PREA cel­e­brates the hol­i­days

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Poinsettias adorned the ta­bles of the last gath­er­ing of the 2017 year of the PREA (Polk Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion), and was punc­tu­ated by the ex­cited voices and sea­sonal dress of the at­ten­dees!

The Pledge of Al­le­giance was ea­gerly re­cited, fol­lowed by Pres­i­dent Sor­rells’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port through­out the year of the mem­bers, es­pe­cially that which now in­volved the Shriners Hospi­tal, which has placed the PREA well ahead in its mon­e­tary-pledged sched­ule. The group was also re­minded of the Tal­la­toona Read­ing Pro­gram for Preschool­ers, as well as keep­ing in touch with newly re­tired teach­ers in the area.

Those who may be in­ter­ested in the Field Trip to the GREA Ed­u­ca­tors Mu­seum on March 15 should call Pres­i­dent Sor­rells by Feb. 1! The cost is $15 for the char­tered bus. Also, Toys for Tots is Dec. 19 to be held at the First Bap­tist Church in Rock­mart from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vol­un­teers should con­tact the Po­lice De­part­ment or call the Church.

Be­fore the In­vo­ca­tion and de­li­cious lunch, Lynda Rut­land found, within a hol­i­day card, “Christ­mas Mir­a­cles” which re­minded us of how God in­ter­venes in our lives that pro­duces things that we would have never thought of our­selves.

PREA was for­tu­nate to have Rhoda Heuer of ONE DOOR POLK, which per­forms as a multi-ten­ant so­cial ser­vice hub, meet­ing the needs in health­care, men­tal health and so­cial ser­vices … all un­der one roof!

Please con­tact Ms. Heuer for more in­for­ma­tion. Those seek­ing vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, where some of our PREA mem­bers are al­ready in­volved, are en­cour­aged to visit. Tim Malone, on pi­ano, and wife, Sharon Malone, PREA Trea­surer, and both mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Cho­rus, drew ev­ery­one into the clos­ing for the year, by the singing of Christ­mas melodies.

The next meet­ing of the PREA will be Feb. 1 at Polk County Col­lege & Ca­reer Academy in Cedar­town. Any­one in­ter­ested in PREA ac­tiv­i­ties is in­vited. Kinder­garten sup­plies are re­quested for the month.

Con­trib­uted photo

PREA Trea­surer Sharon Malone and her hus­band Tim pro­vided Christ­mas mu­sic for the fi­nal meet­ing of 2017.

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