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Retired teachers stepping up to provide scholarships for Raytown students

Updated: 2013-04-04T04:22:57Z

Some of these retired teachers have been out of the classroom for years, but don’t think they’ve lost interest in the welfare of students.

No way.

Not when they’ve raised $200,000 over eight years to provide 73 scholarships of at least $1,000 to graduating seniors in the Raytown School District.

On Saturday, they hope to raise more money at Scholarship Day IX, when visitors to Raytown South High School can shop for new and used items that include antiques, toys, clothing, craft items and gift certificates. Lunch will be sold for $6, and a drawing will be held for a quilt, donated artwork and other items.

The event is sponsored by the Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association. About 125 members of the group have been working on the effort, along with members of the Raytown Educational Foundation, said Howard Bell, chairman of the effort.

“To me,” said his wife, Zelia Bell, “the most interesting thing is that these are people who are retired, are getting on in years and are taking the time and spending the money to put on this event to raise money for the students and their future.”

The event, with live entertainment, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., though the lunch and sale conclude at 2 p.m. The drawing will be at 2:45.

Raytown South is at 8211 Sterling Ave.

| Elaine Adams, eadams@kcstar.com

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