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Retired teachers' group gives out scholarshipSubmitted: 07/10/2013
Story By Lex Gray


RHINELANDER - Retired Rhinelander educators want to help teachers-in-training pay for school.

The Rhinelander Area Retired Educators' Association has been around for decades.

But for the first time, the group gave out a $1,000 scholarship.

They plan to give one every year to a college student who wants to go into education.

Janice Lambele remembers when she had to wear dresses, skirts, and high heels in the classroom.

A lot has changed since then.

"I think the kids are a bigger challenge now because of the TV and the games and everything, but it's wonderful, they ask questions," Lambele said. "Whereas when I was there [...] it was always so quiet. Nowadays, the kids are so verbal and open that's what's changed. But as far as what we do and the results, that hasn't changed much."

Michelle Sweet won the first scholarship.

She has an Associate's Degree from Nicolet, and is going on to study biochemistry at UW-Milwaukee.

She's excited for the changes in education.

"I actually think that education is always changing, because there's always more to learn and I'm excited to learn it," Sweet said. "So I'm actually pretty excited about it, like - bring on the new stuff!"

The group paid for the scholarship by holding a rummage sale.

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