The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards $36,500 in grant money to several public-school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide. IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 38,500.
On October 8, 2019, Steve Kiesewetter from Metamora Township High School was awarded his $650 IRTAF grant check for a Real Career Electrical Wiring Kit which gives users safe, hands-on lessons on wiring common electrical circuits with instant assessment and corrective feedback.
The IRTA Foundation designed this program based on the idea that educators often do not have additional revenue sources available for unique student projects or classroom materials. This program allotted a total of $36,500 to Illinois public school educators for these purposes.
Applicants were required to meet the proper criteria and to submit their proposals by early June. The IRTAF Board of Directors selected the grant recipients and awards are being presented now. The Illinois Principals Association played a vital role in assisting IRTAF with the promotion of this program.