For the Troy Daily News
TIPP CITY — When there is a need in the classroom or in the community, Tipp City teachers are working to fill it.
On Dec. 10, Tipp teachers met at the Board of Education parking lot to donate more than 1,000 cans of food for families this holiday season. All items will be donated to the Food Pantry of the Ginghamsburg Church’s New Path Ministries.
Although the economic recession is officially over, Tipp teachers see needy children every day in their classrooms. Organized by the Tipp City Education Association (TCEA), each donated can represents one extra hour worked by one Tipp teacher during the week of Nov. 30.
“The can count represents every hour that teachers in the district work beyond our stipulated contract hours,” Sally Beam, kindergarten teacher and TCEA representative said.
Working beyond the work day reflects TCEA’s mission of “Keeping Excellence a Tradition.”
Teachers and parents know that children cannot learn without sufficient nutrition. They also know that public schools cannot properly educate children without dedicated employees.
“Food pantries are always in need of donations,” said Heather Yunker, TCEA president. “And this time of year, can be especially difficult for families.”
TCEA represents dedicated Tipp teachers working beyond what is expected to make a difference. Any community organizations interested in collaborating with Tipp teachers are encouraged to contact Heather Yunker at 667-2275.