Viewing posts from: March 2013

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 benefits of participating in the national school breakfast program with a wonderful presentation by Tracey Bates from NC DPI.”

Roseann Liberatore from Southeast United Dairy Industry Associates shared information about Fuel Up to the Play 60. Additionally, Principal Warren from Ahoskie Elementary shared the benefits that his school has realized since implementing a grab and go, alternative breakfast model for the current school year. He highlighted decreases in disciplinary referrals, absenteeism, and school nurse visits. According to Martin, He also spoke of academic gains that they have reached this year, which he partially attributes to the expanded school breakfast program.

“One of the workshop participants was actually from a local school that had just begun a Fuel Up to Play 60 program this year,” said Martin. “She was able to share her successes, and she remarked that she really enjoyed our physical activity and nutrition stations and that she hoped to implement similar programs at her school.”

At the end of the evening, participants had the chance to win kits from Fuel Up to Play 60, classroom recess kits, gift cards and other great prizes.

Thanks to the following community groups that helped make the event a success:

  • NC Dept of Public Instruction – Child Nutrition
  • NC Cooperative Extension – Hertford County
  • Hertford County Schools
  • Ahoskie Elementary School
  • Bearfield Elementary Physical Education Department
  • Vidant Wellness Center (Ahoskie)
  • Mak’s Playhouse

NCPTA High Fives Schools in Wake County That Offer SAFEchild Program

Safe Child Funny Tummy FeelingsApril 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 that parents can read aloud with their children.

This program, which is available at no charge for schools and other organizations in Wake County, is sustained by donations and volunteer support. PTA members who are interested in bringing Funny Tummy Feelings programs to their school should inquire with the guidance counselor and reach out to Pilar Jennings, SAFEchild’s Funny Tummy Feelings coordinator, for additional information.

Learn more about Funny Tummy Feelings in this NBC-17 news video.

NCPTA Announces 2012-2013 State-Level PTA Reflections Winners

Addison Bridger, Frances Lacy Elem. School, RaleighCongratulations 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 their community in voicing their needs concerning education and health/safety issues; and grow as leaders prepared to advocate anywhere and at any time.

Workshop topics for this year’s conference will include Advocacy, Common Core, Just ASK School Health Grants, Leadership Trainings for Officers, Parent Power, Resources for Military Families, and WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).

The 2013 Summer Leadership Training is combined this year with the Parent Education Conference. Registration for the conference will open April 15.

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 alternative breakfast programs at 2 to 3 schools for Universal Breakfast Pilots.

Learn more about the grant opportunities, download working copies of the application, and sign up for and applicant webinar.

All applications should be submitted online by April 19, 2013.

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.

NC Symphony Offers Special Savings for PTA Members

NC Symphony Pops Series

The Music of John Williams
April 19 & 20, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

He’s recipient of nearly 50 Academy Award nominations and the creative force behind the mesmerizing musical themes to Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jaws and so many more. John Williams has had an indelible impact on contemporary music, and you can experience it live, in a concert salute to his most electrifying scores.

Tickets regularly $56
NCPTA price: $42
Student tickets: $15 – available only by calling the box office*

Purchase Tickets Today!
Use Promo Code:  NCPTA

Details About Special Rates
Group rates guarantee the best available, Section A seating. There is a purchase limit of 20 tickets per show. Group offers are not retroactive and not available at the door. If tickets are not purchased through the link provided, the promo code will not work. There is no student ticket price for the NCS Kids and Special Events concerts.

*To inquire about student rates for events, call the box office at 919-733-2750 and ask if student tickets are available. You can also call inquire about sitting together when purchasing both student and group adult rate tickets. A valid Student ID (if applicable) is needed at the door.

The Group discount may be applicable for many other events not listed here this season. Please go to to learn more about concerts in your area. To inquire about purchasing tickets for other events using the Group discount, please call 919-733-2750 and mention NCPTA to learn about additional opportunities to save! Contact Kimberly Little at 919-789-5505 to learn more about group options.

Night with the Canes Benefits NCPTA Family Involvement Programs

Carolina Hurricanes

The North Carolina PTA has teamed up again with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring you a special opportunity. Get in on the action and take advantage of big savings on tickets for this special game night!

Hurricanes FlyerCarolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders
April 23, 2013
7 p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC

A portion of every ticket purchased through this special offer will also benefit the NCPTA family involvement programs.

Purchase Tickets Today!
Deadline to purchase tickets is April 22.

NC Symphony Offers Special Savings for PTA Members

Rhythm in Your Rubbish
Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Discover music in unexpected places when Canada’s trailblazing Platypus Theatre helps the Symphony find all the little things that ring, whistle, bang and sing! Step into a fantasy world with two colorful characters who create music and beauty with the simplest objects.

Tickets Regularly $20
NCPTA Price: $14

Purchase Tickets Today!
Use Promo Code:  NCPTA

NCPTA Gives High Five to Myrtle Grove Middle School PTSA

Take Your Family to School Week was a big success in North Carolina thanks to the hard work of PTA volunteers across the state. Myrtle Grove Middle School PTSA was one of 11 PTAs in the state to receive a National PTA grant to support family activities with an emphasis on safety at home and at play.

A big High Five goes out to the PTA members who worked to secure funding, set healthy goals and implement activities with a focus on fun! The Myrtle Grove Middle School PTSA was also awarded a Just ASK! grant from NCPTA earlier in the year, and they have had good parent participation at state events.

Families Skate to Success
PTSA members planned a series of opportunities for families throughout the week, including Skate Night which brought out 265 people for a combined health and family wellness event along with parent learning opportunities. Topics included Common Core Standards and EOG study hints to help students. The event gave parents a chance to interact with teachers and earn raffle tickets as they learned about new equipment and facilities at school. Grant funding has been instrumental in helping the school community create a sand volleyball court and purchase new recess balls and frisbee golf sets.

Myrtle Grove PTSA and WHAT (Wilmington Health Access for Teens) also attended Skate Night to assist with family involvement. Each child received take-home bag with pencils, paper, highlighters, flash drives, and other material for student learning, and one lucky winner received an iPad.

“This PTSA has been very proactive about taking advantage of opportunities to learn at NCPTA events, and our staff has been able to work with them on national grant opportunities and leadership trainings for successful projects,” said Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA. “We applaud them for their passion to build a strong team of members who want to help provide a healthy environment for learning.”