Dear PTA Leaders,
It Takes a Village
It takes a village to raise a child
is one of my favorite sayings. It is an African Proverb that means when the entire
people works together, children grow and develop in a safe and healthy environment. It is my belief that PTA is a natural vehicle to creating that village.
Why? PTA’s mission is to
make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children
. We achieve our mission through living our values of collaboration, commitment, diversity, respect, and accountability.
We are living in a world of crisis. It is more important than ever that we come together as a community and the PTA plays a critical role. Yes, we are living in challenging times. The transition to virtual learning has been painful and not without cost. As we look to the future, most immediately school in the fall, I encourage you to embrace the changes with as much grace as possible. Bring your community together. People look to their leaders in times of crisis and your actions and your words will trickle down to help shape their approach and feelings to our shared situation.
PTA creates the village. PTA keeps the village together, working toward the common goal of raising our children and providing them the tools for success. We educate our families by sharing information about what is going on not only in our school, but also in FCPS, in Virginia, in our country, and sometimes the world. We empower our families by teaching them how to advocate for their child, for their school, or FCPS, our state, our country and again, even the world. We engage our families by keeping them connected to each other, by creating, welcoming, and expanding our village. We are inclusive to all families, to all children, and we work hard to welcome everyone into our PTA village.
Together, we can use this crisis as an opportunity to reset what it means to be PTA. We were founded over 120 years ago to better the lives of every child in education, health, and safety. Nowhere in our vision, mission, or values is fundraising mentioned. It will be okay if PTA looks different next school year and it will be okay if fundraising is less or even non-existent. Our most important work is creating and maintaining our villages so that our children thrive.
I encourage you to lift your communities. Be the voice for our children. Create your village. Water your village. Help our children bloom.
Take care, stay healthy, be well.