November is Foundation Month!

Many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are familiar with our charitable partner, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF). TRTF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides resources for retired TRS annuitants as well as active and beginning teachers. Since 2008, TRTF has distributed more than $850,000 to educators of the past, present, and future across Texas!

TRTF manages several charitable programs: “A Helping Hand,” the Disaster Relief Fund, Classroom Assistance Grants, and Beginning Teacher Scholarships. Additionally, TRTF supports the Lehr-Pritchard Endowment Fund to provide long-term revenue for “A Helping Hand,” and the TRTF Tutor Program, to reach every Texas child through reduced cost tutoring services.

November is Foundation Month, a time to share positive news about how you and your fellow retirees are helping TRTF impact the future of education every day! TRTF is also using this time to conduct its annual fundraising campaign. You will find TRTA’s annual appeal letter on page 11 of the third quarter issue of The VOICE, set to hit members’ mailboxes soon! You may also learn more about how you can donate to TRTF online by visiting

TRTF Visits 2022-2023 Grant Winner!

TRTF awarded 30 Classroom Assistance Grants to teachers all over Texas for the 2022-2023 school year. This $750 grant was used for projects and items such as stage makeup and costumes, an outdoor learning garden, a quality bass xylophone and mallet, manipulatives, and iPads.

TRTF had the privilege of visiting grant winner Corrine Thompson, who is a Gifted and Talented teacher at Mildred Junior High in Corsicana. With her funds, she invited Jiaan Powers—a professional storyteller experienced with youth—to conduct a workshop on the art of oral tradition with her students. As a result, her students created a portfolio of stories to share with audiences.

Please Help

It is time to give big so that we may help our children, schools, teachers, and retirees. TRTF is determined to help. As a 501(c)(3), we are in a unique position to raise donations and deploy them through our unique charitable programs.

Please consider making your tax-deductible, end-of-the-year charitable contribution to TRTF today. You may donate online here or call 1.800.880.1650 and ask for Sarah.

Please stay tuned to the Inside Line throughout the month of November as we update you on TRTF’s programs and share stories from individual program recipients.

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