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125th Anniversary Advocating for Children

125 Years of National PTA’s Legacy and Impact

This year, we are celebrating the mission and work of PTA. It’s a celebration and a rededication of impactful advocacy for the betterment of all children.

Our founders were women of vision and passion. They refused to accept the status quo 125 years ago, and so we must consider, what would they think of our work today?

We won’t rest on our laurels—join us in our efforts to take their dreams into the future. 

Founding Women of National PTA


PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.


Find PTA Day of Service Events Near You

Click on your state to learn more about PTA units holding Day of Service events. Share them in your community and with your local PTA to help celebrate the impact of PTA across the country.

Map of the United States A map showing all 50 states in the US plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, The US Virgin Islands, and Armed Forces Europe and the Middle East EU DC

  • European PTA


Alaska

  • Alaska PTA


    Anchorage

    Alaska Congress of Parents and Teachers | Visit Website | TBD
    Alaska VIP Parent Teacher Association | Visit Website | TBD

    Fairbanks

    Lathrop High School PTSA | Visit Website | TBD

Alabama

  • Alabama PTA


    Madison

    Madison City Council of PTAs | Visit Website | March 30, 2022
    Rainbow Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Montgomery

    Carver Elementary and Magnet Arts PTA | Visit Website | February 28 - March 4, 2022
    Halcyon Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 29, 2022

Arkansas

  • Arkansas PTA


Arizona

California

  • California PTA


    Burlingame

    McKinley Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | May 14, 2022

    Compton

    Compton Union Council PTSA | Visit Website | March 5, 2022 and April 9, 2022

    Cypress

    Oxford Academy PTSA | Visit Website | June 18, 2022

    Eastvale

    Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School PTSA | Visit Website | April 9, 2022

    Fremont

    Ardenwood Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 18, 2022 and June 3, 2022

    Fullerton

    Fullerton Council PTA | Visit Website | April 26, 2022

    Glendale

    Benjamin Franklin Magnet Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | TBD
    Glendale Council PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Hemet

    Fruitvale Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | May 5, 2022

    Irvine

    Irvine Unified School District Virtual Academy PTA | Visit Website | Late April/Early May

    Los Angeles

    Buchanan Street Elementary PTA | Visit Website | June 4, 2022
    Rockdale Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    National City

    Palmer Way PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Norwalk

    Studebaker PTA | Visit Website | February 25, 2022

    Pleasanton

    Pleasanton Middle School PTSA | Visit Website | March 26, 2022

    Sacramento

    Hiram Johnson Warriors PTSA | Visit Website | TBD
    Tahoe Elementary PTA | Visit Website | March 5, 2022

    San Diego

    Adobe Bluffs Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    San Dimas

    Fred Ekstrand Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022

    San Francisco

    Marina Middle PTSA | Visit Website | TBD

    San Jose

    Piedmont Hills High Parent Booster Club | Visit Website | May 10, 2022

    Santa Clarita

    Sulphur Springs Community School PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Temecula

    Temecula Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 20, 2022

    Thousand Oaks

    12th District PTA | Visit Website | June 18, 2022

    Vista

    Rancho Minerva PTA | Visit Website | May 19, 2022

    Whittier

    Scott Avenue PTSA | Visit Website | TBD

Colorado

  • Colorado PTA


    Colorado Springs

    Stratton Elementary PTA | Visit Website | June 11, 2022

Connecticut

  • Connecticut PTA


    Hamden

    West Woods School PTA | Visit Website | April 9, 2022

    Hartford

    Crec Montessori Magnet School PTA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022 

District of Columbia

  • Washington, DC PTA


     

Delaware

  • Delaware PTA


Florida

  • Florida PTA


    Baldwin

    Baldwin Middle Senior High PTSA | Visit Website | TBD

    Coconut Creek

    Lyons Creek Middle PTSA | Visit Website | April 2, 2022

    Homestead

    Redland Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022

    Miami

    Winston Park K-8 Center | Visit Website | April 29, 2022

    Orlando

    Lockhart Middle School PTSA | Visit Website | March 26, 2022
    Timber Springs Middle School PTSA | Visit Website | April 9, 2022

