The Greece Teachers Association recently established its Social Justice Team to help causes in the community and it’s newest initiative, Kindergarten to College, plans for all Greece kindergarten students to have New York state 529 savings plans.

The group chose English Village Elementary School with its 150 kindergarten students as its pilot school. GTA hopes to have a 529 account set up for each student, and will match the initial $25 deposit for each kindergarten student as an incentive to open an account.

GTA plans on familiarizing teachers, counselors and administrators in the school building about the 529 savings program, and then working with parents to set up accounts. It has raised enough funds for this year, and is looking for donations for next year’s effort. Greece has 800 kindergarten students in the district, so GTA needs to raise $20,000 to keep the program going.

Another project the team organized was the Operation Warm Coat Drive with the Ridge Road Fire District firemen. The project delivered over 300 new coats to children in Greece schools, and GTA plans to expand into more schools with the help of the North Greece Fire Department.

The team was able to work with the district to lower the cost of school supplies through families through teacher-developed supply lists and better bulk-purchasing practices.

The National Education Association recently granted GTA $25,000 to continue its efforts. For more information, call 585-621-7970.