Month: March 2013

House Members Introduce Bipartisan School Safety Bill

Representatives Holloway, Glazier, Faircloth, and Lucas have introduced the 2013 School Safety Act.  This bill supports funding for additional mental health counselors and school resource officers, as well as stregthens school improvement teams and school crisis plans  The bill also requires that guidance counselors spend 80% of their time providing direct services to students.  NCPTA Executive Director Debra Horton attended the press conference in support of this important bill.  The text of HB 452 can be viewed here.  

Families and Educators in Ahoskie Participate in Team Up for Healthy Learning

The North Carolina PTA and NC Action for Healthy Kids co-hosted a third Team Up for Healthy Learning event on March 14. Ahoskie Elementary hosted families and educators for an evening focused on improving school wellness environments. Approximately 75 people attended the workshop which included information on the national school breakfast program and Fuel Up to Play 60. “It was a real collaborative effort, and it was great to see some parents show up with their children,” said Sarah Martin, state coordinator for NC Action for Healthy Kids and NCPTA board member. “We were able to spend time discussing the …

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NCPTA High Fives Schools in Wake County That Offer SAFEchild Program

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and NCPTA wants to make sure PTA members and families know about the resources provided by SAFEchild. A big high five goes to all Wake County parents and educators who have helped SAFEchild provide the Funny Tummy Feelings program in schools. SAFEchild empowers more than 6,500 students every year with this interactive program that teaches children skills to protect themselves from physical and sexual abuse. Funny Tummy Feelings also informs children how to make appropriate decisions in a variety of situations. If Funny Tummy Feelings is not available in your area, SAFEchild provides helpful content and messages …

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NCPTA Announces 2012-2013 State-Level PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to students in North Carolina who placed at the state level for PTA Reflections, a national arts recognition program that encourages students to explore their talents and express themselves. First-place winners move on to the National PTA competition. View a full listing of category placements for dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts. Join us at the NCPTA Reflections Celebration on April 20 to celebrate these young artists!

National PTA Secretary-Treasurer to Speak at Parent Education and Leadership Conference

Laura Bay, secretary-treasurer of National PTA, will address hundreds of parents and educators in North Carolina at the NCPTA Parent Education and Leadership Conference, which will be held May 31 – June 1, 2013, in Raleigh. Bay has been involved in local unit, council, and regional PTA activities for many years. She has volunteered in a variety of PTA committee member and leadership positions, including serving as the Washington State PTA president in 2007-2009. Bay believes that the power of PTA is found in the passionate and diverse volunteers who share a common desire to reach out and engage parents; support …

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House Members Introduce School Performance Bill and Bus Safety Bill

House Bill 435 School Performance Grades was introduced today.  This bill provides for the calculation of school performance scores by the State Board of Education. House Bill 428 North Carolina School Bus Safety Act was also introduced.  This bill increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

Action for Healthy Kids Offers School Grants

School Grants for Healthy Kids are available for the 2013-2014 school year. Action for Healthy Kids has officially opened applications for grants to create or expand school breakfast programs. PTAs, individual schools, or districts may apply for these funds. PTAs that wish to apply for the grants must work cooperatively with the principals and child nutrition managers in their schools to oversee the grant process. There are two different grant opportunities for school communities in NC: Single School grants of $1,500 to support school breakfast creation and/or expansion to include alternative breakfast programs District grants of $5,000 to pilot universal …

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PTAs Win Bronze Acorn Membership Award from NCPTA

The North Carolina PTA recognizes PTAs across the state throughout the year for building strong teams of parent, teacher and community volunteers. The Bronze Acorn Award acknowledges teams whose membership as of March 15 has increased by at least 10 percent compared to the previous year. Learn more about the Membership Record Awards. Read the full list of recipients for the 2012-2013 Bronze Acorn Award.

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