Some of the highlights of the past year include conducting leadership workshops for incoming officers and volunteers, supporting activities at Allan F. Daily High School, and educating parents on Internet safety, health, nutrition and adolescent behavior.
Community support was evidenced with toy and food drives to benefit Healthy Start, volunteers assisting at the dental clinic and the First District PTA Book Drive for boys' camps. Children wrote letters and collected items to send in care packages to our troops overseas, and coats and shoes were donated to children in countries where the need exists.
Gifts donated by PTA units in 2006-07 totaled more than $165,000 and included library aids, books, playground equipment, art supplies and instruction, field trips, assemblies, computers, DVD players, camcorders and, as always, help with office technology including copy machines, textbooks, chairs and teacher development.
This is unquestionably an impressive amount considering the main focus of PTA is advocacy and volunteerism. Speaking of volunteerism, more than 114,000 volunteer hours were logged in at the 24 PTA units.
An effective partnership between parents and educators will ensure and enhance the quality of public education for every child. That is why a main focus this year has been to strengthen all PTA units in the district so they can be as effective as possible.
Thanks to Liz Arnold and the entire Glendale Council PTA for their contributions in 2006-07.
There will be a planning meeting for 2007-08 at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Check in with the office for the exact room location. Everyone is welcome.
There is a subcommittee planning meeting to discuss spirit wear and the yearbook at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the home of Renee Brandt. Please call the school office for directions.