SOURCE: National PTA

February 26, 2008 09:45 ET

PTA Votes: Parents Take Voice to Capitol Hill

Child Advocates Meet in Nation's Capitol to Sharpen Advocacy Skills, Visit Elected Officials, and Award Legislative Excellence

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - As the presidential primaries continue to heat up and everyone's vote becomes more and more important, parent leaders from across the country are in Washington, DC, this week to ensure their voices are heard and remind their elected officials that "PTA Votes."

"It's important that our government remembers that parents, as PTA members, are very much involved in child advocacy, the election process, and are registered voters. That's what makes PTA the premier parent involvement and child advocacy organization it is today and has been for more than 110 years," said Jan Harp Domene, PTA national president.

Hundreds of child advocates are in the nation's capitol as part of PTA's National Legislative Conference (February 26-28). The three-day event joins leaders representing every state in the union to sharpen their grassroots advocacy skills, conduct meetings with their elected representatives, and honor a local and state PTA with the PTA Outstanding Advocacy Award for their legislative efforts.

PTA will also present the PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award to two of Congress' education champions: a U.S. Senator and Congressman. The awards will be presented on Thursday afternoon at Capitol Hill in the Senate Russell Caucus Room. (Media should RSVP with James Martinez at 773-339-4533.)

NOTE: PTA may have breaking news tomorrow (Wednesday, February 27) at the conference about a unique partnership that will further PTA's involvement in the presidential election process.

About PTA

PTA comprises nearly 6 million parents and other concerned adults devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    James Martinez
    On-site: 773-339-4533