One Heartland group is continuing to make sure education is a priority.
The Kirksville group of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association meets about four times a year.
The group's made up of former teachers and administrators from school districts all over northeast Missouri.
Members are the watchguards for the retirement system in the state to those who dedicated their lives to education.
They also want to keep the public school system strong.
??I think its true of many professions, especially in education. It's a career and once you had committed to children, it is a life long passion,?? said Cheryl Lock, Kirksville MRTA President.
The group also helps fund grants for northeast Missouri classrooms.
They even go to Jefferson City every year to meet with state lawmakers about education.
Members also participate in community service projects, including some at the Ronald McDonald House and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
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