A Gillespie Middle School teacher was among several public-school educators Pre-K through 12 who received a grant from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF). In total, the organization awarded a total of $36,500 in grant money.
IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 37,000. Stephanie Wilson, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at GMS, was awarded her IRTAF grant check of $619.98 on Monday, September 11.
This grant would be used to implement the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award program in the building. Wilson plans to purchase two sets of the books – one for the classroom and one for the school library. Students in grades 6-8 would have the opportunity to read and vote for the 2018 award winner.
The IRTA Foundation designed this program based on the idea that educators often do not have additional revenue sources available for unique student projects or classroom materials. This program allotted a total of $36,500 to Illinois public school educators for these purposes.
Applicants were required to meet the proper criteria and to submit their proposals by early June. The IRTAF Board of Directors selected the grant recipients and awards are being presented now. The Illinois Principals Association played a vital role in assisting IRTAF with the promotion of this program.