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PTAs and Schools Nationwide to Host Events to Strengthen Family Engagement and Support Student Success During Take Your Family to School Week

Media Contact:
LaWanda Toney
Director of Strategic Communications
703-518-1237
ltoney@pta.org

Events to kick off on February 17 in honor of PTA Founders’ Day

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 14, 2014) — In an effort to expand and enhance family engagement in education, PTAs and schools across the country will be hosting a variety of events from Feb. 17 through 21 as part of PTA Take Your Family to School Week. The weeklong initiative is designed to spotlight the importance of family-school partnerships, and this year, incorporates the theme “Supporting Student Success.” The timing of the week honors the day PTA was founded: Feb. 17, 1897.  

“Decades of research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “PTA Take Your Family to School Week is a reminder during the middle of the school year of the importance of family involvement in education. Whether attending a meeting or participating in an event, the purpose of the week is to provide families the opportunity to visit their child’s school and meet school staff and inspire them to stay involved in their child’s education.” 

Throughout the week, PTAs and schools will host family-focused events with an emphasis on the theme, including addressing risks associated with high school drop-out, preventing bullying, increasing arts participation, and improving literacy and math skills. The initiative is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA in the U.S., and a Proud National Sponsor of PTA.

“AXA is all about helping people build more secure futures,” said Faith Frank, president of the AXA Foundation. “PTA Take Your Family to School Week’s focus on promoting student success is a natural fit with that mission.”

In recognition of their efforts to improve family engagement, National PTA and AXA Foundation awarded grants to 51 local PTAs across the country to support their participation in PTA Take Your Family to School Week. National PTA also launched a digital toolkit to empower PTA leaders, teachers and administrators with resources to host family events and help build family-school partnerships.

PTA Take Your Family to School Week reinforces PTA’s legacy and mission to promote children’s educational success and health and well-being through strong family involvement.

For more information about PTA Take Your Family to School Week, visit PTA.org/tyftsw.

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.

About AXA Foundation

The AXA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AXA in the U.S., one of the nation's premier financial services organizations and a member of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial protection and wealth management. The Foundation directs the company's philanthropic and volunteer activities, working to improve the quality of life in communities across the United States. The AXA Foundation’s multifaceted signature program, AXA Achievement, supports the company’s strong commitment to Corporate Responsibility and AXA Group’s flagship theme of “Risk Research and Education,” by providing America’s youth with the access and advice to help them succeed in college and beyond.  Since AXA Achievement launched in 2003, over $22.8 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 5,100 students nationwide. For more information, visit www.axa-achievement.com or AXA’s Facebook page.