James Martinez, Senior Manager Media Relations
PTAs Nationwide Host Events to Raise
Family Engagement, Safety Awareness
All part of National PTA Take Your Family to School Week,
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (February 19, 2013)—Families across the country are helping kick-off National PTA Take Your Family to School Week® by participating in special events throughout the week to increase family engagement with an emphasis, this year, on safety at home and at play. The timing of the week—in February—honors the day PTA was founded: February 17, 1897.
“It’s simple, family engagement equals student achievement. Although it’s an easy equation, Take Your Family to School Week is a perfect reminder for parents that being engaged is not only important during back-to-school time but year-round,” said Betsy Landers, National PTA President.
To recognize PTAs, schools and families for their efforts to promote family engagement and raise safety awareness, National PTA presented 100 PTAs nationwide with $500 grants provided by the AXA Foundation. Each grant recipient demonstrated how they will improve family engagement and safety awareness in their school communities. A Proud National Sponsor of PTA since 2005, the AXA Foundation—the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable—is again pleased to sponsor Take Your Family to School Week.
In its eighth year, National PTA collaborated with Safe Kids Worldwide to develop-easy-to understand lesson plans and take home tips that teach and remind families about being safe at home and at play, with a specific focus on prevention of fires, burns, scalds, falls and poisoning, and playground safety. A full list of resources can be found at PTA.org.
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 Equitable, 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 country where AXA has a presence. 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 $21.5 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 4,800 students nationwide. For more information, visit www.axa-achievement.com or AXA Equitable’s Facebook page.
About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the U.S. and in 22 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 53 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.