Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 15, 2020)—National PTA President Leslie Boggs issued the following statement regarding the wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state:
“National PTA is deeply concerned for all our members and the families, schools and communities affected by the wildfires across California, Oregon and the state of Washington. This is already a challenging time for families and school communities. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to everyone impacted.
“As the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the nation, it is our duty to help families and school communities as they rebuild and recover. We are committed to doing everything we can to assist those affected and help restore communities and learning environments as quickly as possible.
“National PTA offers a Disaster Relief Fund to respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system. We urge everyone to donate to the fund to help support PTAs and schools in need. We also encourage PTAs and schools impacted by the wildfires to apply for support from the fund.
“PTA also offers resources to help families and educators have conversations with children to help them deal with emotions of fear, confusion, sadness and anger they may feel after incidents like the wildfires. These resources and other tips can be accessed at PTA.org.
“Now more than ever, PTAs nationwide are working hard every day to ensure our students, families and educators are safe, healthy and have what they need. Our mission has become that much more important with the COVID-19 pandemic and following events like the wildfires.”
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