The following press release has been issued by the California State PTA today, September 19, 2008. For more information, contact Carol Kocivar, California State PTA Vice President–Communications at (916) 440-1985 or visit the California State PTA website.
SACRAMENTO, CA- California’s top education leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and Secretary of Education David Long, today called on parents, teachers, and administrators to join the PTA.
Proclaiming September and October “PTA Membership Months,” Secretary Long said, “PTA support for children is critical for the future of California. I urge anyone in California who cares about children and our public schools to join the PTA. Superintendent O’Connell and I are both proud PTA members. Students truly benefit from the active involvement of caring adults and we want every school in California to have a strong PTA. Join us—join PTA!”
“Parent involvement through the PTA is critical for the success of our children,” Superintendent O’Connell said. “PTA volunteers work in schools and communities to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth.”
The California State PTA, with nearly one million volunteer members, has been instrumental in efforts to support small class size, bring arts and physical education back into our schools, and ban junk food at school.
PTA provides members with free resources and training to build leadership and parenting skills. It also provides programs on a wide range of topics, including student achievement, childhood nutrition, and prevention of violence and bullying, to increase parent awareness of issues affecting their children.
For more than a century, the PTA has been supporting and advocating for public schools, children and families under the motto “Every child, one voice.” The PTA is non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-commercial. For more information about how you can join PTA, go to www.capta.org and click on “Join PTA.”
The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communications.