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FACT SHEET

MISSION STATEMENT
To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

ABOUT US
Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers is an independent a 501 (c)(3) organization which became a state branch of the National
Parent Teacher Association in 1921. The State PTA:

 Coordinates programs statewide on behalf of children and youth.


 Is represented on state committees and commissions dealing with children and youth.
 Provides conferences, workshops, publications and resource materials on issues and leadership development.
 Services units and councils through 21 District PTAs.

Membership statewide is comprised of 242,741 parents, teachers, administrators, students, and other child advocates in
approximately 1,100 local units and councils. We are a volunteer-based organization with an all-volunteer board.

President: Sarah Gross - Administration Theme: GROW! Term: July 2017 – July 2019

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PROGRAMS
Arts in Education: Includes the annual Reflections Program which recognizes outstanding contributions in support of the arts by
pre-K – 12th grade students.
Family Engagement: Programs: Includes Watch D.O.G.S., a local unit program which organizes fathers and father figures to
provide positive male role models for the students and enhance school security.
Health and Safety: Programs include nutrition (and the Power Plates Program), violence, bullying, and safety prevention programs.
Diversity and Inclusion: Supports the differences in ethnicity and race through board and member engagement in diversity.
Virginia PTA Scholarship Program: 15 scholarships for seniors pursuing education careers at a Virginia college or university.
Citizenship Essay Project: Awarded to students whose essays best reflect the annual theme.
Leadership: Leadership development and issue support for local units through conferences, workshops, 1-1 and group on-site
training, publications, webinars, and materials.

COMMUNICATIONS
The VOICE: A twice monthly e-newsletter sent to PTA officers, principals, and superintendents.
Local Unit Leadership Update and Resource Guide: Mailings to all local leaders and a comprehensive online resource.
Social Media: Online communication through Facebook, Twitter, and the Virginia PTA Website.
EVENTS

Conferences and Business Meeting: Held throughout the year, member attendees from across the state conduct the business of
the association through the election of officers and adoption of resolutions. Attendees receive leadership training via workshops
tailored to assist unit and council leaders. Richmond, January 2019 and throughout the Commonwealth, Summer of 2019.

PTA Day at the General Assembly and Advocacy Training: Held in January with over 100 participants, we demystify the advocacy
process, share current legislation/Virginia PTA Priorities, and arm attendees with tools for meetings with their legislators. VAPTA
reserves seats in the House and Senate to see legislators in action.
Annual District Trainings
Annual District Meetings (Spring)
Quarterly Board of Managers Meetings (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)

ADVOCACY
Virginia PTA, as the recognized statewide parent association, is a member of many statewide coalitions, commissions, and boards.
When the State Education Department is looking for parent input, they look for representatives from the Virginia PTA. The Virginia
General Assembly noted Virginia PTA first as partner in standards of learning (SOL) reform HB 930. Listed are some of the groups
with which we work:

 Governor of Virginia  Virginia Board of Education (Virginia PTA serves on


 U.S. Department of Education several advisory committees)
 Virginia Education Coalition  Virginia School Boards Association
 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals  Virginia Association of School Superintendents
 Virginia Association of School Nurses  Virginia High School League
 Virginia Middle School Principals Association  Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
 Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals  Safe Routes to Schools
 Virginia Education Association

VIRGINIA PTA AWARDS


Advocate of the Year Award: Recognizes members engaged in PTA advocacy activities.
President’s Honor Award: Honorary Life Members recognized for continuing efforts on behalf of children and youth.
Distinguished Service Award: Awarded to PTA members who contributed a special service on behalf of children and youth.
Honorary Life Membership: Awarded to individuals giving outstanding service on behalf of children and youth.
Student Leadership Award: Recognizes student leaders for their skills and efforts on behalf of children and youth.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Recognizes outstanding PTA volunteerism.
Nurse of the Year Award: Virginia PTA honors one (1) outstanding school nurse in Elementary, Middle/Junior High and High
School PTA/PTSAs.

STATE OFFICE
1027 Wilmer Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 264-1234 • Fax (804) 264-4014 • Toll Free: 1-866-4VAKIDS (482-5437)
Email: info@vapta.org • Website: www.vapta.org

September 2018