“Parent engagement is a key component to education reform. National PTA feels strongly about supporting and rewarding our parents at the grassroots level who are contributing to the reform movement every day. This special week and these grants help us do that. These parents and PTAs are not just making a difference in the lives of their children, but the lives of every child, as well,” said Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors, National PTA President.
For the sixth consecutive year, the association, made up of millions of parents and child advocates globally, is presenting grants to schools for their initiatives to engage families in their schools.
Take Your Family to School Week helps PTA further its mission as schools build stronger partnerships with families and emphasize the link between family engagement and student achievement. The timing of the week—in February—and the amount of the grants—$1,897—honor the day and year PTA was founded: February 17, 1897.
The activities planned for the week feature a variety of educational themes, like Science Discovery Day, College Fair Family Breakfast, Family Reading Night, family workshops and trainings, and Family Math Nights, among others.
This year’s grant recipients come from 18 states across the country, as well as one U.S. territory. For a complete list of 2011 PTA Take Your Family to School Week Grant recipients, or for more information on Take Your Family to School Week, visit https://pta.org/take_your_family_to_school.asp.