Friday, February 10, 2012

Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Teacher Organizations

Founders’ Day celebrated next week is a reminder of the substantial role that PTA has played locally, regionally and nationally in supporting parent involvement and working on behalf of all children and families.

PTA's founders Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Alice McLellan Birney, and the founder of Georgia's Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, Selena Sloan Butler, were women of imagination and courage. They understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to literally change the world. They had a simple idea—to improve the lives and futures of all of our children. As much as other conditions in America may have changed, that idea has not. PTAs keep it alive.

Today, PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation. Their members represent the ethnic diversity of our nation, and they come from the ranks of traditional families, single-parent households, blended families, grandparents, and other caring adults. Together, we continue to serve as the conscience of the country for children and youth.

As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.

PTA does not act alone. Working in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies, the national PTA organization collaborates on projects that benefit children and that bring valuable resources to its members.*

It is my extreme pleasure to work side by side with our PTAs and PTOs in the community of Janesville to bring a quality education to all of our students. The parents who serve in these organizations along with the Janesville Area PTA Council continue to be dedicated to improving the lives and future of all our children. Their support in our schools is important to the future of our schools and community.

THANK YOU PTA AND PTO MEMBERS for the countless volunteer hours and financial support you give to the School District of Janesville. Because of you schools have been able to purchase more technology, supplies and equipment for our children

*Information about the PTA taken from their website. (Next week more information about the Handbook)

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