Milestones in NCPTA’s History

1919 — Organizational meeting of North Carolina Congress of Parents-Teachers Association.

1920 — Membership 1700. Adopted resolution recommending kindergartens in public schools.

1922 — First NC Parent-Teacher Bulletin and PTA handbook published.

1926 — Colored schools and communities included in PTA at state and local levels.

1927 — North Carolina Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers organized.

1928 — First Summer Institute (Leadership Training) at UNC-Chapel Hill.

1929 — NCPTA and NC State Board of Health sponsored first Parenting Conference at Black Mountain. Advocated sex education in all grades.

1932 — Student Loan Fund established.

1934 — Katherine Mavity Martin Memorial Endowment Fund established.

1937 — NCPTA was among first states establishing PTSA units in high schools.

1938 — First State Office in Gibsonville authorized by convention delegates.

1939 — Private schools organized PTA units.

1942 — Federal Alien Registration Act passed. PTAers volunteered as instructors for many who could not speak or understand English. First PTA unit organized on military base (New River Marine Base).

1944 — NCPTA’s 25th Anniversary; 9-month mandatory school term began.

1949 — NCPTA involved in passage of a $200 million bond issue for secondary roads, especially those used by school buses.

1954 — Membership passes 300,000.

1955 — NCPTA activates Inter-racial Group Relations Committee.

1960 — State Headquarters building in Raleigh dedicated.

1969 — NCPTA’s 50th Anniversary; NC Congress of Parents and Teachers and NC Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers united.

1970 — “Right to Read” and “Reading Improvement Services Everywhere” (RISE) projects focused attention on learning disabilities and corrective measures.

1971 — NCPTA developed “The Challenge for Change,” a human relations film distributed nationally.

1972 — Observed 75th Anniversary of PTA (honored with a PTA Commemorative postage stamp) in a special ceremony at NCPTA Headquarters.

1973 — NC General Assembly adopted resolution honoring NCPTA; second human relations film, “Someone Has to Listen,” produced.

1975 — State and National PTA helped encourage Presidential vetoes on the Child Nutrition Act and the Educational Appropriations Act.

1977 — NCPTA districts increased to 20; organized Old North State PTA, a Member-at-Large unit

1980 — NCPTA was an organizing member of NC Alliance for Public Education; initiated parent seminars on adolescent sexuality.

1982 — 91 billboards statewide promoted PTA Membership Month.

1986 — Received grants from Mary Reynolds Babcock and  Z. Smith Reynolds to fund Project Quest, a substance abuse program.

1988 — Eight area AIDS Prevention workshops conducted with State Department of Public Instruction.

1991 — NCPTA and State Department of Public Instruction sponsored first Parent Involvement Week, October 6-12.

1992 — Elizabeth Johnson, Athens Drive High School teacher, won National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award.

1993 — Early Childhood PTA organized in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

1994 — NCPTA celebrated 75th Anniversary; Lynn Road PTA won National PTA Reading Award; Basnight Scholarship for Teachers established.

1995 — NCPTA won National PTA Parent Involvement grant for PTA/Head Start Preschool Program; won National Membership Award for largest percent increase.

1996 — Originated “Elected Officials Go to School” program; first in nation for number of new PTA units (32).

1997 — Observed National PTA’s 100th Birthday. NCPTA used National PTA Advocacy grant to conduct training for parents on School Improvement Teams; awarded first PTA/PTSA Scholarships; held first Citizenship Essay contest.

1998 — NCPTA went online with its own Web site.

1999 — NCPTA won the National PTA membership award for largest membership increase in Region 3 and observed 80th anniversary.

2000— Held recommitment and rededication celebration for the 21st Century. Youth Members presented anti-violence workshops. Established the James B. Hunt, Jr. Outstanding Teacher Award.

2001 — Received a $100,000, two-year grant from Miller Brewing Company of Eden, N. C. This grant represents the largest financial grant received in the history of NCPTA. The grant to be used for Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices (PERC) Character Education grants to PTA units and councils. Produced informational video, “ voice;” membership totaled 271,723, the highest number of members in over six years.

2002 — Spirit of the PTA Award established; Children’s Garden dedicated; adopted the eight NCPTA districts.

2003 — Hosted the 2003 National PTA Convention in Charlotte. Received an additional $50,000 grant from Miller Brewing to fund Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices grants.

2004 — NCPTA Resource CD was developed and sent to local units and councils. Regional trainings were conducted across the state.

2005 — Awarded $50,000 grant from the Healthy School Initiative to promote sun safety. Upgraded State Office database and developed new NCPTA Web site. Held six leadership development workshops around the state, in addition to the annual Leadership Training.

2006 — NCPTA and the NC State Board of Education signed a Joint Resolution on improving parent involvement, website was redesigned and more resources added, 392 local units had a membership increase.

2007 – NCPTA, for the first time in its history, received an appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly to support the Parent Involvement Initiative.

