Viewing posts from: August 2013

Three PTAs in NC Receive National Healthy Lifestyle Grants

The North Carolina PTA proudly announces that three of only 25 National PTA Healthy Lifestyle: Energy Balance 101 Grants were awarded to PTAs in North Carolina.

Each of the following local PTAs will receive a $2,000 grant:

  • Allen Jay PTA, High Point
  • Irving Park Elementary School PTA, Greensboro
  • Wake Forest Elementary School PTA, Wake Forest

“We applaud our local PTA members for their dedication to improving school communities by creating healthier environments,” said Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA. “Our staff and board of directors work hard to make sure our PTA members are aware of national resources and opportunities to help meet their community goals.”

The goal of this grant program is to provide local PTAs with resources to educate families on the importance of energy balance, good nutrition, and physical activity to achieve an active, healthy lifestyle. It also aims to empower families to partner with schools to advocate for and support the implementation of healthy changes; provide families with tools to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes at school.

Grant recipients will implement a variety of things, including family education events, family-school partnerships. The local PTAs will also have the opportunity to participate in a webinar training on Energy Balance 101 curriculum and PTA tools. Grant recipients will also be asked to use evaluations forms, and they will have the opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey at the conclusion of the grant.

Learn more about the Healthy Lifestyle: Energy Balance 101 Grants.

Advocacy Tips and Nonprofit Guidelines Webinar Offered for PTAs in NC

Advocacy Tips and Nonprofit Guidelines Webinar
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
1 – 2 p.m.

Register Today!

PTA members care deeply about policies impacting children, and PTAs are uniquely positioned to share information and engage elected officials in conversations about current issues and policies. The ability and power to provide a strong unified voice for children is one of the most cherished aspects of PTA.

PTAs can and should advocate but are prohibited as 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in political activities or endorsing political candidates.

Join Ashley Perkinson, NCPTA attorney and lobbyist, September 6 at 1 p.m. for a webinar discussion on advocacy tips and nonprofit guidelines.

Enrollment is Open for the National PTA School of Excellence Program

Whether you are looking to step-up your PTA’s involvement in school improvements or something meaningful is happening between your PTA and school that deserves recognition, you will soon have a new opportunity to make a substantial, positive impact on school and student success.

National PTA has rejuvenated the School of Excellence program to help PTAs strengthen the family-school partnership and make measurable progress together in one of three areas:

  • Education
  • Health and safety
  • Arts and cultural exploration

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

Get on the National PTA School of Excellence map! 
Take the First Step – Enroll before September 30, 2013! Contact excellence@pta.org for more information.

NFL, National PTA Join Forces on Youth Health and Fitness

The NFL and National PTA will launch a nationwide partnership on youth health and fitness this fall. The “Back to Sports” initiative will help PTA leaders across the country educate their communities on youth wellness—from concussion education to NFL PLAY 60 tips on nutrition and staying active. Local PTAs will plan “Back to Sports Nights,” engaging parents and community leaders on ways to help their kids stay safer and healthier as they head back to the sports field this fall.

Read the press release about the initial partnership announcement, which was made at the National PTA Convention in Cincinnati.