    Tampa

    Robinson High School PTSA | Visit Website | March 14, 2022

    Valrico

    Mulrennan Middle School | Visit Website | TBD

    Wesley Chapel

    Wiregrass Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

Georgia

Hawaii

  • Hawaii PTSA


Iowa

  • Iowa PTA


    Cedar Rapids

    Franklin Middle School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

Idaho

  • Idaho PTA


Illinois

  • Illinois PTA


Indiana

  • Indiana PTA


Kansas

  • Kansas PTA


Kentucky

  • Kentucky PTA


    Georgetown

    Southern Elementary PTA Georgetown | Visit Website | TBD

    Louisville

    Whitney Young PTA | Visit Website | TBD

Louisiana

  • Louisiana PTA


    Shreveport

    Judson Warriors PTA | Visit Website | March 18, 2022

Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts PTA


    Revere

    AC Whelan Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | June 2022

    Rowley

    Massachusetts PTA - Region 4 | Visit Website | TBD

Maryland

  • Maryland


    Annapolis

    West Annapolis Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Dundalk

    Battle Grove Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | May 12, 2022

    Forestville

    Suitland High School PTSA | Visit Website | June 2022

    Lutherville-Timonium

    Ridgely Middle School PTA | Visit Website | April 3, 2022

    North Potomac

    DuFief Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Silver Spring

    Wheaton High School PTSA | Visit Website | April 2, 2022

    Sparrows Point

    Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | May 14, 2022

    Temple Hills

    Overlook Full Spanish Immersion School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Worton

    Kent County High School PTA | Visit Website | May 2022

Maine

  • Maine PTA


    Fryeburg

    Molly Ockett PTA | Visit Website | June 4, 2022

Michigan

  • Michigan PTA


    Commerce Township

    Country Oaks Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Detroit

    Nichols Elementary-Middle School PTA | Visit Website | April 2022 and May 2022

    Farmington

    Farmington High School PTSA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022 and April 30, 2022

    Livonia

    Michigan PTA | Visit Website | March 2022

Minnesota

  • Minnesota PTA


Missouri

  • Missouri PTA


    Florissant

    Barrington Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 27, 2022
    Ruth Oliver Walker Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Grain Valley

    Matthews Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 1, 2022

    Kansas City

    Crestview Elementary PTA | Visit Website | June 24, 2022

    Springfield

    Springfield Council of PTAs | Visit Website | March 5, 2022

Mississippi

  • Mississippi PTA


Montana

  • Montana PTA


    Billings

    Billings Mo PTA | Visit Website | June 18, 2022

North Carolina

  • North Carolina PTA


    Apex

    Apex Middle School PTA | Visit Website | March 26, 2022 and April 1, 2022

    Clemmons

    Clemmons Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 2022

    Durham

    Bethesda Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 2-6, 2022
    Parkwood Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | March 26, 2022

    Holly Springs

    Holly Springs Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Raleigh

    Lynn Road Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Wake Forest

    North Wake College and Career Academy PTA | Visit Website | April 2, 2022

North Dakota

  • North Dakota PTA


Nebraska

  • Nebraska PTA


New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire PTA


New Jersey

  • New Jersey PTA


    Eastampton

    Eastampton PTA | Visit Website | May 14, 2022

    Hamilton

    Klockner School PTA Inc. | Visit Website | February 2022

    Marlboro

    Frank J. Dugan Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 11, 2022

    Montclair

    Edgemont Montessori PTA | Visit Website | April 2022

    Morganville

    Asher Holmes Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 2, 2022

    Plainsboro

    Millstone River School PTA | Visit Website | May 14, 2022

    Riverdale

    Riverdale School PTA | Visit Website | May 21, 2022

    Union

    Hannah Caldwell PTA | Visit Website | March 26, 2022 and June 1, 2022
    Livingston Elementary PTA | Visit Website | June 10, 2022

    Washington

    Franklin Township PTA | Visit Website | May 28-29, 2022

New Mexico

  • New Mexico PTA


    Albuquerque

    New Mexico PTA | Visit Website | March 12, 2022
    S Y Jackson Elementary PTA | Visit Website | March 12, 2022

Nevada

  • Nevada PTA


    Henderson

    Ulis Newton Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 10, 2022

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

  • Oregon PTA


    Portland

    Harrison Park School PTA | Visit Website | Late Spring

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico PTA


     

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island PTA


South Carolina

  • South Carolina PTA


    Lexington

    Pleasant Hill Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Simpsonville

    Plain Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 8, 2022

    Taylors

    Brook Glenn Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

South Dakota

  • South Dakota PTA


Tennessee

  • Tennessee PTA


    Collierville

    Schilling Farms Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022

    Memphis

    Frayser Community PTSA | Visit Website | March 24, 2022

Texas

  • Texas PTA


    Austin

    Joslin Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 23,2022
    Summitt Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD
    Texas PTA | Visit Website | April 28, 2022

