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Akron's Forest Hill PTA receives national honor

By John Published: February 4, 2010

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 The head of the national PTA , Byron V. Garrett, will be in Akron on Feb. 11 to honor the Forest Hill elementary school PTA for it's work promoting national "Take Your Family to School" week,  Feb. 7-13.

      Forest Hill PTA is hosting "Donuts with Dad" and "Muffins with Mom" days and a special math event during the week. Garrett will be presenting the PTA with a check. Garrett visited Akron in September for the Ohio PTA District 13 conference.

P.S. The Forest Hill PTA will have a soup buffet fundraiser this Saturday at the school from 1 to 4 p.m.  $5 adults, $3 kids, age 4 and under free. Soup, bread, activities, etc.

This is from the official National PTA press release:

To recognize the initiative schools are taking to promote family engagement, and to help thousands of students and families celebrate PTA Take Your Family to School Week, National PTA is awarding $1,897 to 32 PTA schools from 23 states across the country and one Department of Defense school overseas.  Take Your Family to School Week is held in February in honor of the date of PTA's foundingFebruary 17while the $1,897 Awards pay tribute to the year PTA was founded1897.

 Official press release after the jump

LOCAL PTA ''GOES TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS''

AKRON PTA TO BE PRESENTED WITH CASH GRANT DURING

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR FAMILY TO SCHOOL WEEK - FEBRUARY 7 – 13

 

A 'big check' will be presented to Forest Hills PTA on Thursday, February 11, by National PTA Chief Executive Officer Byron V. Garrett.  This award-winning PTA is receiving this award to recognize Take Your Family to School Week activities it has  planned that are innovative; inclusive; promote parent and family involvement in schools; emphasize the link between involvement and student achievement; and further PTA's mission.

Here's a snapshot of what the school has planned for Thursday, February 11, and the rest of the special week:


  • The event on Thursday, February 11th is Donuts with Dad - a chance to sit down and have a nice talk with Dad and to have him experience part of the students day.  Forest Hills' own Men's PTA group plans on running this and using it as a tool to recruit more men into the PTA.

  • Forest Hills is using Take Your Family to School Week to hold family related events that will be fun for families and educational for the parents. Some of the week's events include Muffins for Mom, For the Love of Math,  (which  is important at Forest Hill as they are challenged in their math scores)  and a week-ending Happy Valentine's Day Family party complete with card exchanges, games and good family time.


 

Schools across the country are connecting with students' greatest assetstheir parents, grandparents, family members, caregiversthrough National PTA® Take Your Family to School Week, February 7–13. The celebration emphasizes the value of parent and family engagement in the classroom with special events and activities.

 

To recognize the initiative schools are taking to promote family engagement, and to help thousands of students and families celebrate PTA Take Your Family to School Week, National PTA is awarding $1,897 to 32 PTA schools from 23 states across the country and one Department of Defense school overseas.  Take Your Family to School Week is held in February in honor of the date of PTA's foundingFebruary 17while the $1,897 Awards pay tribute to the year PTA was founded1897.

Interviews are being scheduled with Byron V. Garrett, the first-ever male African-American Chief Executive Officer of the National PTA.  Byron possesses the same vision and passion that drove the PTA founders to speak up for every child for the first time.  Throughout his career, he has been an agent of progressvaluing people of varying perspectives and backgrounds, and promoting the idea that everyone has an obligation and opportunity to serve the best interests of our youth. 


  • Served as a federal civil servant as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

  • He was the first person to hold this position since the Office was created 5 years ago. 

  • Former National Program Leader for the National 4-H HQ at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

  • Spent a decade in Phoenix as an education advocate and community leader.  Served as Policy Advisor for Faith and Community Initiatives for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. 

  • Prior to that role, served as the Director of the Governor's Division for Community and Youth Development. 

  • Former K-8 school principal.


 

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