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National PTA Supports Families, Schools Impacted by Wildfires in California

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 13, 2017)—National PTA President Jim Accomando issued the following statement regarding the wildfires in Northern California:

“National PTA is deeply concerned for all of the families, schools and communities affected by the wildfires burning in California. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with everyone impacted by these devastating fires.

“As following the recent hurricanes, we remain committed to doing everything we can to support the families and school communities affected and assist them in their efforts to rebuild and recover. We urge 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. One hundred percent of donations to the fund will go directly to PTAs and schools in need and will help provide important supplies for students and teachers when schools reopen.

“In addition to National PTA’s Disaster Relief Fund, California State PTA has teamed up with Redwood Credit Union, the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Senator Mike McGuire and The Press Democrat to establish the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. We also encourage our members to donate to the fund and/or the American Red Cross Canyon Fire 2 Relief Fund to support relief efforts and provide aid to those impacted by the fires.

“Our country has endured unprecedented natural and man-made disasters the last couple of months. The need to give has never been greater and our mission at PTA has become that much more important.

“We know we can count on our PTA members across the country to come together to help meet the needs caused by the wildfires and give our children and school communities what they need to thrive.”

National PTA President Jim Accomando shared information about the association’s Disaster Relief Fund live on Facebook. Visit National PTA’s Facebook page to view the video.

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