ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 7, 2017)–National PTA President Jim Accomando issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Irma:
“National PTA extends our thoughts and prayers to the children, families, teachers, schools, communities and PTAs affected by Hurricane Irma, including those in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida and other southeastern states. We are deeply concerned for everyone impacted by this powerful storm.
“As the nation’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, it is our duty to support families and school communities in their efforts to rebuild and recover. We remain committed to doing everything we can to assist those affected and help restore learning environments.
“National PTA urges everyone to donate to our association’s Disaster Relief Fund, which was established to respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system. National PTA’s Disaster Relief Fund is expected to be fully depleted by our support of schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We know we can count on our PTA members across the country to help replenish the fund to meet the emerging needs caused by Hurricane Irma.
“We also encourage people to donate basic necessities and/or make a financial contribution to shelters or the American Red Cross to support the children and families that need it most.
“Additionally, National PTA remains in contact with the PTA congresses directly impacted by Hurricane Irma and encourages them to share how we can support their local relief efforts.
“PTA members work hard every day to give our children and school communities what they need to thrive. Our mission, following events like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, becomes that much more important.”
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