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Election Guidelines

Elections are upon us. Delaware PTA would like to take this time to remind everyone that as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that PTA is nonpartisan.  As such, Delaware PTA and its constituent associations never comment on, endorse nor support candidates for office. We support issues – not candidates. Our role is to engage and empower families to exercise their voice. We will do this by promoting voter turnout and working with local unit leaders to coordinate candidate forums in each district so that our families can make informed decisions when voting. Check out these resources for more information Limits on

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The search is on for the future National PTA Reflections theme!

One exceptional concept will be chosen to inspire thousands of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create original works of art in dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts. The National PTA Theme Search Contest Winner receives $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention. Please go to http://delawarepta.org/reflections/delaware-pta-reflections-toolkit/ for the Theme Search Packet and Instructions. Submissions can be made via email to Terri.Carpe@delawarepta.org or mailed to the DPTA office (925 Bear-Corbitt Rd, Bear, DE 19701-1323). Entries must be received by November 23, 2018 (NO EXCEPTIONS) PTA Leaders – Your PTA does not need to participate

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National PTA and North Carolina PTA Stand with Families, Schools and Communities Impacted by Hurricane Florence

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 19, 2018)—National PTA President Jim Accomando and North Carolina PTA President Virginia Jicha issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Florence: “Families, schools and communities across North Carolina have been profoundly impacted by flooding, wind damage and power outages from Hurricane Florence. National PTA and North Carolina PTA join the nation in concern for the safety and well-being of those impacted by this powerful storm. Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone affected. “As the nation’s and state’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, it is our duty to support families and school communities in their efforts

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National PTA Kicks Off 50th Year of Reflections Arts Program with National Arts in Education Week

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Sept. 12, 2018)—In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, National PTA is kicking off its 2018-2019 Reflections® student art awards program. This school year marks the 50th anniversary of the program, which has inspired and engaged millions of students to explore their talents and express their ideas by creating works of art for fun and recognition. “Participation in the arts builds students’ confidence, teamwork and sense of accomplishment. Involvement in the arts is also closely associated with students’ academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA is thrilled to celebrate

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PTA Units: Register for Mandatory Fall Board of Managers Meeting – October 4, 2018

What: Fall 2018 Delaware PTA Board of Managers Meeting When : Thursday, October 4, 2018 6-8:30 Where: Shue-Medill Middle School, 1500 Capitol Trail, Newark, DE 19711    map   Please mark your calendars and click HERE to register for the fall Board of Managers meeting. Registration is required. Please register for each attendee individually. As part of your local unit compliance, every local unit President or their duly appointed alternate is required to attend the Board of Managers meeting. VIP unit members are also invited to attend. All registered attendees will receive a link to the agenda and other documents

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National PTA Board of Directors Adopts Position Statement on Safe and Supportive Schools

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (August 7, 2018)—As schools across the country are increasingly impacted by violence and natural disasters, National PTA’s board of directors adopted a new position statement on safe and supportive schools during its August board meeting. The statement calls for a multi-faceted approach to address school safety that involves all stakeholders, especially students, parents and families. “School safety is a critical priority for all parents, families, educators, students and community members that cannot be taken for granted. Every child has a right to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA recognizes

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John R. Downes Elementary School and Downes Elementary PTA Recognized Nationally as a School of Excellence

National PTA has recognized John R. Downes Elementary School and Downes Elementary PTA as a 2018-2020 School of Excellence for their commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. “Research shows that when families and schools work together, students do better in school and schools improve,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “John R. Downes Elementary School and Downes Elementary PTA have worked hard to strengthen their family-school partnership and create an environment where all families feel welcomed and empowered to support student

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