September is Membership Month

I can’t believe it is September already! It has been a very busy couple of months for us with getting our children back in school and dealing with the continuing pandemic. Some schools have had to close and moved instruction to virtual spaces. I hope if your child's schooling has been impacted in any way, that they remain safe and healthy. Children are dealing with a lot during this unprecedented time. Similarly, the next DCCPTA General Meeting will be held via Zoom, September 23. Invite and meeting info to follow.

As our schools and schedules have changed, so to has the ability to hold local unit elections. Still, we must make sure to get officers registered and memberships paid to Florida PTA. I, along with Leisa Potter, our VP of Local Units, are available to help. We're focusing on PTA/PTSAs units who have been inactive by helping them get reorganized. If you are one of these local units, please don't hesitate to reach out for guidance.

To that end, if you are looking for ways to increase membership signups, setting up a membership table at a football game or math night for example, can be a great way to reach parents, students, and teachers alike!

Looking ahead to 2022, I am excited to share that the Florida PTA Convention will be held in Orlando at the Orlando Omni Resort Championsgate, July 21st - 24th. Be on the lookout for more information regarding schedule and this year's theme, "Got Talent!"

Have a great September!
Kay Hawkins, President

DCCPTA Virtual Training
Saturday, September 18th
(Must register in advance/ Email to follow)
2021-2022 General Meeting Schedule

Virtual until further notice
9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
  • Thursday September 23rd**
  • Tuesday October 26th
  • Tuesday November 30th
  • Tuesday January 25th
  • Tuesday February 22nd
  • Tuesday March 22nd**
  • Tuesday April 26th

**Lunch & Learn following the meeting 12:30-1:30
Be in the know...

Be prepared for the 2021-2022 School Year with information here

Let your voice be heard! Suggestions on how to advocate for your community can be found here on the Florida PTA website.

Sign up for Voter Voice legislative alerts (Florida PTA’s Take Action Network) and take action here.

Check out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee’s “Let’s Talk About It” monthly education posts. Visit our DEI page to learn more.
Is your PTA in Compliance?
Last month we provided a checklist for compliance. Use the link to refer to the DCCPTA compliance checklist.
The National PTA Reflections Art Program
2021-2022 Reflections Submissions Due 12/2/21

Learn about PTA Reflections program, and encourage students to enter in any of the 6 categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.


Starting Fall 2021 The Right Foot Award is now completely online! Nominations are due November 1st.

In addition to the online form you MUST also email, and copy your principal on the email, a copy of your audit, current board roster with contact information, and your budget and meeting minutes from the general meeting where your budget was passed. 

Review this guide to make the application process easier for your PTA/PTSA.
Member Benefits

Selfie World Jax
10% discount with PTA card at San Jose location.
Interested in partnering with the
Duval County Council? 

New Business Partners

The Jacksonville Sheriff Office has a number of ways you and your family can get involved in your community. Explore the options below!

Become a School Crossing Guard today!
Applications available through the JSO website.
Historian Message
Dear Historians,      
There will be a training session just for you on September 18th. The historian breakout session time will fall between 10-11am. I look forward to sharing with you tips to ensure that the special moments of PTA at your school are captured, preserved, and shared for the benefit of your students, families, and schools all around. Our time together will be brief but valuable. Take care, be safe and continue capturing!
As always, feel free to reach out to me in with questions at
Jimminda Thompson
DCC Historian
Student Perspective
This month’s topic is Student Leadership & Empowerment. Students are extremely influential part of important decisions. You can actively participate and in some cases vote on important matters. At this year’s Florida PTA Leadership Convention, there were many programs for students where we learned how to be active in our respective PTA’s. Here are a few things covered in the Students for Students class, hosted by Faith DeVault, FLPTA Student Engagement chair who started out a student member herself

  • Speak up and speak out.
  • Be present for meetings, physically and mentally.
  • Have the drive to help out and participate.
  • If you have ideas, don’t hold them in, your opinions are valid regardless of age

Julius Graham, DCCPTA Student Representative
2021-2022 Duval County Council Board Members

President - Kay Hawkins
1st VP Programs - Tiffany Graham
2nd VP Local Units - Leisa Potter
3rd VP Leadership - Victoria Dietzel
Treasurer - Doreen Abbott
Recording Secretary - Deepika Ancha
Corresponding Secretary - Billie Alston