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February 17, 2017

Be #PublicSchoolProud!

NYS PTA, NYSUT and the New York State Council of School Superintendents launched a positive and pro-active statewide campaign to help you share why you are #PublicSchoolProud, and to encourage you to declare:


Although Valentine's Day is over, you can still share why you love public schools.

Check out and show and share your love for New York’s public schools! #PublicSchoolProud #ILovePublicSchools

There are infinite ways for you to customize and share the campaign in your community and beyond, building on the themes of #PublicSchoolProud and #ILovePublicSchools.

Please join our campaign now and share your love for your public school!

Do You Know When Your Unit Was Founded?

Lori Fontana, Membership Coordinator and Dania Welch, Membership/Insurance Manager

Founders Day is celebrated each year on February 17 to honor the founding leaders of the New York State PTA.

Does your unit celebrate its Founders Day? Here are some ideas to try:

  • Request that your town’s mayor issue a proclamation in honor of PTA’s birthday. Invite the mayor to bring his or her family to your meeting and sign the proclamation during a special ceremony.
  • Start a “PTA Hall of Fame” for people who have made significant contributions to your PTA. Make a decorative bulletin board that features photos of inductees and descriptions of their achievements. This can be the beginning of a tradition that your PTA adds to each year.
  • Create a photo collage that highlights events in the history of your PTA. Distribute a list of your PTA’s achievements, as well as those of the National and NYS PTA.

Is your unit celebrating membership?

  • Are you one of the 220 units who have already met their membership goal? Congratulations!
  • Are you one of the 178 units who are less than 10% away from reaching their membership goal?
  • Are you one of the 239 units who are less than 20% away from reaching their membership goal?

Earn more chances to win cash prizes for your unit by participating in the Membership Contest.

Don’t forget to register all your members on the Membership Portal!

March is Advocacy Month

Susanne Smoller, Legislation Coordinator

March is NYS PTA Advocacy Month. We have streamlined advocacy resources to make it simple for all members to Take Action and to share. Check the Advocacy Page of NYS PTA's website.

Your unit, council and region can use the NYS PTA Advocacy Calendar as a guide to plan your advocacy efforts.

To stay up to date on monthly advocacy issues and events throughout the state, check our Advocacy Newsbriefs page.

March 6, 2017 begins NYS PTA’s first Lobby Week. PTA Region and Local Key Advocacy Partners from across NYS will be heading to the Capitol on March 13, 2017 to advocate on four key issues:

NYS PTA recently provided testimony on the NYS Education Budget. You can share this testimony with your school officials and PTA members as part of your advocacy efforts.

Remember, you are not alone. NYS PTA is here to support your local advocacy.

SLC Save the Date!

Carol Raymond, Operations/Events Manager

Summer Leadership Conference | July 21-23, 2017, Utica College

Utica College is a casual, relaxing and scenic environment where PTA members from around the state have an opportunity to network with state PTA leaders and one another, and to expand their leadership skills.

Past attendees have found the information interesting, useful, motivational and supportive. It is also a great opportunity to meet new PTA friends and share ideas.

This year we are looking to the future of PTA! Save the date to join us and learn how you can take your PTA unit to new and exciting places.


Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter

Milena Din, Diversity Coordinator

How important is diversity, inclusion and equity?

The National Council of Nonprofits has tools and resources to help create and promote diversity. Does your board reflect your community?

Spread the Word: National PTA Award and Grant Opportunities!

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award: Apply by March 17

The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes one local, one district/council and one state PTA that best exemplify a committment to diversity and inclusion. The awardees will be honored at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Apply here today.

Mary Lou Anderson Grants: Apply by March 17

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Apply here today.


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