Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Feb. 12, 2018)—PTAs and schools across the country will host a variety of events and activities Feb. 11-17 to celebrate family engagement in education as part of National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week. The week is designed to encourage families to visit their child’s school and get more involved in their education as well as strengthen partnerships between parents and teachers.
The timing of the week also honors the day PTA was founded, Feb. 17, 1897.
“At PTA, we know when families are engaged and families and schools work together, there is a positive impact on student success,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “For over 120 years, National PTA has been encouraging families to get more involved in their child’s education. Take Your Family to School Week is designed to highlight the importance of family engagement and family-school partnerships, and provide families with an opportunity to visit their child’s school.”
This school year, 55 local PTAs were selected to receive grants to host family engagement events during Take Your Family to School Week that focus on:
- Engaging whole families in reading activities to support children’s literacy skills and help foster a love of reading
- Empowering families with tools to adopt more active, healthy lifestyles
- Showcasing how students use technology in the classroom to encourage digital learning and online citizenship at home
The grants were made possible by support from PTA Proud National Sponsors the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and Google Chromebooks.
“National PTA is excited to offer PTAs resources to get even more families involved in their child’s education,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “Research proves that when families are involved at home and at school, children attend school more regularly, earn better grades, enroll in high-level programs and have higher graduation rates.”
Take Your Family to School Week reinforces PTA’s long legacy and mission to promote children’s educational success, health and well-being through strong family engagement. For more information about 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 family engagement 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.