from custodian to superintendent.

Others interested in supporting the goals of the Texas Retired Teachers Association are welcome to join as associate members. Reservations are required. Call Lee Ann Nuckles at 832-594-7533.

 

 

Katy Area Retired Educators members attending the Texas Retired Teachers Association Rally Day in Austin at the State Capital on April 3.  Photo provided

 

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