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February 14, 2012 > CalRTA #91 awards scholarships and mini-grants

CalRTA #91 awards scholarships and mini-grants

Submitted By Gene Dias

140 members of the California Retired Teachers Association, Division #91 from Fremont, Union City and Newark met January 18 at Sinodinos Restaurant in Newark for a quarterly luncheon/meeting. A high point of the event honored an outstanding student with a $1,000 scholarship and 11 deserving public elementary and middle school teachers from the Fremont, New Haven and Newark Unified School Districts with $300 mini-grants.

In the past, CalRTA #91 awarded two $2,000 scholarships and two $500 mini-scholarships to four California State University East Bay (CSUEB) students who were completing the teacher training program. Mr. Leo Hinkel, a past president of CalRTA #91, presented a plan to the Board which would give more than four awards - one $1,000 scholarship and $300 mini-grants - which was accepted.

More than 20 CSUEB students applied for the scholarship and more than 60 teachers applied for mini-grants by submitting proposals to enhance and augment their in-class curricula.

The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Katyana Sacro, CSUEB Teacher Training Student

Recipients of a $300 mini-grant included:

Fremont Unified School District
Christine Wilson, Grade 5 - Oliveira Elementary; Christine Taylor, Grade 1 - Oliveira Elementary; Holly Stark, Grade 8 - Centerville Jr. High; Susan Wirth, Grade 1 - Mission Valley Elementary

New Haven Unified School District
Maureen Tecson, Grade 2 - Alvarado Elementary; Catherine Schoon, Grade K - Pioneer Elementary; Kathy Wallcave, Grade 1 - Kitayama Elementary

Newark Unified School District
Laura Trickle, Grades 1&2 - Milani Elementary; Lisa Landis, Science teacher - Graham and Snow Elementary; Cathreene Watter, Grade 4 - Bunker Elementary; Shannon Johns, Special Education - Bunker Elementary

All applicants for and recipients of these awards wrote outstanding applications and proposals.

Money to subsidize the scholarship/grants fund is earned from donations, Ducks for Bucks participation, book sales, travel percentage and opportunity drawings.

CalRTA #91 currently has 487 members. Retired teachers interested in supporting public education and enjoying social relationships between members are encouraged to join the FUN Division #91. Questions about membership should be directed to:

Muriel Rodrigues
CalRTA #91
P.O. Box 643
Fremont, CA 94537-643

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