[Silva Valley Elementary School second-grade teacher Patty Pope, left, smiles after receiving a grant presented by Kathy McMurry from the California Retired Teachers Association, El Dorado County division. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick]
by Julie Samrick: It wasn’t just a regular Silva Valley staff meeting after all.
Instead members of the El Dorado County division of the California Retired Teachers Association were at the school earlier this month to surprise teacher Patty Pope with a $400 check to buy non-fiction books for her second-grade classroom.
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