THOMASVILLE – The Thomasville Thomas County Retired Educators Association is set to celebrate Retired Educators Day on November 7 after receiving an annual proclamation from Mayor Greg Hobbs.
“We appreciate City Council and the Mayor of Thomasville would recognize us that way,” said Debra Abram, president of the Thomasville Thomas County Retired Educators Association.
Georgia Day was proclaimed by Governor Brian Kemp in 2019.
Abram said that for more than 185,000 retired educators, Thanksgiving Day shows that years of service in public education have not gone unnoticed.
“There are hundreds of retired educators in Thomas County,” she noted. “It is important to take a moment to recognize the important role that educators have played in the community.
Abram herself was a librarian for 31 years at several schools, including Thomas County Middle School.
Being part of the Retired Educators Association allowed him to continue his educational service even after his retirement.
The organization was founded in the 1970s and has since recognized and created a network for retired educators.
Over the years, members of the organization support and promote local education and community service initiatives as part of their mission.
“We are always interested in education and updates on innovative programs going on in school systems,” said Abram.
COVID-19 has affected the usual celebration held on Retired Educators Day, but Abrams said she is encouraging local businesses and schools to post about it to help with the recognition day.
The annual celebration will not only thank past educators, but will also showcase the work still being done by so many.
“Although we are retired, we are still a vital part of our community,” said Abram. “We’re still working, we’re just working in a different area.”