As part of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, the Scotland County Area Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association (SCARTA) works to further the education needs of its community and others across the state.

The MRTA recently presented a check representing nearly $18 million in community service hours donated in 2018 to Missouri’s citizens. MRTA members reported volunteering 721,893 hours back to their communities during 2018. Washington D.C.’s Independent Sector places a value of $24.69 per hour for commu­nity volunteers. In addition to hours of service, members also reported donating 58,081 food items and cash donations exceeding $729,490 to food pantries and food banks within their communities.

Community Service is a key component of MRTA’s 145 local units, including Scotland County.

The group’s more  than 28,000 members across the state participate in statewide community service projects including, Community Hunger Action Program and the Ronald McDonald Tab Top Collection Program. They also donate their time working at soup kitchens, local churches, charity events, senior centers, visiting pa­tients in hospitals and nursing home residents, and mentoring students.

MRTA, organized in 1960, is a grassroots not-for-profit corporation working exclusively for retired school per­sonnel.

The SCARTA meets four times each year to further its mission to support the local school. Officers are: Julie Clapp – president, Rhonda McBee – vice-president, June Kice – treasurer and Debbi Caldwell – secretary.