March 14 is proclaimed Montana Retired Educators Day. It is a day set aside in honor of those who have been involved in education and give support to education in the state of Montana.
As president of the Southwest Montana Retired Educators chapter I am well aware of the years of service that each of our members has dedicated to education. Being an educator is more than just being a teacher in the classroom. An educator is dedicated to making each child a better individual by giving him the tools to develop both physically and intellectually so that each individual will become a productive citizen.
This dedication to the betterment of all students is not something you really retire from. This is readily apparent within our local chapter as our members continue to contribute their time and talents to many worthwhile community and school district projects. This past year our local chapter alone donated over 8,000 hours of community service.
I urge you on March 14 to think for a moment of those teachers who made a difference in your life and if you can reach out to them and thank them for their dedication. But please know they are not resting on their laurels, they may be retired but they are still active still helping students and community.
Otis Anderson, Dillon