Your PTA...at work!
We all recognizer her...that PTA mom running about the campus, smiling and busy, a gaggle of kids not to far behind. Her work is important and she is who we think of when we hear "PTA", but there is another face of PTA--a face that started it all, more specifically one voice...
Our Founders' Vision
Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded an organization—a nationwide movement—in a time when social activism was scorned and women did not have the vote. Believing that there is no stronger bond than that between mother and child, they felt it was up to mothers of this country to eliminate threats that endangered children.In 1897, they called for action and more than 2,000 people responded—many were mothers, but fathers, teachers, laborers, and legislators also responded. Support grew from that first meeting in Washington DC. Problems were identified and strategies devised. Through consistent hard work, sometimes after years of perseverance, the dreams became reality:
and many more programs were accepted as national norms.
- the creation of kindergarten classes,
- child labor laws,
- a public health service,
- hot lunch programs,
- a juvenile justice system,
- mandatory immunization
The National PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer association working exclusively on behalf of all children and youth. For more than 100 years, National PTA has promoted the education, health, and safety of children and families.
In this Section you'll learn about the vision of PTA, from the national level right down to your own La Mariposa PTA. You'll see how we spend your money, who we are, and how to be a part of your child's educational world. This is the business side, though not always exciting, of Your PTA.
Some background information on your National PTA.
How to Join PTA and the rewards membership brings.
Ever wondered how we spend our money?
You'll find our meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes posted here.
Frequently used forms for committee chairs and staff.
Got questions...we'll tell ya who to ask!