Viewing posts from: June 2012

Operation Homefront Launches 2012 Back-to-School Brigade

Operation Homefront of North Carolina will be teaming up with other chapters across the nation to begin collecting donated school supplies, along with monetary donations, to be distributed to the children of service members. For more information about how your PTA members can get involved, visit

NC Prevention Partners Offers Zone Health and WorkHealthy America

Public schools in North Carolina can access free wellness programs to help create healthier school environments for students and staff. Each program has a unique assessment that provides wellness teams with graded reports and specific, tailored feedback on areas for improvement.  School wellness teams or School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) develop separate action plans for each assessment that describes goals and objectives for staff and student wellness. Learn more about a webinar scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 28 and find our how your school could become eligible for a $1,000 Zone Health Award.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Supports Science Education

Engaging children in science has been a focus of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund since it became an independent, private foundation in 1994. Learn more about two award programs that support the work of teachers in North Carolina public schools. Application deadlines are Sept. 5 & 18.

Four Teachers Selected for NCPTA Teacher Scholarship

The North Carolina PTA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 North Carolina PTA Teacher Scholarship. Each teacher will receive a $500 scholarship to assist in earning a master’s degree in education. Learn More.

Congratulations to the following teachers:

  • Leah Barber, Ephesus Road Elementary School, Chapel Hill
  • Megan Belshaw, Creedmoor Elementary School, Creedmoor
  • Felisha McGill, George Watts Elementary School, Durham
  • Rachel Pugliese, McDougle Elementary School, Chapel Hill

NCPTA Launches Just ASK! Healthy Schools Grant Opportunity

PTAs in North Carolina have the opportunity to apply for grants to receive up to $1,000 in funding support for healthy school environment projects for the 2012-2013 school year.  Learn More.

Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants Available for Local PTAs

The 2012-2013 Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant application is now available. The National PTA Grant program complements PTA’s long-standing commitment to quality arts education by providing funds to local PTAs to establish or enhance arts programs in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. The grant awards up to $1,000 in matching funds to student-centered programs geared toward sustaining and enhancing creativity and artistic values for large groups of at-risk students.Submissions are due by Friday, July 13, 2012 at 4 p.m.

NC Symphony Offers PTA Savings on Romeo and Juliet at Summerfest

Discover another side of Shakespeare in this concert of the finest musical moments inspired by The Bard. Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Dvorák are paired with Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story and delightful performances of famous Shakespeare scenes. Learn more about PTA savings on lawn tickets for Romeo and Juliet on June 30.

Four NC Students Win National Reflections Award

Congratulations to Miles Clinton of Willow Springs, Jennifer Centa of Wilmington, Sarah Heckel of Chapel Hill, and Benjamin Mowers of Kernersville for receiving National Reflections Awards. Winners were chosen from hundreds of thousands of submissions from students across the nation and in European schools serving military families who participated in this year’s program, themed “Diversity Means…”

Creative Ideas Emerge at Parent Education Conference

The North Carolina PTA hosted hundreds of parents, educators and students from across the state in Raleigh at the annual NCPTA Parent Education Conference April 27-28 at the Hilton North Raleigh.

Conference presentations and workshops focused on arts in education; the complexity of school funding, healthy school environments, measuring effective teaching, and tools for the new Standard Course of Study.

Get Inspired: Share Our Story

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation chose NCPTA as a featured organization for Inspired, an online storytelling initiative which is drawing attention to people making an impact in their communities. Each time you share our story using the icons on the site, BCBSNC Foundation will invest $1 into the work of the featured organizations, including ours. Most important, you will be helping us tell our story. Watch and share today!