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March 31, 2017

Who is Your +ONE?

Dania Welch, Membership / Insurance Manager

This week we launched our "+ONE" membership campaign, where we ask all PTA members to find just one additional person to become a member of PTA, thereby supporting every child in our state. Who’s your +ONE? Please like it on the NYS PTA Facebook page and Twitter account, share it on your personal and/or unit Facebook page and Twitter account, and promote the +ONE campaign to your school and community. I know together we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Insurance Update

Presidents, be on the lookout in the next week or two for your PTA Insurance invoice, which will be mailed to your home address, from AIM, our new insurance agent. Read all the details of the new program including AIM contact information HERE.

Youth Humanitarian Award – in Memory of Stanley Marcus 2017 Recipients

The Stanley Marcus Award is presented to a high school junior or senior student who best exemplifies the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus, who died in 1977 while serving as third vice president of the NYS PTA.

The state winner receives a plaque and a $250 check. Each region winner receives a plaque.

It gives us great pleasure to announce the New York State PTA 2017 Youth Humanitarian Award – in Memory of Stanley Marcus winner is:

Steven Spirakis from Garden City High School, Nassau Region

We would also like to acknowledge these region winners:

Emani Clark from Irondequoit High School, Genesee Valley Region

Sarina Divan from Williamsville East High School, Western Region

Trevor Thaine from L.A. Webber High School, Niagara Region

Michael Conklin from Port Jervis High School, Central Hudson Region

Jolissa Louissaint from Charles E Gorton High School, Westchester-East Putnam Region

Kaitlin Healy from Jamestown High School, Southwestern Region


Wellness Update

Anne Ehrlich, Health Specialist

President Trump has named NJ Governor Chris Christie to an advisory panel on the opioid use crisis.

It is not clear on whether new funding will be available, whether Medicaid expansion under the ACA will continue, or whether funds allocated under the 21st Century Cures act will be shifted to a drug control plan.

As drug deaths continue, it is important for concerned citizens to continue calls and letters of support for federal and state programs. We will keep you posted!

Upcoming Award Deadlines

Family Engagement Award in Honor of Jami-Beth Knapp

This award will recognize an individual or group of individuals, who demonstrate innovative and unique strategies to encourage and involve parents as equal partners in their child’s education. Deadline: May 15

Family Engagement Award – Online Application Form

Family Engagement Award – Online Letter of Recommendation Form

Leadership Award In Honor of Jane Skrzypek

This NYS PTA award was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Jane Skrzypek. The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding leader in your PTA who, by his or her actions, inspires others to volunteer and assume leadership positions. Deadline: June 15

Application Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skrzypek (fillable Word document)

Application Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skrzypek (PDF document)

Teacher Fellowship For Graduate Study In Memory of Richard Gazzola

The Teacher Fellowship was established in 1961 to encourage excellent teachers to stay in the classroom by providing them opportunity to improve teaching skills, update professional knowledge, and expand professional perspectives. In 1992, the Fellowship was named to honor a “Master Teacher,” Richard Gazzola, who served on the New York State PTA Board of Directors for many years prior to his untimely death in 1991. Deadline: June 15

Teacher Fellowship for Graduate Study application (fillable Word)

Teacher Fellowship for Graduate Study application (PDF)

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 can network with state PTA leaders and one another, and expand 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.



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