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State PTA Members Learn How to Recruit for Today’s 2017 Family
Posted on 05/05/2017
This is the image for the news article titled State PTA Members Learn How to Recruit for Today’s 2017 FamilyThree national board members attended the Alabama PTA state convention over the week-end. National Board member Dr. Leon Hobbs of Gwinnett County presented different ways to recruit members of 2017 families. Alabama’s PTA membership has dropped from 101,179 to 34,785.
He said “13.6 single parents in the USA are responsible for raising 21.2 million children. That’s 26% of children under 21 in the USA.” Also, he reiterated that over 7 million grandparents are responsible for raising at least one child under the age of 13.
Another huge factor is language differential. At least 23% of elementary through high school students have at least one-foreign born parent and 11.2 million school-age children (5 to 17) speak a language other than English at home. One out of three Americans is now a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling, or some other member of a blended family.
“We need ALL parents involved in their children’s education and PTA helps them nationally advocate as one voice to make a difference for public education,” Dr. Hobbs said.
McAdory High school ‘s Ellyn Killingsworth attended to get nuts and bolts information for creating a new PTA at her school where her son Trent attends. A membership banquet Friday and an awards banquet Saturday along with the installation of new officers were highlights. Bryan Elementary’s continued membership initiative took home four award plaques, including one for 35 continuous years of 100% membership.
Dr. Michael Sentence spoke to the Saturday luncheon and discussed a strategic plan for this basics which will be revealed in a few weeks.
JEFCOED’s leadership in the state PTA continues to be a fixture. President for two years. JEFCOED’s Donna McCurry concluded her service and handed over the gavel to Donna Russell of Montgomery. JEFCOED’s Kim Munford, is leadership development vice president; two vice presidents are from Tuscaloosa, Denise Hills for programs vice president and Marvin Lucas, is vice president of legislative, membership is Krissy Hayes of Mobile; secretary is Candice Longnecker of Montgomery, and Becky Vansant of Huntsville is treasurer.