NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community is committed to learning, voluntary service and civic participation. Now in its 11th year, the NRTA With Our Youth! Program provides volunteer opportunities for community service projects with youth. For the first three years of the program, NRTA pledged to serve 1.5 million youths in 2,000 communities with a total of 45 million service hours through its affiliated state retired educators associations (REAs). The goal was exceeded. The program continues to grow and expand with projects in more than 40 states.
The award recipients of NRTA’s 11th Annual With Our Youth! Awards were chosen for outstanding service to youth in the state, local and individual categories by an independent selection panel. Award recipients include:
Wisconsin Retired Educators Association
Henry Ford once said, “To do more for the world than the world does for you — that is success.” Retired Wisconsin educators define success through outreach to the community. In the past year, Wisconsin Retired Educators Association (WREA) members contributed a total of 510,926 volunteer hours statewide through service to youth and older adults, and in health-related initiatives.
The WREA Foundation developed the WREA Foundation Challenge award program to provide five $2,000 grants for innovative and inspiring programs in Wisconsin public schools. WREA members diligently promoted the project throughout the state, visiting schools, talking with teachers, mailing promotional materials and providing online information. More than 70 schools across the state applied for the five awards.
The winning schools demonstrated innovation in student achievement or contributed to a better environment for students, schools or the communities they serve. The winning projects are:
- The Secret Path, a Natural Playscape Project, a program to develop a sense of wonder and an appreciation of nature.
- Project Jump Start, a special two-week program to prepare, motivate and excite students for a new year.
- Girls and Boys Night Out, an inner-city school project to help fourth-graders form healthy relationships and friendships and expose them to new activities.
- Gender Specific Multi-Age Classroom Project, a program to implement research of gender-specific classrooms and demonstrate successful results by integrating gender-specific teaching strategies into the district-adopted curriculum.
- The CRICKET Project, a program designed to provide experiences to better comprehend the beauty, diversity and importance of our natural world.
Thanks to WREA, inspiring programs that enrich the lives of students are being implemented in Wisconsin public schools.