Know Your Worth Teen Empowerment Event

Join The Family Mankind, North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA), Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), One Love, Steve Smith, Mecklenburg County, Mecklenburg Council of Elders, and Share Charlotte for this Double Header Event

Saturday, February 27, 2021 
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Click here to download and share the flyer.

Schedule of Events:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.               Family Mankind- Know More…No More Silence To Teen Dating Violence Symposium

12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.               DJ Lunch Party (Planned by NCPTA)

12:25 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                 Teens Speak on Careers, Bullying, Self-Esteem, and More (Planned by NCPTA)

 

Register here.
Registration closes Thursday, February 25, 2021. You must register to receive the event’s Zoom link and other updates about the event.

 

National PTA to Host Virtual Digital Safety Events to Help Families Take Charge of Their Digital Lives

In celebration of Safer Internet Day , National PTA is hosting an entire week of live, virtual events Feb. 8-12. The virtual events and National PTA’s celebration of Safer Internet Day are part of the association’s PTA Connected initiative and are designed to help families, PTAs and school communities take charge of their digital lives and create a safer, kinder, more inclusive online community together.

“Safer Internet Day is an international education and awareness-raising effort to promote safer and more responsible use of digital devices and online technology, especially for children and youth,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “With so many aspects of our daily lives now conducted digitally, it’s more important than ever that we do so in a way that’s safe, kind and inclusive. Safer Internet Day is the perfect time for families to evaluate their online habits and do a refresh of online safety tips and best practices. It is also a time for communities to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all.”

Here are the virtual events National PTA will be hosting with the association’s PTA Connected sponsors and nonprofit partners during its week-long celebration of Safer Internet Day. The interactive series includes something for everyone—kids, families, PTA leaders and teachers.

 

Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. EST

The Internet Starts with “I” and Ends with “T”

Facebook live hosted by National PTA and ConnectSafely, the official North American host of Safer Internet Day

 

Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. EST

Real Conversations with Families About Digital Kindness

Zoom event hosted by National PTA

 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. EST

Helping Families Navigate Technology

Google Meet hosted by Google

 

Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. EST

The Ultimate School Assembly

TikTok livestream hosted by TikTok

 

Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. EST

Have the Smart Talk

Zoom event hosted by National PTA and NortonLifeLock

 

In addition to hosting the virtual events, National PTA will also share digital safety resources and toolkits throughout the week on social media using #SaferInternetDay and at PTA.org/SaferInternet.

For more information about National PTA’s celebration of Safer Internet Day and to register for the events, visit PTA.org/SaferInternet.

A Letter to the Editor: North Carolina PTA President’s Statement on Riots at the U.S. Capitol

A Letter to the Editor

We, the people…

Raleigh, NC, (January 15, 2021) — As president of NCPTA, I reach out to our members and our state with sadness for our country, yet with much hope for this experiment of a democracy to grow into its greatness.

It has been 10 months since our nation was first diagnosed with Covid-19, 5 months since the suffocation of George Floyd, 2 months since the election of a new president, and 1 week since the darkest day in American history. Together, we watched as our capital was overrun by other American citizens. America is hurting.

Economic insecurities, racial and social injustices have left us questioning the truth. Every day we trust less and less, wrestling with this experiment of a democracy. We, the people have been struggling since the conception of our democracy. We entered 2021 with great expectations for a new beginning. But beginnings only start with the end of something else. Are we doing this for our children and are we remembering that our children are watching?

We, as a nation and as a community of people, are deciding  the next step for us. What are our values? But also, how will we fight for those ideals? Through words or with civil unrest? If we lead with civil unrest what is next for our children if this is the new normal?

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States and WWII military hero states, “We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”

Martin Luther King states, “Violence is impractical because it is a descending  spiral ending in destruction for all…Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.

Every great leader, theologian, and brilliant mind are clear that violence creates only destruction. We must remember that our democracy was created so that each citizen has one vote in participating in deciding our laws and our leaders. We have a process for dispute and a place to make change – our judicial and legislative branch. If civil unrest becomes the means for decision making, how large will the bully become each and every time there is a dispute?

“Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment, it is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos”, a quote from George W. Bush at his inauguration. What is left for our children if we choose differently? What is the alternative to our democracy? And what is left for our children?

We have heard many times, it darkest before the dawn. Let this darkness take us to a new beginning of living in a just society where each woman and man is judged on their character, where every woman and man can reach their dream and potential, and our children are loved, are fed and safe.

Harold Dixon,

President, North Carolina Parent Teacher Association

 

Mari Urness Pokornowski

Executive Director, NCPTA

 

About NCPTA

North Carolina PTA is the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for every child to reach their full potential. Founded in 1919 and affiliated with National PTA, there are more than 920 Parent Teacher Associations in schools across the state with more than 106,000 members. PTAs provide advocacy, vital volunteers, and material resources to their schools. NCPTA supports PTA units and provides programs, training, and advocacy on behalf of North Carolina’s children. To learn more about NCPTA, please visit our website at www.ncpta.org.