SAN JOSE, CALIF. (June 25, 2012)- National PTA®, in partnership with the White House and U.S. Department of Education, announced at its 116th Annual Convention and Exhibition an unprecedented opportunity to recognize extraordinary PTA volunteers.
Twelve PTA members working to improve the lives of children through involvement in PTA and education will be honored as White House Champions of Change at a special event and policy briefing with PTA leaders from across the country at the White House in August.
Individuals can nominate exemplary PTA members who have dedicated time, talent and a powerful voice to improving educational equity and opportunity for every child. To nominate someone, visit PTA.org/championsofchange by July 10th.
“As parents, both President Obama and I have so much respect for the work parents do as PTA leaders. In Washington, we aim to be a supportive partner with states, school districts and schools but we know that the real success for students happens because of the support that PTA members and teachers provide,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a video to convention attendees.
“National PTA is honored that the White House and U.S. Department of Education is looking to recognize our members for their work. Grassroots PTA members are the lifeblood of our association and they champion for children every day. There are millions of unsung heroes nationwide making a difference in the lives of all children, not just their own. Through the work that they do they are helping to ensure that our country’s best days lie ahead,” said National PTA President Betsy Landers.
The Champions of Change program was created by the White House more than a year ago and recognizes ordinary Americans across the country that are doing extraordinary work in their communities. During the last year they have held more than 40 Champions of Change events, honoring more than 500 Champions from all 50 states. National PTA is proud to partner with the White House in honoring the hard work and dedication of our nation’s parents, families and child advocates through involvement in PTA.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.