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22 Nov
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TRTF Provides Assistance To Educators Through Its “A Helping Hand” Program

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LaVerne Rydell is a retired teacher living in San Marcos, Texas. Earlier this year, she moved from her home to a senior community. However, she was having difficulty coming up with the funds to pay for her moving expenses.

Rydell was selling personal items to pay for these expenses, and she was facing the prospect of not having a washer and dryer in her new home. During a conversation with her friend and former president of the San Marcos Area Retired Teachers and Staff, Viki Hicks, Rydell mentioned these issues.

Hicks realized that Rydell was a candidate for the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation’s (TRTF) “A Helping Hand” grant. Hicks contacted TRTF and filled out the program application on Rydell’s behalf. Time was of the essence as Rydell was scheduled to move within two weeks. Within a week, Rydell received two $500 gift cards to Lowes to purchase a washer and dryer for her new home.

Rydell was overwhelmed with emotion when she received the gift cards.

“I had tears,” said Rydell. “I was just speechless… And, of course, I called Viki, and then when I saw her, I gave her a great big hug.”

“LaVerne uses the word ‘blessed’ a lot, and she felt very blessed,” said Hicks. “This was a wonderful surprise for her, and I felt so, so good about it, because she had given so much to our local teachers organization.”

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TRTF’s “A Helping Hand” is powered by retired educator donations! Foundation month is a time for giving, and the donations made go straight into endeavors like the “A Helping Hand” program. Please consider donating today, and help us make a difference in the lives of educators all across Texas!

Applications Are Available!

Applications for the “A Helping Hand” program are available online! Visit this page to learn more.

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15 Nov
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TRTF Scholarships in Action: How Educators Are Getting a Strong Start

November is Foundation Month! Make your tax-deductible donation today and support educators of the past, present and future!

When Bailey Beck started her college studies, she didn’t think she wanted to go into education. But after engaging in a program called Students Expanding Austin Literacy, she fell in love with teaching young people how to read and write.

“Originally going into college, I was an Anthropology major, and I quickly realized that wasn’t for me,” Beck said. “I fell in love with working with students and helping them grow. It was just my favorite thing to see them (go from) where they started to where they finished.”

Beck has now started her first year teaching at Hemphill Elementary in Kyle, Texas. She’s teaching 4thgrade reading, writing and math.

“Fourth graders are getting to that age where they are starting to be a lot more independent,” Beck said. “But they’re still really loving and they still want to please you.”

Her classroom received a jump-start in the form of a $750 scholarship from the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF). Beck used the scholarship to purchase a variety of classroom items including: bulletin board materials, 31 book bins, a pencil sharpener, a big board calendar and extra chairs for her students.

“TRTF and what they are doing is just really helpful for teachers,” Beck said. “It’s just really cool what they did by giving us this scholarship.”

Beck’s goal this year is to instill a sense of confidence in her students. She wants them to believe that they can become readers and writers.

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TRTF’s scholarships are powered by retired educator donations! Foundation month is a time for giving, and the donations made go straight into programs like the Beginning Teacher Scholarship program. Please consider donating today, and help us make a difference in the lives of new teachers all across Texas!

Applications Now Available!

Applications for the 2020 Beginning Teacher Scholarship program are now available online! You may download one by clicking here. Be sure to share with any college seniors majoring in education you know. The submission deadline is February 27, 2020.

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08 Nov
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TRTF Grants in Action: How A High School Laboratory Is Taking the Next Step

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) distributes 30 Classroom Assistance grants each year in the amount of $500 each. Since 2008, TRTF has provided $93,000 in grants to 186 active educators all across Texas.

Denise Sanders, a biomedical sciences teacher at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, was among the award recipients this year.

Sanders’ students are engaging in a genetic engineering project in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of the project is to replicate a genetic mutation within a DNA strand. Sanders said the students are creating what’s known as an “expression vector.”

Sanders said the project prepares the students for college by providing them with a “freshman research initiative as seniors in high school.” Currently, the students are going through the project in the high school lab, but eventually, the students will carry over their work to a lab at the University of Texas campus.

One of the key lessons that Sanders hopes her students take away from the project is how to “power through” failure. “Things don’t always work the way you want them to,” she said. “That happens a lot in this class… In this class, if it doesn’t work, we have to sit and think what we need to change.”

Sanders put the $500 she received from TRTF towards purchasing lab equipment for her students. In particular, she found micropipettors for her lab. Micropipettors are extremely useful in her students’ lab work. Sanders was excited to receive the grant money to fund her lab, and she appreciated that the money wasn’t tied to the school district.

“This gave me the freedom to buy things from sources that I wouldn’t normally be able to buy from, which made the money go a lot further,” she said. “It was really empowering to me to spend my own money where I wanted.”

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TRTF’s grants are powered by retired educator donations! Foundation month is a time for giving, and the donations made go straight into programs like the Classroom Assistance grants. Please consider donating today, and help us make a difference in classrooms all across Texas!

Applications Now Available!

Applications for the 2020 Classroom Assistance Grant program are now available online! You may download one by clicking here. Be sure to share with any active educators you know. The submission deadline is February 27, 2020.

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