Driving course cheaper for area school personnel

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AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

Through Aug. 31, all present and retired educators and school personnel are eligible to take the AARP Driver Safety classroom course for a reduced fee of $5.

“This promotion is offered to those individuals who have been an educator, or have worked for a school district or university in any capacity,” said Joe Parker, who is leading the campaign in Roane County.

“This includes everyone from custodians, secretaries, aides, preschool teachers, college professors, guidance counselors — in short, anyone who has a connection to education,” he added.

This discount applies to a course offered this month in Kingston, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16-17 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

Call Parker at 376-2949 to register or for details.

“Of course, anyone who wishes to take the course may do so,” Parker said. “The regular cost is $12  for AARP members, $14 for non-members.”

Parker said some insurance companies offer up to a 5-percent discount on automobile insurance for those who have completed the course.

Participants are urged to check with their individual insurance carriers for details.

“To participate, educators should pre-register and bring a completed $5 coupon available from the Internet at www.aarp.org/educators,” Parker said. “No identification will be required, but AARP members should have their membership number with them.”

This course is open to both AARP members and the general public. The only stipulation is that the participant must be a licensed driver of any age.