National PTA Statement on Shooting at Highland High School in California

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 15, 2018)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:

On Friday, a shooting occurred at Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif. There have been far too many shootings at schools this year alone. We all know more needs to be done to keep our children safe, and we continually demand action. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment. And no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.

National PTA urges Congress to adopt legislation that would strengthen background checks, fund gun violence research efforts, ban assault weapons and prevent persons who may endanger public safety from accessing guns. National PTA also urges policymakers to prioritize mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services.

“It remains a top priority of National PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in the areas of gun safety and violence preventionjuvenile justice,mental health and students’ overall well-being.

“National PTA is also committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.


National PTA Statement on Shooting at Forest High School

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (April 20, 2018)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:

“One person was injured and a suspect is in custody after a shooting at a high school in Ocala, Florida. This is the second school shooting in Florida this year. Today also marks the 19th anniversary of the horrific shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

“Enough is enough. More needs to be done to keep our children safe and we demand immediate action. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment. And no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.

“It remains a top priority of National PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in the areas of gun safety and violence preventionjuvenile justice,mental health and students’ overall well-being.

National PTA urges Congress to adopt legislation that would strengthen background checks, fund gun violence research efforts, ban assault weapons and prevent persons who may endanger public safety from accessing guns. National PTA also urges policymakers to prioritize mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services.

“National PTA is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242


Parents for Healthy Kids School Grant Opportunity

Here is a wonderful opportunity for local units in your state – $1,000 grant for local units K-12!!  Also, a chance to win one of five ALDI gift cards for $100.

PTAs in your state may apply for a school grant to create a healthier learning environment through nutrition and physical activity initiatives. Here are more details:

–              Grants up to $1,000 are available for K-12 schools

–              Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, but all schools are encouraged to apply

–              The application deadline is Friday, April 13th.

–              More details and the application can be found at: https://parentsforhealthykids.org/grants.

On the Parents for Healthy Kids website, they have a webinar recording to help folks fill out the grant application.

Please promote this opportunity for your local units to apply!!

Here are a Facebook post and a tweet you may use to promote this opportunity:

–              Calling all parents and families: Do you want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply now for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Action for Healthy Kids to bring nutrition and physical activity programs to your child’s school. Applications are due by April 13. Get more information at www.ParentsforHealthyKids.org/grants.

–              Parents & families: Want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Act4HlthyKids to bring nutrition & physical activity programs to their school. Learn more & apply by April 13 at http://bit.ly/2BMOhQS

Questions?  Contact SchoolGrants@ActionforHealthyKids.org.

Mary Jo Neil | National Service Representative
301.919.8839 | mneil@pta.org
Connect with National PTA® on: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest


Parents for Healthy Kids School Grant Opportunity

Here is a wonderful opportunity for local units in your state – $1,000 grant for local units K-12!!  Also, a chance to win one of five ALDI gift cards for $100.

PTAs in your state may apply for a school grant to create a healthier learning environment through nutrition and physical activity initiatives. Here are more details:

–              Grants up to $1,000 are available for K-12 schools

–              Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, but all schools are encouraged to apply

–              The application deadline is Friday, April 13th.

–              More details and the application can be found at: https://parentsforhealthykids.org/grants.

On the Parents for Healthy Kids website, they have a webinar recording to help folks fill out the grant application.

Please promote this opportunity for your local units to apply!!

Here are a Facebook post and a tweet you may use to promote this opportunity:

–              Calling all parents and families: Do you want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply now for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Action for Healthy Kids to bring nutrition and physical activity programs to your child’s school. Applications are due by April 13. Get more information at www.ParentsforHealthyKids.org/grants.

–              Parents & families: Want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Act4HlthyKids to bring nutrition & physical activity programs to their school. Learn more & apply by April 13 at http://bit.ly/2BMOhQS

Questions?  Contact SchoolGrants@ActionforHealthyKids.org.

Mary Jo Neil | National Service Representative
301.919.8839 | mneil@pta.org
Connect with National PTA® on: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest


Parents for Healthy Kids School Grant Opportunity

Here is a wonderful opportunity for local units in your state – $1,000 grant for local units K-12!!  Also, a chance to win one of five ALDI gift cards for $100.

PTAs in your state may apply for a school grant to create a healthier learning environment through nutrition and physical activity initiatives. Here are more details:

–              Grants up to $1,000 are available for K-12 schools

–              Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, but all schools are encouraged to apply

–              The application deadline is Friday, April 13th.

–              More details and the application can be found at: https://parentsforhealthykids.org/grants.

On the Parents for Healthy Kids website, they have a webinar recording to help folks fill out the grant application.

Please promote this opportunity for your local units to apply!!

Here are a Facebook post and a tweet you may use to promote this opportunity:

–              Calling all parents and families: Do you want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply now for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Action for Healthy Kids to bring nutrition and physical activity programs to your child’s school. Applications are due by April 13. Get more information at www.ParentsforHealthyKids.org/grants.

–              Parents & families: Want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Act4HlthyKids to bring nutrition & physical activity programs to their school. Learn more & apply by April 13 at http://bit.ly/2BMOhQS

Questions?  Contact SchoolGrants@ActionforHealthyKids.org.

Mary Jo Neil | National Service Representative
301.919.8839 | mneil@pta.org
Connect with National PTA® on: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest