Viewing posts from: December 2012

NCPTA Collects Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary

The North Carolina PTA will be collecting snowflakes and making a big delivery from North Carolina citizens to the Connecticut PTSA. We thank everyone who has inquired about ways to show support.

Consider setting up a creation station in your community to help the PTA family create a winter wonderland for children from Sandy Hook Elementary. Be creative and remember that every snowflake is unique. Read more about this project coordinated through the Connecticut PTSA.

We will accept delivery of snowflakes after the holidays from January 3-8, 2013.

Deliver or Mail Snowflakes to:
3501 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612

Other Ways to Help
Organize a fundraiser or make a donation. National PTA continues to provide resources  and updates at

Thank you to all the parents, educators and community members who continue to reach out at this time. Sandy Hook Elementary will continue to need our ongoing support. NCPTA will remain in touch with National PTA and Connecticut PTSA, and we will provide you with updates and requests.

Team Up for Healthy Learning at the NCPTA Emerging Leaders Conference

The North Carolina PTA and NC Action for Healthy Kids announce the second Team Up for Healthy Learning event focused on health and effective ways to work together on school wellness.

Make plans now to join us February 9 for our next event in Raleigh at the Emerging Leaders Conference.

Highlights include a special appearance by an NFL player, fitness activities, tasting stations, grant writing tips for school projects, and announcements about grant opportunities for conference participants.

Learn more.

National PTA Shares Resources and Statement on Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (December 14, 2012)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA® President Betsy Landers:

National PTA feels enormous sympathy for the students, families and communities affected by the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., today.  Our country has experienced far too many of these tragedies, and we all share in the sense of loss and hurt.

School and child safety is one of PTA’s core tenets as it is crucial to effective learning. A traumatic event like that of this morning affects the entire community, especially the families and friends of the victims. This can be an emotional time, and it’s important for people affected by this tragedy to connect with and support each other.

National PTA has many resources to assist students, families, schools and PTAs in coping with school violence. The resources are downloadable at

National PTA believes the protection of children in all school settings is a fundamental right and has made this the utmost priority for our work and advocacy.

Media Contact:
James Martinez
Sr. Manager of Media & Public Relations

NCPTA Selects Reflections Theme Search Winners

National PTA invites student entries each year for a Reflections Theme Search. The student who submits the winning entry for 2013-2014 will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the 117th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition.

NCPTA announces the following state-level winners for the Reflections 2013-2014 Theme Search:

“I wonder if…”
Sanjit Pilli, Barringer Academic Center PTA, Charlotte

“Through the window, I see…”
Kennedy Reid, Aycock Middle PTA, Greensboro

“Differences Don’t Make Us Different”
Ella Kirkman, Northern Elem., Greensboro

“Creating A Different Future”
Vismai William Taneti, Eastern Wayne Elem., Goldsboro

“Living Green”
Vismai William Taneti, Eastern Wayne Elem., Goldsboro

Eight PTAs Receive $1000 Just ASK! Grants

During November, which is PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month, the North Carolina PTA selected eight PTAs to receive $1,000 Just ASK! grants. The recipients will receive funds to support projects that will be implemented by the end of May 2013.

The following PTAs will receive grant funding:

James B. Dudley High School
Guilford County

Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School
Moore County

McDougle Elementary School
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City

Dillard Drive Middle School
Wake County

Myrtle Grove Middle School
New Hanover County

David D. Jones Elementary School
Guilford County

Florence Elementary School
Guilford County

Apex Middle School
Wake County

This is the first cycle of grants provided through Just ASK! Future grant application opportunities will be announced Saturday, February 9 during the Team Up for Healthy Learning sessions at the NCPTA Emerging Leaders Conference in Raleigh.