The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide. IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 38,500. On October 18, 2019, Gillespie Middle School educator Stephanie Wilson was awarded her IRTAF grant check.
Wilson’s grant of $742.01 will be used to purchase sets of the 2020 Rebecca Caudill Nominees and 2019 Illinois Reads Grades 6-8 Titles. Gillespie Middle School students, along with students throughout the state, are encouraged to read these selections and vote on the winners in February.
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.