Retired Teachers scholarships go to area graduates

The Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association announced it awarded two scholarships to future teachers this spring to Katie Sparacio and Mia Croom.

Katie Sparacio of Strasburg is a rising senior at James Madison University pursuing a degree in early childhood education. Sparacio, a graduate of Strasburg High School, has worked at Seven Bends student center, and wants to be a teacher like her mother.

Mia Croom of Woodstock is a rising senior at Liberty University majoring in special education. A graduate of Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy, she has volunteered at the Presbyterian Preschool.

The SCRTA raises money for scholarships through selling a book Changes Pave the Way that members compiled about the history of education in Shenandoah County. The book costs $18 and is available by calling Karen Whetzel at 540-740-8589. Members also pass a basket at each meeting for members to donate to the scholarship fund, and the group transfers money to the scholarship fund in memory of members who have died.

The SCRTA welcomes all educational retirees to join the group. Members are retired teachers, instructional assistants, bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, nurses and other education employees from any school division, not just Shenandoah County. The first meeting of the year will be a breakfast on the first day of school, Sept. 3. For more information, call 540-740-8589 or email kswhetzel@gmail.com.