Candy Jo Bracken
Candidate for Board Member
One day at our elementary school I said, “Hi, sweetie.” to my son’s classmate, she gave me that look. I said, “I am so sorry, I call everyone sweetie.” She told me, “That is okay, sweetie is better than what I get called at home.”
It was this moment I knew I had to be an advocate for all children not just my own. PTA is the way to make sure that happens; our mission embodies what we all want for the children of this country. Everything that we do as PTA should be one step towards from our mission. We need to make sure that every member and potential member can relate to our mission. We should be training our existing leaders and potential leaders so they can continue the mission into the future. We need to continue to provide opportunities for our members to learn, engage, grow, advocate, lead and make a difference in their communities.
We need to be open and transparent, listen and act immediately to show that we HEAR our membership. As a National PTA Board of Director, my goal will be to continue to give potential and current members the opportunity to learn about and join the best child advocacy association. It is our job as PTA leaders to help make that connection. We cannot engage new and current members in our mission if we do not live the mission every moment of every day.
We need to continue developing plans for all our PTA/PTSAs with their input. We cannot leave any congress behind in this process, each congress has something important to bring to the table and we cannot succeed without every single one on board with our next steps