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Retired teachers honored at banquet

Last Modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:04 PM

By Kara Carrier / American Press

Local retired teachers were recognized Wednesday in honor of Retired Teachers Day by the Calcasieu Parish Unit of Retired Teachers. The local unit held a banquet at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center to honor retirees for their years of dedication.

Ivy Mouton, president of the local unit, told attendees that the organization is grateful to all who made careers in education. “Teaching was not just our jobs, but our callings,” Mouton said. “We continue even today, serving our community as leaders and volunteers. So let us rejoice and be glad; let us enjoy and be proud as we celebrate.”

About 30 retirees attended the banquet. The national day of recognizing retired teachers is March 20. But officials said that since March 12 was the group’s regular meeting day, they decided to celebrate early.

Lake Charles City Council President Luvertha August and Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Dennis Scott attended the celebration, and each read a proclamation declaring March 12 to be Retired Teachers Day. Both August and Scott encouraged residents to acknowledge retired teachers for all they have done.

Graig Luscombe, executive director of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, attended the event and spoke on issues that may affect teachers’ retirement in the legislative session.

“These people dedicated their lives to educating those of us who are now following in their footsteps,” Luscombe said. “I’m happy to be a part of the association and glad to be here to share some thoughts about what’s happening with the retirement system and some decisions that may be considered on their behalf in Baton Rouge.”

Lizzie Syas, activity chair for the unit, organized the event. Syas said former students and scholarship recipients were invited to attend and speak about some of the memories and experiences with teachers who made a difference in their lives. Syas said the celebration’s theme was “Love and Gratitude,” which she said is fitting for both teachers and students.

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