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  1. PTA Founders Day Celebrating over 100 years of child advocacy

  2. PTA Mission The mission of the PTA is threefold: • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

  3. In 1897 America:

  4. “Each day that you fail to advocate,Each day that you ignore an act of discrimination,Each day you accept another injustice,You accept a society that is going to kill your children.” - William L.E. Dussault

  5. National Congress of Mothers Founded 1897 Alice McLellan Birney Phoebe Apperson Hearst

  6. National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Founded 1926 Selena Sloan Butler


  8. THEN - PTA was a driving force in: • Child labor laws • Kindergarten • Public health service • Hot lunch programs

  9. AND NOW – PTA is still a driving force • Juvenile justice system • Mandatory immunizations • Seat belts • Bicycle helmets • And so much more…

  10. Our PTA Founders’ Vision Lives On

  11. Information Sources • Your PTA meetings, newsletters, email communications and website • PTA Council or Region newsletter, website • Florida PTA Bulletin, website at, legislative alerts and state office at (800) 373-5782 • National PTA Our Children magazine, website at, This Week in Washington and national office at (800) 307-4PTA • School district administration office, School Board and Superintendent, school board meetings, school district web site • Your Legislators’ offices • Florida Legislature website - Online Sunshine with links to House and Senate • The media – newspapers, television, and online

  12. Share what you know! Be a Voice for Children!

  13. PTA members are proud to be Powerful, Tenacious Advocates! The Advocate's Credo..... Thou art my child, my parent, and my elder, I love thee best; But could not love thee half as much, Loved I not all the rest. Source - Jack Levine, Founder 4Generations Institute

  14. Celebrate Founder’s Day! • Display pictures and memorabilia describing PTA’s more than 100-year history • Research and draw up your PTA’s historic milestones • Observe the inclusiveness of PTA’s founding by organizing a culture festival celebrating your community’s various ethnic and cultural groups. • Present Honorary Life Memberships to past PTA presidents and other volunteers who have made a tremendous impact in their communities. • Invite all past living PTA presidents to attend a special meeting. • Recite the mission of the National PTA at a special meeting. • Send a Founders Day gift to National PTA, such as $1 for each year of membership or $1 for every unit chartered. • Locate and highlight any resolutions that your PTA sent forward to the state or National PTA. • Share information from the National PTA through mailings to members. • Celebrate each year of National PTA with a scoop of ice cream to be shared with students at a special party. • Challenge students to research PTA and create a school display or mural. • Ask local grocers and vendors to print PTA anniversary messages on their bags. Ref: National PTA Annual Guide for PTAs, Programs Section, Founders Day

  15. “There is only one child in all the world, and his name is All Children.” – Carl Sandburg