Pictured Left to Right are ARTA President, Betty Oliger, Jace Bradley, Clinton; Austin Lewis, South Side; Steven Shull, Shirley; ARTA President-elect, Doyne Ward; and ARTA Treasurer, Frankie Treece.
The Van Buren County Retired Teachers Association awarded a $150 scholarship to three 2015 VBC graduating seniors. Those recipients are as follows: Jason Bradley, a Clinton High School graduate, who is the son of Jason and Cindy Bradley; Austin Lewis, a South Side High School graduate, who is the son of Gilbert and Leann Lewis; and Steven Shull, a graduate of Shirley High School, who is the son of Eric and Samantha Shull.
After receiving their college degrees, each of the recipients has plans to become an educator in Arkansas Public Schools; hopefully in Van Buren County. This is the third year the Van Buren County Retired Teachers Association has awarded scholarship money. Plans are to continue the scholarships yearly for each of the county’s high schools; and plans are to increase the scholarship amounts yearly, as a career in teaching students is one of the highest and most rewarding professions a person can choose.
After the scholarship money was awarded to the three recipients, Pam Berry, an ARTA member who lives in Shirley, entertained the group by singing a selection of Sing-a-long Songs, such as: “You are My Sunshine,” “Clementine,” “Home on the Range:,” and a requested song: “Seven Spanish Angels.”
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She accompanied herself with the guitar; and she received several requests to keep singing.
VBC Retired Teachers meet every other month at the Western Sizzlin’ Steak House; and we invite any teacher to meet with us at the next meeting to be conducted on Tuesday, 21 July at 11:30 a.m. for a luncheon meeting. The 2015-16 officers will be installed at that meeting; and a guest speaker will present an informative program. The 2015-16 officers to be installed are: President, Doyne Ward; Vice-President, Ramona Rorie; Secretary, Carlene Woodard; and Treasurer, Frankie Treece.
All retired school personnel and teachers are invited to join the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association and the VBC Unit to become active in helping to secure and strengthen all retired public school personnel’s retirement benefits for a lifetime of retirement income and leisure living.
VBC Retired Teachers Association’s Scholarships Awarded.