By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
After several years of working for the Madison County School District, where she trained bus drivers for the school district and tested them for the state of Florida, as well as driving a school bus herself, Gloria McLoud retired earlier this year. She was honored along with several other retiring school employees at a banquet given by the school district as a gesture of appreciation and congratulations for its hard-working employees who were embarking on a new chapter in their lives.
For McLoud, that new chapter now finds her as the new AARP representative for Madison County, putting her driving experience to new use.
As the new representative, one of the things she will soon be doing is teaching driving classes to seniors; she is looking for a suitable venue for the classes that can accommodate several people and enable her to show driver-education videos.
The classes will meet during one day for six hours, with several breaks during that time. The payoff is a course-completion certificate that, when presented to one’s auto insurance company, can translate into lowered premiums. The certificate is valid for three years.
Although anyone over 50 is eligible for the class, McLoud wants to place a special emphasis on senior veterans for her first class or two in mid-November. First, because November is a special month for veterans, and second, because veterans and their wives can take the course for free. For other seniors, there is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for non-members.
Seniors, especially senior veterans who are interested in the course and would like more information, should contact McLoud at (850) 929-2438. The dates and times of the November classes will be determined when a venue is located. Also, anyone with information on a suitable venue that might be available can also contact McLoud at that number.