National PTA Statement on Hurricane Michael

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Oct. 15, 2018)—National PTA President Jim Accomando issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Michael:

“National PTA’s hearts and minds are with the communities affected by Hurricane Michael—in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas—as they recover from the storm’s destruction. Many families and schools have been affected by this tragedy and we empathize with those who are experiencing loss of property, safety, routines and loved ones.

“As the nation’s and state’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, it is our duty to support families and school communities as they rebuild and recover. We remain committed to doing everything we can to assist in the restoration of learning environments and emotional support for students and families.

“National PTA offers resources to help families and educators have conversations with children to help them deal with the fear, confusion, sadness and anger they may feel after incidents like Hurricane Michael. These resources and other tips are available at PTA.org.

“The Disaster Relief Fund was established by National PTA to help with disaster assistance and respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system. We encourage PTAs and schools impacted by Hurricane Michael to apply for support from the fund. We also urge everyone to donate to the fund to help support PTAs and schools deemed not safe because of the damage.

“PTA members work hard every day to give our children, families and school communities what they need to thrive. Following this type of tragedy, our mission becomes that much more important. We know we can count on our PTA members across the country to help meet the needs caused by Hurricane Michael.”

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.

LaWanda Toney
Director of Strategic Communications
ltoney@pta.org
703-518-1237

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