    Bedford

    Meadow Creek Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 9, 2022

    Buda

    Eric Dahlstrom Middle School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Cedar Hill

    Cedar Hill Collegiate Preparatory Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | May 21, 2022
    Permenter Middle School PTSA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022

    Corpus Christi

    Ella Barnes Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 6, 2022
    Moody Senior High PTA | Visit Website | April 20, 2022

    Dallas

    Solar Preparatory School for Boys PTA | Visit Website | August 7, 2022
    Victor H. Hexter Elementary PTA | Visit Website | March 2022

    El Paso

    Moreno PTA | Visit Website | May 1, 2022

    Fort Worth

    Keller Collegiate Academy - KCA OWLS | Visit Website | April 30, 2022
    Park Glen Elementary PTA | Visit Website | February 2022

    Garland

    Big Springs Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Georgetown

    Georgetown Council of PTAs | Visit Website | March 23, 2022

    Justin

    Northwest High School PTSA | Visit Website | April 2, 2022

    Katy

    Jo Ella Exley Elementary PTA | Visit Website | March 24, 2022

    Plano

    Gulledge Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    San Antonio

    Eisenhower Middle School PTA | Visit Website | April 2, 2022

    San Marcos

    Blanco Vista Elementary PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Sugar Land

    Settlers Way Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

Utah

  • Utah PTA


    Alpine

    Westfield PTA | Visit Website | April 15, 2022

    Kaysville

    Kaysville Junior High PTSA | Visit Website | TBD

    Riverton

    Foothills Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 9, 2022

    Taylorsville

    Calvin Smith Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022

    West Jordan

    Fox Hollow Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 13, 2022

Virginia

  • Virginia PTA


    Ashburn

    Trailside Middle School PTA | Visit Website | May 14, 2022

    Chantilly

    Westfield High School PTSA | Visit Website | April 2022

    Chesapeake

    Crestwood Intermediate PTA | Visit Website | March 19, 2022

    Chesterfield

    Salem Church Middle School PTSA | Visit Website | March 30, 2022

    Hampton

    Barron Fundamental Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | TBD

    Leesburg

    Sycolin Creek Elementary PTA | Visit Website | April 1, 2022

    North Chesterfield

    Falling Creek Middle School PTSA | Visit Website | March 29, 2022
    Meadowbrook High School PTSA | Visit Website | March 29, 2022

    Richmond

    Greenfield Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | April 30, 2022

    Virginia Beach

    Malibu Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | May 13, 2022
    Shelton Park PTA | Visit Website | June 2022

    Yorktown

    Grafton Bethel Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | March 26, 2022

US Virgin Islands

  • U.S. Virgin Islands PTA


     

Vermont

  • Vermont PTA


Washington

  • Washington PTA


    Bothell

    Canyon Creek PTA | Visit Website | May 13, 2022

    Edmonds

    Terrace Park PTA | Visit Website | April 23, 2022

    Maple Valley

    Shadow Lake Elementary School PTA | Visit Website | March 12, 2022

    Mukilteo

    Endeavour Elementary | Visit Website | TBD

    Oak Harbor

    Olympic View Elementary PTA | Visit Website | May 12, 2022

    Seattle

    Thornton Creek PTA | Visit Website | April 2, 2022

    University Place

    Evergreen Primary PTSA | Visit Website | April 22, 2022

    Wenatchee

    Lincoln Elementary PTA 11.5.20 | Visit Website | May 13, 2022

    Yakima

    West Valley High School PTSA | Visit Website | TBD

Wisconsin

West Virginia

  • West Virginia PTA


Wyoming

  • Wyoming PTA





Find Events Near You

  1. Click your State

  2. Learn about PTA events that appear below the map

No events in your state?




Quick Access

Stay engaged and explore our special 125th Anniversary Celebration resources across the following categories:

Share on Social Media

Toolkit includes a sample social media post and graphic for our 125th Anniversary and Founders' Day (Feb. 17, 2022).

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Since 1897....

 



1897


National PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America and has been the conscience of the country on issues affecting children and youth.

Our millions of families, students, educators and community leaders are:

Capitol Hill


Advocates for every child’s education and well-being

Advocate


Leaders in family, school and community partnerships

Champion


Champions for a more equitable future for all children



Membership

 



MEMBERSHIP

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of leaders across the nation, governance members, and our extraordinary volunteers and support staff, National PTA continues to help make every child's potential a reality.

