Happy Presidents Day everyone! A day where we honor and salute those loyal and brave enough to take the national reins, and guide our country through thick and thin to a better day, and an even finer hour. However, coincidentally it’s also Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Founders Day. And on this day, while many of us are enjoying a day off, we here at Schoolhouse Supplies wish to take a moment and reflect on the history and significance of this day. No, not Presidents Day—rather PTA Founders day.
For 117 years, the PTA has worked towards improving the lives of children in education, health, and safety. Founded by Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, and Selena Sloan Butler in 1897, the PTA was originally called the National Congress of Mothers, and has always been a powerful voice for children. They are committed to being a relevant resource for families and their communities. And they have always served as active advocates for public education. Their values include collaboration, commitment, accountability, respect, inclusivity, and integrity, and their mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Today, the PTA is comprised of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children. So while you’re remembering our many presidents, remember also to salute some of the other heroes of this day; the members and founders of the PTA.