Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association


Manhattan, Kansas


MAREA Activities


Community Services

    MAREA supports numerous community service programs even though only one, scholarships, is specified in our constitution.   Also awarding scholarships is supported by all members.  Consequently, it has been set aside as a separate topic (see side bar on the left.)   All the other community service programs were either initiated by members or were existing programs that members chose to promote.  Those programs are listed alphabetically below.   MAREA also helps the efforts of other community organizations by providing a forum through which requests for volunteers and/or material items can be made during our meetings.   Support such as this is natural because the motto of the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), to which MAREA is affiliated, is "To Serve and Not To Be Served."  

    Besides scholarships the community service projects directly supported by the MAREA membership are as follows.  (Click on any highlighted title to learn more about that program.)

  • Big Brother Big Sisters of Manhattan program is assisted by a number of MAREA members, some directly and several through the "Bowl for Kids' Sake".

  • Collections for Kansans is a program started in 1999 by a MAREA member through which items donated by members at the monthly meetings are passed to designated community service organizations.

  • Douglass Center Hand-to-Hand Program is a national award (NRTA, 2000 With our Youth!) winning tutoring program for community K-12 children started in 1996 by MAREA members.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the Manhattan Public Library is supported by several MAREA volunteers.  The program is called "Bytes of English" because the instruction is computer based.

  • Help International Students (HIS) program in Manhattan, Kansas is overseen by a group of city churches along with several campus religious organizations at Kansas State University.  Several MAREA members help with this program.

  • The Riley County Health Fair.  Each year the Riley County Health Department conducts a five-day Health Fair at which county residents can get common blood tests and/or selected examinations at substantially reduced rates.  For many years MAREA members have assisted with registration of the participants.

  • Special Olympics:  MAREA members often help with local fund raising efforts and with local Special Olymics events.


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Joining MAREA

Current Yearly Dues
MAREA  $10.00
KARSP    $15.00

What do the dues do?
State dues provide, among other things, a dedicated voice in the Kansas legislature speaking for retired school personnel. MAREA unit dues help support the monthly meetings, an annual yearbook, and a semiannual newsletter. They also contribute to our scholarship awards and to the costs of distributing information of interest to retired educators.

If you want to join, or if you just want more info, please e-mail us by clicking here.   If your e-mail program does not automatically open by "clicking here" then address your message to:
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  To view the home page for the Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel (KARSP) click anywhere on that title.  From their home page you can navigate to "News," "Calendar," etc. to get more detailed information on current events and other items.
   To view the home page of the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), AARP's Educator Community, click anywhere on that title.  From their home page you can navigate to "Educator News", "Retired Educator Associations", and much, much more.