Retired teachers wanted for after-school program

Betty Allen: Finally retiring at 87.
Betty Allen: Finally retiring at 87.

Betty Allen is calling on retired teachers to dust off their chalk and take up the books again.

Miss Allen, at 87, is finally retiring from the primary learning support centre at Katoomba, which she has run for the past eight years.

The centre, at 142 Katoomba St, provides very low cost after-school coaching and extra tuition to local children.

Ms Allen is now looking for a new organiser, who would be available on Thursday afternoons from 2.30-4pm every week, starting in January 2020.

It is a voluntary position.

"Children from any school can be enrolled to get help with any subject," she said. Cost is $30 per school term.

The organiser, along with a number of other tutors on the books, take the children for an hour in groups of one or two.

"I enjoy working with the children and I enjoy knowing that what I'm doing is helping with their education. And it's all supported by the Uniting Church."

Miss Allen began teaching at the age of 18, clocking up more than 50 years at a number of schools around the state before her first "retirement".

Eight years ago she took on the learning centre, giving a much-needed leg-up to some of those who might otherwise fall through the cracks in a large classroom setting.

Anyone interested in taking on Miss Allen's role is invited to visit the centre on a Thursday afternoon in the next couple of weeks to see the coaching first hand.

Or call her on 0400 691 867.