California Educator

February 2012

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Calexico pajama party for literacy ABOUT 150 CHILDREN in pajamas assembled for the 13th annual Camarena Memorial Library Pajama Party in January. The event in Calexico was sponsored by community project grants from CTA and Associated Calexico Teachers to promote literacy. The grants will also help pay for similar free events at the library throughout the year with crafts, games, snacks, raffles, and every child taking home a free book. Another event is planned in March to celebrate Read Across America. "It's an opportunity to give back to our community and show that we're supporting literacy," says CTA member Chad Cooper. NEED HELP WITH YOUR 403(b) or 457 PLAN? If you need help understanding your 403(b) or 457 plan, can help. We've developed four new, 1 brief videos – none longer than 6 1 /2 minutes – that can provide a wealth of information about planning for retirement and your 403(b) or 457 plan. ✔ What Educators Need to Know about Social Security ✔ The Impact of Fees on Your 403(b) or 457 Plan ✔ Finding a Trustworthy 403(b) or 457 Plan Advisor ✔ The Truth about Variable Annuities Get ready for Read Across America GET PREPARED for Read Across America this March with Gabby and Gator, written and illustrated by James Burks, and Boris Ate a Thesaurus, written by Neil Klayman and illus- trated by Barry Chung. Established to promote literacy, Read Across America is celebrated each year on or near March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. To plan an event at your school consult your librarian, who may have event ideas and resources to offer; invite guest readers to visit your school; and share your plans with colleagues. For more info on Read Across America, visit Don't be sold – be informed at! This is your resource for retirement planning. No login is required, so visit today. February 2012 / 27 Illustration © 2011 by Barry Chung Photos by Lizeth Legaspi and Judith Mazon

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