Retired educators honored with special day

Published 3:30 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In conjunction with American Education Week, the Selma/Dallas County Education Retirees Association of the Alabama Education Retirees Association, Inc., took on a leadership role in developing activities for “Retired Teachers’ Day.”

The special day was Tuesday, Nov. 14 and included Selma Mayor Darrio Melton declaring it such by presenting the organization a signed proclamation.

On Tuesday, principal Joe James Peterson Jr. and Edgewood Elementary School hosted the group for lunch.

On Wednesday, the retirees will be provided lunch by principal Dyphelia Thrash and Clark Elementary School.

Recognizing the contributions retired educators have made, the Alabama Legislature passed Act No. 90-183 to honor Alabama’s education retirees.

The joint resolution sets aside the Tuesday of American Education Week each year for recognition of the state’s retired education personnel.

The Selma/Dallas County Education Retirees Association is just one of 75 local units of the Alabama Education Retirees Association, Inc. (AERA), which represents more than 23,000 retired educators.

“Everyone’s life has been enriched by a retired educator,” said Jeanie W. Ward, president of the Selma/Dallas County Education Retirees Association.

Ward said the chapter is proud to participate in the events honoring education retirees across the state and especially in the Selma/Dallas County area.