A Message from our President: Cindy Gerhardt

cindyI’m a firm believer that everyone is a public speaker. Everyone has the ability to talk about what is important to them. Just watch a proud father describe how his daughter is progressing in her reading, especially if it’s “above grade level”. Or listen to a grandmother talk about her grandson’s winning touchdown against the “top ranked team”. They may not even understand why those phrases are important, but they know the pride they feel. They recognize that feeling of untapped potential and future accomplishment. That is what I feel when I talk about you.

I want each of you to feel that pride in this association. To feel that potential you possess. To look back at your achievements and to yearn to do more. PTA is not just a hobby to some. It’s a cause. It’s an instrument of change…a means to make things better for children and families in our community. I’m never at a lack of words when I talk about you. I’m filled with pride when I see your postings about backpack drives, clothes closets, family reading nights and donuts with dads. I know you’re making a difference. The more we share our stories and ideas, the more people will hear about the value of PTA and want to belong. Someone shared their story with you. Who will you share your story with today?

Membership is not just a one month campaign, or a slogan, or a contest for numbers. It represents the number of people who value what we value. The number of people we have shared our passion with. If you’ve never shared your PTA story, start by sharing it with me. I’d love to know why you do what you do. If you can tell me, well, that’s one down and who knows how many more to go!

Let’s make history!

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2016 FLORIDA PTA HEALTHY CHILDREN, HEALTHY FUTURE STATE SUMMIT 

healthybanner3Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change the unhealthy behaviors of adults.

PTA can play a critical role in improving the academic success of all children by helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. In keeping with our long history of advocating for the physical and
emotional well-being of every child, Florida PTA has reached out to state agencies, community organizations, school districts and other community members to work collaboratively in this endeavor.

The Healthy Children, Healthy Future State Summit will build on this effort by bringing together PTA leaders, educators, and health & wellness experts from around the state to explore the connection
between healthy students and academic achievement. We will learn and share strategies to create, support, and maintain a healthy environment within our schools, communities and homes.

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2016 FLORIDA PTA ALL Children Are OUR Children State Summit 


banner-cindy_gerhardt ALL CHILDREN ARE OUR CHILDREN STATE SUMMIT

Florida PTA is proud to present the ALL Children Are OUR Children State Summit on Saturday, December 3, 2016. In keeping with our long history of advocating for the physical and emotional well-being of every child, Florida PTA has reached out to state agencies, community organizations, and school districts to work collaboratively in this endeavor. 

The ALL Children Are OUR Children State Summit will build on this effort by bringing together PTA leaders, educators, and experts from around the state to explore how we can better support our state’s most vulnerable students through resources and programs designed to strengthen families and support all children.

Topics to include: Juvenile Justice, Direct File, Civil Citations, Foster Care, Aging Out, Guardian Ad Litem, Homelessness, and more.

The ALL Children Are OUR Children State Summit will be held from 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd Street, Tampa 33610.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Florida PTA has compiled a list of resources throughout the state of Florida. 

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FAMILY / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

flpta_officeParent involvement in education has been a priority of Florida PTA and National PTA for more than 100 years. In 1997, National PTA worked with Dr. Joyce L. Epstein of Johns Hopkins University to develop National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programsbased upon extensive research. The six standards were endorsed by nearly 100 education, health and parent involvement organizations, and were included in No Child Left Behind as the federal definition of parent involvement.

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