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Congratulations Bronze Acorn Winners!

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 PTAs 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 2017-2018 Bronze Acorn Award.

2017-2018 Bronze Acorn Award Recipients

We applaud the following PTAs for increasing volunteer membership to 10 percent more than the previous year by March 15.

John C. Tayloe Elem School PTA

Southport Elementary School PTA
Virginia Williamson Elem. PTA

East Burke Middle School PTA

Harrisburg Elementary School PTA

Granite Falls Middle School PTA
Sawmills Elementary School PTA
William Lenoir Middle School PTA

Hickory Career & Art Magnet PTA
Southwest Primary School PTA
W.M. Jenkins Elem. School PTA

Margaret B. Pollard Middle School PTSA
Moncure Elementary School PTA
Northwood High School PTSA
Perry Harrison Elementary PTA
Pittsboro Elementary School PTA
Siler City Elementary School PTA
Virginia Cross Elementary School PTA

Andrews Elementary School PTA

White Oak Elementary School PTA

Brinson Elementary PTA

Armstrong Elementary School PTA
Benjamin Martin Elem. School PTA
Brentwood Elementary School PTA
Cliffdale Classical Elementary PTA
Cumberland International Early College High PTSA
Cumberland Road Elem. School PTA
Gray’s Creek Elementary PTA
Gray’s Creek Middle School PTA
J.W. Seabrook Elem. School PTA
Massey Hill Classical High PTA
Seventy-First Classical Middle PTA
Stedman Primary School PTA

Cape Hatteras Elem. School PTA

Thomasville High School PTA

Bethesda Elementary School PTA
Brogden Middle School PTA
Charles E. Jordan High School PTSA
City of Medicine Academy PTSA
Club Blvd. Humanities Magnet PTA
E.K. Powe Elem. School PTA
Friends of Lakewood Elementary PTA
Hillside High School PTSA
Lakewood Montessori Middle PTA
Parkwood Elementary School PTA
Rogers Herr Middle School PTA
Southern School of Energy & Sustainability PTSA

Atkins High School PTA
Caleb’s Creek Elementary PTA
Calvin Wiley Middle School PTA
Carter High School PTA
Diggs-Latham Elementary Magnet School PTA
East Forsyth Senior High PTSA
Glenn High School PTSA
Hanes Magnet School PTA
Aeronautics Academy PTA
Kimmel Farm Elementary PTA
Lewisville Elementary School PTA
Meadowlark Middle School PTA
Mineral Springs Elem. School PTA
North Hills Trad. Acad. Elem. PTA
Piney Grove Elementary School PTA
Reagan High School PTSA
Smith Farm Elementary School PTA
The Special Children’s School PTA
Thomas Jefferson Middle Sch PTA
Walkertown High School PTSA
Walkertown Middle School PTSA
Wesley B. Speas Elem. School PTA
Whitaker Elementary School PTA

Franklinton Elementary School PTA

Bessemer City Middle School PTA

Buckland Elementary School PTA

Creedmoor Elementary School PTA

Bluford Elementary S.T.E.M Academy PTA
Calvin Wiley Elem. School PTA
Claxton Elementary School PTA
Dudley Senior High School PTSA
Frederick Archer Elem. School PTA
Greensboro Middle College High PTSA
Hairston Middle School PTA
Northern Guilford Middle School PTSA
Oak Hill Elementary School PTA
Oak View Elementary School PTA
Southern Guilford Elem. School PTA
Stokesdale Elementary School PTA
Vandalia Elementary School PTA
Weaver Education Center PTA

Aurelian Springs Institute of Global Learning PTA PTA
Enfield Middle School PTSA
Pittman Elementary School PTA
Scotland Neck Primary School PTA

Junaluska Elementary PTA

Cullowhee Valley School PTA
Scotts Creek Elementary School PTA

Benson Elementary School PTA
Benson Middle School PTA
Clayton High School PTSA
Clayton Middle School PTA
McGee’s Crossroads Elementary PTA
North Johnston Middle School PTA
Pine Level Elem. School PTA
Riverwood Elementary School PTA
South Smithfield Elementary PTA
West View Elementary School PTA
Wilsons Mills Elem. School PTA

Banks Elementary School PTA
Contentnea-Savannah School PTA
Northwest Elementary School PTA

