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NEWS AROUND THE STATE
Feb 9: Member advocacy/member rights (Janet)
Mar 8: Member Benefits (Trudi Clarke)
Apr 21: Legislative Update (Joanie Lawson, Reps Hodges and Shannon Erickson)
May 10: Teacher Appreciation Event (Jackie Hicks and me)
BCEA has adopted the highway outside the District Office, so in exchange for cleaning the road one saturday a month, the DOT will put the BCEA's name on a sign near the DO.
OCEA5 hosted a Candidates Forum on October 15 for their upcoming school board election. The event was moderated by Joanie Lawson, Loddyist and GR Specialist for The SCEA. Next event....school board meeting on 11/7.
ICEA met on 11/9 at Zorba's. Janet Stein made a presentation about employment trends and educator rights. ICEA President Peter Lauzon was endorsed for NEADirector. The meeting was well attended and a good time was had by all.! All ICEA members are encourage to attend next month's meeting.
Lee County Education Association
LCEA is holding an Extravaganza for American Education Week. The event will take place on November 17, 2011 at 7 PM at the Old Vocational School. Everyone is invited to attend. Sanya Moses, Lee County Board of Education Chairperson will be the key note speaker. Former Ms. Black USA, Ms. Caroline Mack will perform. Music for the occasion will be provided by the fabulous Gary Green Ensemble. Jackie Hick, the SCEA President and other SCEA representatives will be recognized. As always, there will be food, fun and door prizes.
CCEA members attended a Retirement meeting at Trident College on 11/8. President Jonetta Gregory spoke to legislators regarding retirement issues. Charleston is actively seeking AR's for each school. AR training is being conducted on 11/10 and members and leaders will be trained on SCEA/NEA Services, Member Benefits, Educator Rights, and conducting 10 minute meetings. CCEA's Local President was recently named Teacher of the Year at her school St. Andrews School of Math and Science. We are very proud of her.
BCEA members attended an Educator Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities training on 10/25 conducted by Tommy Green. AR training is set for 11/15.
HCEA has recently created a list serv to better communicate with members.
HCEA Leaders and members took 1 1/2 hour trip to Florence after school to attend Retirement hearing in Florence. Horry Teacher and The SCEA Board Member Dreama Hunt addressed the committee.
President Juliana Brown and UniServ Director had positive introductory meeting with superintendent. We are looking forward to working together in the future.
School visits are going strong and new memberships are coming in.
Local leaders attended retirement meeting in Florence.
Local leaders will meet in November to support American Education Week activities. Gifts will be provided to members to commemorate.
The SCEA has a wonderful group of field staff who are visiting schools and distributing information. During these visits, our staff have an opportunity to hear educator concerns and let them know what it means to belong to the largest professional education association in South Carolina and the United States!
UCEA E-NEWS AND NOTES
MARK YOU CALENDAR ... Membership Appreciation Dinner: All members are invited to dinner at Andy's Restaurant on February 13. Invitations will be arriving soon. Mark your calendar now for food, fun, gifts, and more.
UCEA MEETING DAY CHANGED ... The Union County Education Association (UCEA) regular meeting day has been changed to the fourth Thursday of the month. The next regular meeting is Thursday, February 23, 2012. The day change was made to accommodate the schedule of more members. The meetings are fast passed and full of information and a chance to network. Everyone is invited. Bring a friend. Dinner is on UCEA.
EARN REFERRAL $$$$$$ ... Members receive $10 for each new member they refer or sign up. New members receive a $10 local dues rebate, too. Membership forms are online at www.thescea.org or call Rebecca Rochester, Uniserve Support Advocate for The SCEA at 466-6981. She will be glad to meet with the not-yet member.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ... Below you will find the Legislative Update. You will see that the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) has not asked for any drastic changes. Those proposed drastic changes are coming from others. Be sure to check out the "Action for the Week" near the bottom of the update.
"The future begins in today's public schools."
The South Carolina Education Association
Uniserv Support Advocates
Union County Education Association is running! Their officers are Ruth Hill, president; Linda Thompson, secretary; Ruth Dunn, treasurer; and Jessica Blankenship Turner has agreed to serve as vice-president. Elections are planned for the spring. Plans are in the process to provide every member a gift.
One of our new members, Jessica Blankenship Turner, was the winner of the $100 October Commitment Card drawing.
In October UCEA and The SCEA sponsored a booth at the Union County Fair where students could vote for their favorite teacher at each school. Those winning teachers had a visit from the Cat in the Hat sponsored by UCEA and The SCEA. Over 100 parents and others signed the voucher position forms at the fair booth and two people filled out voter registration forms at the booth.
UCEA will have their 2011 Membership Event on December 1, 2011 at Union's Elks Lodge. Every member received an invitation and was asked to invite prospective new members. Members will receive $10.00 for each of their guests who join The SCEA, and the new members will get $10.00 instant rebate on their UCEA annual dues. Speakers at the event will include The SCEA President Jackie B. Hicks, The SCEA's Government Relation Director Joanie Lawson, Uniserv Director-USA Coordinator Jason Leto. UCEA members will share some of their stories of The SCEA membership benefits they have had.
UCEA is alive and growing in members, activities and visibility.
These USAs were engaged in special events.
Spartanburg 7 held a vendor fair and a beginning of the year membership bash for the SCAE Local.
Attended the fair dressed as the Cat in the Hat bringing a focus to NEA's Read Across America program.
Attended SCASA meeting and saw Zais and other national speakers talk about education in SC; attended and presented at York Co teacher inservice event
Here is a list of the field staff. Feel free to drop them a line and ask them to come to your school.
|Allendale||Everett, Benny L., IIIemail@example.com|
|Union/Cherokee||Rochester, Rebecca N.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Richland||Adams, Stevenson, Jr.||email@example.com|
|Orangeburg||Alston, Samuel (Sam)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Richland||Ward, Marilyn (Hilary)||email@example.com|
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Ms. Shirley and Ms. Forbes will introduce Plants, People, and Our Planet to allow third and fourth grade students to explore the environmental factors that negatively affect plants and humans. Students will develop a garden and outdoor reading courtyard to encourage a school wide sense of community, motivate communication, and promote critical thinking. The project will positively impact the academic achievement and social skills of under resourced learners in the school.
Way to go Hope and Bonnie! See photos of the Dedication Ceremony for their new Reading Garden.