Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared March 19-25 as School Retirees Appreciation Week. As I read her declaration, it started me thinking about the major impact this group has had on our community.
This year, I have had the pleasure of serving as president of the Walla Walla/Columbia Retired School Employees. As I have worked with the wonderful members of this group, their positive impact on our community has been reinforced with me over and over again.
While the members were working in the schools, they helped the youths and families every day. Whether as the cook, the school secretary, the nurse, the classroom teacher, the principal or the superintendent, every member had what was best for children as their guiding principle. After spending 30 or in most cases more time working with the schools, our members retire.
When they retire, they still have a large impact on our community. I know our members work with their church community, the Fort Walla Walla Museum, the Kirkland Museum, community boards of directors and helping new teachers move into the field. This is a short list of what I could think of in a few minutes. I'm sure you know of retired educators who are active in our community.
I know I have enjoyed thinking about the impact on our community of these citizens. I hope you will also take some time to think about the retired educators and feel free to let them know you appreciate their service.