We are retired education professionals who have determined to extend our involvement in the mission of Polk Education Association and the Florida Education Association and their affiliates.
The initial members who founded PEAR in 1987 have grown to over 140 members: And, we are still growing! Also, we are part of the over 4,500 FEA-Retired members in Florida and over 335,000 NEA-Retired members nation wide.
Some PEAR Benefits
Least expensive Medigap insurance
Political power through lobbying
Work with partner organizations at the national level to protect Social Security, Medicare
Long Term Care Coverage
Million-dollar liability insurance for substitute teachers
Low interest credit card
Help with refinancing or buying a home
Vision, prescription, and travel discounts
Group Auto and Home Insurance
Travel, hotel and car rental savings
The FEA Access card program provides savings up to 50% off at over 300,000 locations nationwide. You save money at home or when you travel.
We are: Still Involved Still Serving
PEAR members are busy in the community volunteering in a wide range of projects.
This past year saw a change in the way some could volunteer due to Covid 19. While the total number of volunteer hours was less than usual a total of almost 7,000 volunteer hours have been reported.
Thanks to all who give of their time to support others!
PEAR embraces the mission of our state organization and seek to apply it in our county. "It is our mission to enhance the commitment to a unified vision for the (Polk Education Association retirees) Florida Education Association retirees and to establish strategic directions to providing retirement with dignity, promoting quality public education, and advocating for human, civil and economic rights for all.
PEAR support of and participation in the HEARTH PROJECT is major and ongoing. School supplies are collected by PEAR members for donation to the Project throughout the year. We have also provided hygiene kits.
Members can drop off supplies at the PEA OFFICE in Bartow, 730 E Davidson Street. Also, anyone can send checks for supplies to PEAR at the Bartow address and supplies will be purchased and delivered to the district office.
Each school year between 3 and 4 thousand Polk County Public School students experience homelessness and additional students are at risk of being homeless. PEAR is proud to be apart of this service to our students by providing school supplies and hygiene products. We know that when students have the tools needed to learn the the work of the teacher is easier.
PEAR recognizes that copy paper is "pure gold" to class room teachers. Therefore each school year as many as 80 reams of copy paper are put in the hands of teachers. That works out to an over $600 value of direct support to teachers.
PEAR supports the Jack Kinnaman Scholarship Fund. Named for the original Cat in The Hat educator, this NEA Foundation administered fund provides scholarships to Individuals preparing for a career in education. Our current contribution is $1.00 per member.
PEAR works with FEA-Retired to award grants to active FEA members to provide that little extra that will enhance the learning experience for students. The grants are awarded on the basis of innovative ideas of engaging students in learning activities that stimulate and motivate. Grants are awarded toward the end of the first semester. The grant is for $150.00.
PEAR initiated a forum for school board candidates several years ago and has been joined by PEA in sponsoring an event each election cycle. Many PEAR members choose to donate to the PEA Political Action Committee. A significant number of members are actively engaged in political actions in the county, state, and nationally. We are particularly engaged in issues related to retirement and public education.