Iron Station Elem. School PTA
Norris S. Childers Elementary PTA

Jamesville Elementary School PTA

Albemarle Road Elem. School PTA
Bain Elementary School PTA
Billingsville Elementary PTA
Briarwood Academy PTSA
Cato Middle College High PTSA
Cotswold Elementary School PTA
Eastover Elementary School PTA
First Ward Creative Arts Academy PTA
Grand Oak Elementary PTA
Hawk Ridge Elementary School PTA
Highland Creek Elementary School PTA
Highland Mill Montessori PTA
Hopewell High School PTSA
Hornets Nest Elementary School PTA
Joseph W. Grier Academy PTA
Lake Wylie Elementary School PTSA
Lawrence Orr Elementary School PTA
Mallard Creek Elem. School PTA
Northeast Middle School PTSA
Northridge Middle School PTSA
Palisades Park Elementary PTSA
Parkside Elementary School PTA
Ridge Road Middle School PTSA
Rocky River High School PTSA
Tuckaseegee Elementary School PTA
University Meadows Elementary PTA

Vass Lakeview Elem. School PTA

Rocky Mount Preparatory School PTA

New Hanover   
Bradley Creek Elem. School PTA
Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School PTA
Emma Trask Middle School PTA
John J. Blair Elem. School PTA
Wrightsville Beach Elm. School PTA

McDougle Elementary School PTA
Smith Middle School PTSA

Weeksville Elementary School PTA

North Topsail Elem. School PTA

G. Cox Middle School PTA
Elmhurst Elementary School PTA
Grifton Elementary School PTA
Pactolus Elementary School PTA
Ridgewood Elementary School PTA
Wintergreen Primary School PTA
Wintergreen Primary School PTA

Shining Stars School PTA

Bethany Elementary School PTA
Huntsville Elementary PTA
South End Elementary PTA
Wentworth Elem. School PTA
Williamsburg Elementary School PTA

Bostian Elementary School PTA
Enochville Elementary School PTA
Knollwood Elementary School PTA
Landis Elementary School PTA
Rockwell Elementary School PTA
South Rowan High School PTA
West Rowan High School PTSA

Clement Elementary School PTA
Midway Middle School PTA

Poplin Elementary School PTA

Friends of Clarke Elementary PTA

Apex Senior High School PTSA
Athens Drive High School PTSA
Carpenter Elementary School PTA
Cary Elementary School PTA
Creech Road Elementary School PTA
Crossroads Flex High PTSA
East Cary Middle School PTA
East Garner Magnet Middle PTSA
East Millbrook Magnet Middle PTSA
East Wake Middle School PTA
Green Magnet Elementary School PTA
Highcroft Drive Elementary PTA
Hilburn Drive Academy PTA
Holly Grove Middle School PTSA
Holly Springs High PTSA
Hortons Creek Elementary PTA
Jeffreys Grove Elem. School PTA
Kingswood Elementary School PTA
Knightdale High School PTSA
Laurel Park Elementary PTA
Lynn Road Elementary School PTA
Millbrook Elementary School PTA
Millbrook Senior High School PTSA
Panther Creek High PTSA
Partnership Elementary School PTA
Pine Hollow Middle School PTSA
Pleasant Grove Elementary PTA
Poe Magnet Elementary School PTA
Rand Road Elementary School PTA
Reedy Creek Middle School PTA
Rolesville Elementary School PTA
Rolesville High School PTSA
Sanford Creek Elementary School PTA
Smith Elementary School PTA
Trilogy School PTA
Wakefield Middle School PTSA
West Cary Middle School PTSA
West Lake Elementary School PTA
West Millbrook Middle School PTA

Green Valley Elementary School PTSA
Valle Crucis Elementary PTA

Tommy’s Road School PTA

Four Chefs Join NCPTA to Reimagine School Meals


North Carolina PTA is pleased to announce the chef line-up for our Reimagining School Meals event from 5:30pm-7:30pm on April 26 at Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Reimagining School Meals is North Carolina PTA’s effort to increase support of school meals, increase understanding of school meal nutrition standards, and to generate new ideas for nutritionally sound, compliant, and delicious school meals. Chef Sean Fowler, Chef Bo Peterson, Chef Regan Stachler, and Chef Jake Wood will be creating delicious and healthy school meals for fifty school meal advocates and parents to taste. Each meal will provide a serving of a healthy protein, a serving of vegetables, a serving of fruit, and a whole grain and will be made available for use in schools across North Carolina.