Thank you....

Thank you for your diligence in working the work, helping leaders at every level remember that membership is vital to our association and that this work continues throughout the year.

Stay abreast of new membership recruitment tools and resources for all PTA leaders.

Membership is about Relationship

 

125 Days of Membership Challenge

 

Strengthen, grow and diversify your PTA’s membership with other passionate and dedicated PTA leaders just like you! Has your PTA taken the challenge?

We’ve designed a fun and membership-focused program to help you support your PTAs growth with free tools. 125 Days of Membership is a free 16-week initiative for local PTA leaders to focus on membership.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School

 

125 Ways to Increase Membership

 

The number one reason people don’t join PTA is that no one asked them to join!

Membership Growth

Use the following brochures for membership recruitment ideas that work in-person, virtually, and still more that will work in either setting!




Awareness

 



AWARENESS

For 125 years, National PTA has worked with school communities and decision-makers to solve the toughest problems in our nation’s history. It all started with our founders—Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler.

They had a simple idea—together, we can improve the future of all children. Alice and Phoebe, and later, Selena, understood the power of individual action, worked beyond the accepted barriers of their day, and took action to change the world for our children.

Our PTA History

 

National PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.

Did you know?

Our PTA members have changed the course of our nation’s history.

In the 125 years since our founding, National PTA has played a big role in historic achievements, including the establishment of public school kindergartens, child labor laws, the federal school lunch program and more.

Mothers' Congress
Mothers' Congress of 1897

 

Celebrating PTA's History

 

Take a guided tour of the National PTA Legacy Room!


Located at the National PTA headquarters in Alexandria, Va., the Legacy Room is a vibrant reminder of the Power of PTA and positive impact the association has had on the lives of children in America.

 

Five-Year Strategic Plan

 

Our strategic plan builds on PTA's values and reflects the needs and interests of the families and leaders we serve. The goal is to expand our association's work and leadership role to forward our mission and build a bright future for every child.




Advocacy

 



ADVOCACY

Just as it was with our founders, the power of today’s PTA is in our collective voice. We advocate for equity, because we know public education is our nation’s great equalizer. And we advocate for diversity and inclusion. Our families have unique needs and they need to know PTA provides a support network that is invested in their child’s success.

Take Action

 

Did you know? National PTA can help you find, contact and communicate with your officials in Congress.

Write your officials. Tell Congress what your PTA supports. Take action.

National PTA at the Capitol




Celebration

 



CELEBRATION

Why are we celebrating? This is a time to celebrate the mission and work of PTA and plan for the future. After 125 years, PTA is standing strong as a loud and proud advocate for parents, children and educators. Join us to take our mission into the future!

Smiling Children at School

Participate in our PTA Day of Service

 

Help us forward our mission! PTA has been making a difference for 125 years and there’s still so much work to do to make every child’s potential a reality. The PTA Day of Service is an opportunity for PTAs to continue that work, while giving back to their communities and increasing awareness of PTA.

Find out how you can host a PTA Day of Service event to help make a special impact on the lives of the children in your community, in celebration of our 125th anniversary.

For Your Child

 

There is No Wrong Way to PTA




Fundraising

 



FUNDRAISING

How We PTA

 

When you join PTA, you become part of a community of people who work together to ensure public schools provide a first-class education for every child to:

  • Strengthen family and community engagement in schools
  • Elevate the voices of families in critical child advocacy work
  • Support programs that help enhance a student’s learning and development

PTA’s role is more important than ever in connecting parents, teachers and administrators, and supporting critical school needs. We offer the resources and tools families need to help support their child’s success. So, we want every family in our schools to join PTA, because we can do more together than apart.

COVID-19 RELIEF CASE STUDY Executive Summary

Every PTA Has a Story! See what PTAs across the country are doing to help meet the needs of their families, school and community. Read the stories of how PTAs are making an impact!

 

Donor Commemorative Brick Inscriptions

 
Donate to National PTA and Receive a Commemorative Brick Inscription

Donors who make gifts that total $500 or $1,000 between July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 receive recognition with a special commemorative brick with custom inscription to be installed in the courtyard of the National PTA headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Help us continue to make a difference.

Pave the Path to Education Memorial Bricks 2016-2018
Prior-donor commemorative brick inscriptions in Alexandria, VA.