From the National PTSA:
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 the White House
of Change website by July 10.
“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
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
To nominate: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/nominate