2008 – Received additional funding from the North Carolina General Assembly for Parent Involvement Initiative; received $145,000 Dropout Prevention Grant from NCDPI; held first annual Emerging Leaders Conference.

2009 – Received funding for the third form the North Carolina General Assembly for Parent Involvement Initiative; received funding from BCBSNC Foundation for healthy living initiative; worked with education partners to support education funding; redesigned and updated NCPTA website to include additional parenting resources.

2010 – Received funding for the fourth consecutive year from the North Carolina General Assembly for the Parent Involvement Initiative; held first summit for educators; and continued the BCBSNC Foundation for healthy living initiative.

2011 – Hosted parent education trainings on the revised North Carolina Standard Couse of Study to include the Common Core Standards for math and language arts; implemented the Just ASK program to focus on healthy lifestyles for families identify school health advocates, funded by the North Carolina Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation; received funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundations to for capacity building.

2012 – NCPTA Parent Involvement Initiative was recognized by the US Department of Education as a best practice in parent engagement for rural communities; held a New Teacher Summit at NC Central University, an Emerging Leaders Conference in Wilmington, and a Parent Education and Summer Leadership Training in Raleigh; Selected for the Get Inspired, Inspire Others Campaign; awarded four teacher scholarships; launched the Just ASK Healthy Schools Grants, funded by the North Carolina Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

2013 – Conducted eight Vision Driven Community Trainings across the state, a Healthy Learning Emerging Leaders Conference and Parent Education Conference in Raleigh; three PTAs in NC received $2,000 National Healthy Lifestyles grants; NPTA held a Town Hall Meeting on Bullying Prevention in Charlotte; awarded eight $1,000 Just ASK Grants; participated in the BCBSNC Foundation’s 5 Goods Ideas Seminar.

2014 – Supported the NC Alcohol Beverage Control Commission’s new initiative  “Talk it Out” to reduce underage drinking; conducted five Vision Driven Community Trainings; hosted, in conjunction with Mecklenburg PTA Council, a planning event for 2015 NPTA Convention; Wake Forest Elementary PTA received $2,000 National Healthy Lifestyles Grant; Wake and Cumberland County PTA Councils were each awarded a $10,000 Smart from the Start Community Outreach grant; held NCPTA Advocacy Day at the NC General Assembly; BCBSNC Foundation, in partnership with NCPTA, granted 16 PTAs in 10 counties Physical Activity Equipment grants of up to $5,000 to help school communities access opportunities for physical activity.

2015 – NCPTA was successful in many of its advocacy priorities including increased funding for textbooks, continued funding for elementary school teacher assistants, and continued state funding for driver education; had a 2015 Board of Education advocacy win on streamlining the transition for 10-point scale grading; hosted the 2015 National PTA Convention in Charlotte; had five local unit PTAs complete NPTA’s School Excellence Program; one Healthy Lifestyles Grant winner and four PTAs that earned the $1,000 Take Your Family to School Week Grant.

2016 – NCPTA assisted the Program Evaluation Division of the NC General Assembly on a school calendar survey having almost 50,000 PTA members respond; successfully advocated to get both US Senators Burr and Tillis to sign the dear colleague letter in 2016 to fund statewide family engagement centers making it bipartisan in the US Senate; provided a toolkit and guidance for local PTA Elected Officials Go to School experiences; NC House and Senate leaders attended local PTA Elected Officials Go to School events in several schools across the state; held the 1st Annual Male Engagement Conference in conjunction with the May NCPTA State Convention; hosted an Advocacy Day in June at the NC General Assembly and discussed education policy issues with NC House and Senate members; launched Health is Academic, a campaign focused on the connection between healthy children and their academic success, which was widely shared and utilized by health and education professionals.

2017 – Partnered with MemberHub to bring a free communication tool to every PTA school in North Carolina; the Back to School Kit became available online; awarded a grant to work on Local Wellness Policies at School Healthy Advisory Councils (SHACs) across the state; daylong Facebook event held at State Office with parents and children discussing technology as family communications platform; Family Engagement Leadership Conference held at Campbell University School of Business; resolution was passed by the Board on Class Size Mandate; had three NC National School of Excellence winners; launched the School Meal Challenge program with the Wake County pilot and tasting event; had eight National winners in the Reflections program.

2018 Adopted School Safety Resolution; held annual Lobby Day on March 26 to discuss increased spending on education for school safety, school construction, farm to school meals, safe routes to school, and teacher, principal and school staff pay; continued the work of a new three-year, statewide NCPTA initiative with a grant provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to engage parents and community members about school meals and bring many different sectors of the school community together to help improve perceptions of school meals and increase resources for nutritious, tasty school meals; awarded a statewide School Safety Grant from the NC Department of Public Instruction to provide training resources for the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum; continued the collaboration with the NC Oral Health Collaborative to promote the importance of dental health; grant renewed to support the Safe Routes to School program.