CHICAGO (November 11, 2008) – Very much like the United States presidential election, there was a record voter turn out in the Carrots versus Cherries election at the Memorial PTA Harvest Fair in McMinnville, Ore. The Fruit Party candidate won by such an unbelievably wide margin, that the PTA suspected ballot tampering and demanded a recount to no avail.
Memorial PTA is just one of thousands of PTA schools across the country conducting activities to promote PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month. The school is also one of only 22 local PTA schools that received a grant of up to $1,000 in honor of the special month.
PTAs support PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month through activities they have planned to: promote health and wellness and parent involvement in their schools; emphasize the link between involvement and student achievement; and further PTA’s mission.
“We’re proud to see parents at the grassroots that are helping their school and other parents remember that a healthy child is more likely to achieve. That’s why PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month is so important, because it calls much needed attention to child health and wellness,” said Jan Harp Domene, National PTA president.
Knowing that a healthy child can achieve and learn more, PTAs are encouraging families to increase their physical activity and learn to eat healthier by hosting walkathons, and health fairs, as well as bike-to-school programs and ‘family fit nights,’ among other events. To learn what schools are doing in your area, contact national PTA’s media relations office.
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month is supported by education and community leaders, including Action for Healthy Kids; National School Boards Association; National Association of School Nurses; National Association of Health Education Centers; and Family Voices.
As the nation’s largest volunteer parent organization, PTA comprises more than 5 million members, including parents, students, educators, school administrators, and business and community leaders. With more than 25,000 local units, PTA flourishes in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned about the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.