SOURCE: National PTA

National PTA

October 04, 2011 13:50 ET

AXA Foundation to Sponsor National PTA and Take Your Family to School Week for the Seventh Year

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - National PTA announced today that the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable, has renewed its sponsorship of National PTA in support of students, education and family engagement.

AXA Foundation has been a Proud National Sponsor of PTA since 2005, and is the awards sponsor of National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week -- a special week in February that encourages PTAs to engage families in their schools and rewards them for their efforts. The awards are given to PTAs with the most creative and successful Take Your Family to School Week programs.

"Family engagement continues to be the key ingredient to student success. To help children succeed, we need families to continue to feel welcome in the school, and Take Your Family to School Week does just that. It's held at a time of year that reminds schools to keep their doors open to parents and reminds parents to keep communicating with school staff," said Betsy Landers, National PTA President. "We commend AXA Foundation's unwavering support of National PTA and our efforts toward family engagement and student success. We are grateful that AXA Foundation continues their sponsorship, especially during these economic times. It shows their genuine dedication and commitment to our nation's families."

"The AXA Foundation and PTA share a common goal of supporting parent involvement and children's educational success. So our involvement with Take Your Family to School Week is natural," said Faith Frank, President of the AXA Foundation. "AXA Equitable is one of the nation's largest corporate providers of scholarships and our sponsorship of these awards is part of our ongoing commitment to increasing educational opportunities."

Take Your Family to School Week pays tribute to PTA's legacy of building family-school partnerships. During this special week in February, National PTA offers grants in the amount of $1,000 for PTAs to implement programs that engage families in the school community. These grants are used to build positive partnerships with teachers and families, connect parents to their children's school experiences, and give children creative ways to share what they are learning and doing in class with their families.

The next Take Your Family to School Week will be held February 12-18, 2012.

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 parent involvement 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.

About AXA Foundation
The AXA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable, one of the nation's premier financial services organizations and a member of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial protection and wealth management. The Foundation directs the company's philanthropic and volunteer activities, working to improve the quality of life in communities across the country where AXA has a presence. Since its inception, the AXA Foundation has awarded over $20 million in college scholarships through its multifaceted flagship program, AXA Achievement, which provides resources that help make college possible: access and advice. More than 4,300 students, known as AXA Achievers, have received scholarships. For more information, visit www.axa-achievement.com.

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