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National PTA Stands With Families, Schools Impacted by Wildfires

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 8, 2017)—National PTA President Jim Accomando issued the following statement regarding the wildfires in Southern California:

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

“As with the wildfires in Northern California, 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.

“This has been an especially tough year for so many families, schools and communities in the wake of the wildfires, hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. The need to give has never been greater and our mission at PTA has become that much more important, particularly among the holiday season.

“The response to each unprecedented disaster our country has endured the past few months has reaffirmed that we can continue to count on our PTA members across the country to 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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