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Retired educators expand support to military veterans

Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chair Jeff Turner presents Clayton County Retired Educators Association President Eddie White with a framed proclamation for Retired Educators Day Nov. 3. (Special Photo: Bill Marsh)

Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chair Jeff Turner presents Clayton County Retired Educators Association President Eddie White with a framed proclamation for Retired Educators Day Nov. 3. (Special Photo: Bill Marsh)

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Retired Educators Association is embarking on a new charity in support of needy military veterans.

The association’s president, Eddie White, said the organization is busily collecting donations and gifts to for homeless veterans.

“This is the first year we’ve done this for veterans,” said White, who anticipates raising funds and collecting gifts for the veterans by Veterans Day.

Small water bottles were used as centerpieces Tuesday, during the organization’s monthly meeting and luncheon in the dining hall at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church.

Members were asked to drop dime-donations into the empty bottles as a symbolic gesture suggesting the small amounts will eventually add up.

McDonough resident Becky Miller Rostron, an avid volunteer and member of Daughters of the American Revolution, was guest speaker at the meeting. She spoke on behalf of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Members also heard from Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner who presented the association with a proclamation, naming Nov. 3 Retired Educators Day in Clayton County.

“The job of a teacher is a hard job,” Turner told the room of retired educators. “I want to thank you for your have done for our children and for me.”

Rachel Kemberling retired in 2009 from teaching high school English. She served much of her more than 20 years locally, including stints at Jonesboro High in Clayton County and Ola High in Henry County.

“I think that’s really nice that he (Turner) came by,” said Kimberling. “So many times retired educators aren’t recognized. It’s nice to be appreciated.”