Chef Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh has a deep love for made-from-scratch meals and cooking with high quality, seasonal ingredients. While tending his family’s garden, licking spoons in his grandmothers’ kitchens, and hunting and fishing in the fields and streams of the Southeast with his father, he learned the bounty that North Carolina’s farms and waters provide, and their deep connection to the community. After attending culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Colorado, Fowler honed his skills at the legendary 3 Michelin Star Le Bernardin in New York City, and then as a chef at AAA, 5-Diamond Fearrington House Restaurant in Pittsboro, NC – both of whom put a premium on celebrating ingredients at their peak. In 2011, Fowler returned home to debut his own restaurant, where classic technique and North Carolina’s freshest ingredients would be at the center of the plate. Fowler puts a premium on locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms, including from his own Mandolin Farm.

Chef Bo Peterson of Primal in Durham grew up in a small town in Michigan. After spending time in Las Vegas and New York, Peterson has made North Carolina his home. Along with his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Oscar and Magnus. Peterson is interested in giving a different perspective on how school lunches can be made.

Born and raised in Florida, Regan has been working in professional kitchens for over twenty years.  In his early twenties, Regan rapidly worked his way up into leadership positions in several restaurants in Florida. This experience shaped his time in culinary school in NYC, and as he sought to further refine and develop his talent in some of the best restaurants in NYC.  Regan’s resume includes the famed Gramercy Tavern, Osteria del Circo (owned by the Maccioni family of Le Cirque), and Country (Geoffrey Zakarian).  Trained and experienced in the style of European cuisines, after relocating to the Triangle, Regan worked at Piedmont before opening Little Hen in 2012, an acclaimed restaurant which was awarded 4.5 stars by N&O reviewer, Greg Cox.  In 2013, Regan also founded a culinary pop up event concept – ChickenWire; events gather the Triangle’s best chefs to raise funds to benefit not-for-profit organizations. Since closing Little Hen in 2017, Regan founded a prepared foods and catering company – Hull Foods through which he also crafts pasta and is a vendor at local farmers markets.

Chef Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard in Raleigh grew up in Apex, NC and has family in Apex, New Hill, Moncure, Garner, and Winston-Salem. Before becoming the Executive Chef at 18 Seaboard, Wood created the food program and pokè menu at Raleigh Raw and was the head sushi chef at the Cowfish in Raleigh. Wood credits his grandparents, who grew up poor on farms in the country, for his passion for seafood, barbeque, and southern farm-to-table cuisine.

North Carolina PTA President Virginia Jicha: “North Carolina PTA is thrilled to have Chef Sean Fowler, Chef Regan Stachler, Chef Bo Peterson, and Chef Jake Wood applying their unique approaches and flavors to school meals. These chefs share our commitment to ensuring every child has a healthy and delicious meal and they have an important role to play in advocating for strengthening school nutrition programs so that every child is fed, healthy, and ready to learn.”

Statewide 59.82% of children in North Carolina public schools are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches. As of December 2017, 869,954 children ate school lunch in North Carolina. This makes North Carolina the seventh largest school nutrition program in the country.

North Carolina PTA President Virginia Jicha says, “North Carolina has an abundant and rich agricultural industry—it’s our largest industry—but many of our children are food insecure. School meals are a vital tool in ensuring every child is fed and fed well. As the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for children, the health and wellness of children has always been one of our most important priorities. I believe we are at a critical point where as a state, we need to discuss investing in school meals. An investment in our school meal programs would not only be great for the health of children, but it has the potential to be great for our economy by supporting local agriculture.”

North Carolina’s traditional public schools are required to participate in the National School Lunch Program but the state provides very little funding for school meals currently. Most school meal funding comes from federal reimbursements and the reimbursement rates for free, paid and reduced-price meals are relatively low. In 2017, preliminary data shows the National School Lunch Program made payments totaling $387,928,245 to North Carolina. Providing adequate state funding for school meals in North Carolina has the potential to make school meals more appealing to children and families and to provide much needed support for our rural areas and farmers.

Support NCPTA by Shopping Thirty-One!

Support NCPTA by Shopping Thirty-One!

Celebrating 15 years in business, Thirty-One has become a favorite of teachers and parents alike! Support NCPTA by shopping their totes, bags and personalized items via this link through March 31. All items will be shipped direct to the purchaser. These are great gifts for teachers for Teacher Appreciation Month and the end of the school year!

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Updated Lunch and Learn Schedule!

Join NCPTA for the last in our Spring 2018 Lunch and Learns! 


June 14: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Transitioning to Kindergarten

Dr. MariaRosa Rangel will address the most common parent and child concerns about the big move to kindergarten and set parents up for success in supporting their student. There is limited seating for this lunch and learn.

Important Details

  • Time: 12pm-1pm
  • Location: NCPTA Headquarters, 3501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Cost: $20 per Lunch and Learn
  • Lunch will be provided

There is limited seating for the Lunch and Learn Series so register today!