May is National Foster Care Month!

Dear PTA Family,
 
May is National Foster Care Month!  It may seem like just another “Awareness” month that clogs your social media feed but it’s important to bring to light a topic that seems almost taboo in our society.  Fostercare is also known as “Alternative Care.”  It is best known as the function of removing a child from those they trust most and everything they’ve known in order to return them to safety and wellness.  It is not something we care to dwell on, and that’s ok.  But today, I ask you to take time out and ponder the other side of parenting.  The side we wish didn’t exist, but we know it does.

Fostering is near and dear to my heart.  My husband and I have fostered 10 children, 3 of which we adopted last year.  Our bio children have been exposed to behaviors and stories that I would never wish them to experience.  Our foster children have tested us, doubted us, and even loved us… sometimes in ways that may not make sense to us because that is not how we were taught to love.

Fostering is an enigmatic, exhausting labyrinth and I’ve questioned my sanity more times than I care to share.  During this whirlwind of Wonderland-esque escapades, I’ve lost my place and even felt as if I could only muster strength enough to give up.

Yet, here I am, 4 years after signing my foster parent contract, begging all of you to spend 5 minutes reading this email and sharing this infographic.

I acknowledge, your time is valuable and precious and spending it learning about this system, these families, and these children is a wonderful use of such a precious gift.
Thanks for reading, pondering, and sharing National #FosterCareMonth!
 
-Kristina Wilmoth
Wife, Mom, Advocate
Missouri PTA Public Relations Chair
 
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2016 Missouri PTA Convention Awards

Application Awards:

Blue Seal Award
Exclusive 100 Award
Silver Acorn Award
Outstanding Membership Campaign Award
100% Faculty Award/Golden Apple Award
Student Membership Award – no applicants
Membership Challenge
Health & Safety Education Award – no applicants
Outstanding Local Unit/Council Newsletter Award & Website Award
Parent Education and Engagement Award

Non-Application Awards:

Oak Leaf Award
Missouri PTA Honor Roll
Community Involvement Award
Golden Gavel Awards

 


2016 Missouri PTA Scholarship Recipients

The Missouri PTA Scholarship Committee selected three outstanding students to receive Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarships for the fall 2016 school year.

Helen B Maupin Foundation:

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Janelle D., Raytown South High School, Raytown, MO, plans to major in Secondary Education (Spanish/ESL).  She has excelled in a variety of subjects and extracurricular activities including Missouri Girls State, Fashion Design, Forensics, Cross Country Track, Soccer, FCCLA, NHS, Student Council and Art Club and has a number of tutoring experiences.  She is inspired to become a teacher because of the impact teachers have had on her life.  Janelle looks forward to inspiring and mentoring others and plans to “pour love, encouragement and kindness into the lives” of her students.


Caroline B Ullman:

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Kaylan B.
, Potosi High School, Potosi, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Music; 3rd Grade).  She has participated in National Honor Society, Future Teachers, All-District Choir, All-District and All-Conference Band, cadet teaching and is known to be a leader in both her school and her community.  She believes that teachers are the shapers of the next generation and she looks forward to creating the “next generation of doctors, scientists, and great thinkers” who will change the world.


Marissa S.
, Winnetonka High School, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Kindergarten).  She has been active in Student Council, Key Club, Softball, Choir, volunteering and informal tutoring of friends and family.  She is known to excel academically while keeping up with 30 hours per week of working outside of school.  Education has always been important to Marissa, and she wants to teach kids that “they can be anything they want if they stay in school and do their best.”

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Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award:

Each fall, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award (PAH Award) is awarded to an outstanding senior, one with a record of exceptional academics, outstanding character, community service and a commitment to teaching.  Income from the PAH Fund is used to finance these awards.

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In August 2015, the Scholarship Committee selected Shannon C. of Independence, MO to receive this award.  Shannon will graduate with honors from William Jewell College.  In addition to her academic honors, she has been a dance instructor and is captain of the William Jewell dance team.  Shannon states that she decided to become a teacher in part because of classroom experiences that she contributes to PTA’s impact: “PTA has had a large impact on my decision to become a teacher.  PTA provides students with so many learning experiences and opportunities that coincide with what is being taught in the classroom and that make teaching worthwhile. All throughout elementary school, PTA funded and sponsored many things that contributed to my growth as a learner. They helped foster my love for school and learning, and that love is one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher.”


In addition to the PAH Award, seventeen (17) students have renewed their annual scholarship disbursements of $500.00; totaling $8,700.00 awarded by Missouri PTA in scholarships last fall.  Historically, scholarships have been funded by income from endowment funds, individual donations and local PTA Council and Unit gifts.  In addition to individual, unit and council contributions, half of the proceeds of the Distinguished Service Award is designated for scholarships.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, and thank you to everyone who contributes to Missouri PTA scholarships.

Donna Petiford
Scholarship Chair and Immediate Past-President, Missouri PTA


Please visit the Missouri PTA Scholarship page for more information.