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National PTA Announces the #ThankATeacher Contest to Celebrate Educators Nationwide

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (April 3, 2017)—National PTA today announced the #ThankATeacher Contest, in which over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to teachers across the country during Teacher Appreciation Week. The contest is now open and all schools and PTAs are encouraged to participate. “Teachers deliver so much to our students every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “Teacher Appreciation Week is the one week of the school year when teachers take center stage and are recognized for their impact on the lives and futures of

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Two Christina School District PTAs Recipients of the National PTA Kindle Giveaway

Congratulations to Downes PTA and Maclary PTA in the Christina School District for being chosen as one of the National PTA Kindle Giveaway recipients. The 2017 reading month giveaway is part of the National PTA Family Reading Experience and in celebration of National Reading Month in March 2017. The PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle is a program that helps children become better readers and helps foster the love of reading through a set of free literacy activities that are fun for the whole family. “Families play an essential role in helping children develop their literacy skills. And e-readers

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Register Now For PTA Day In Dover

Please join Delaware PTA for our Annual Advocacy Day in Dover! When: Weds May 10, 2017 Time: 10:00 am  to 1:00 pm Where: Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware REGISTER TODAY Are you a novice advocate or a veteran? Do you know what education legislation is being introduced this legislative session? Have you ever met with your local state senator or representative? Do you know the difference between local, state and federal policy? Delaware PTA wants to guide through this process. There will be something for everyone. We are excited to have a very special guest speaker to talk to parents

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Delaware PTA 117th Annual Leadership Meeting and Awards Dinner

When: Friday April 28, 2017  05:00 pm  – 9:00 pm Where: Cab Calloway School of Arts 100 N Dupont Rd, Wilmington, DE 19805      Each year PTA members and local leaders come together to represent their schools, PTA units and districts at the annual Delaware PTA State Convention. As we transition from a Fall to Spring Convention, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the Leadership Meeting and Awards Dinner where we will nominate new officers, vote on the association’s legislative priorities, bylaws amendments and present awards.  RSVP TODAY at https://delaware-pta-117th-annual-leadership-meeting-and-awards-dinne.cheddarup.com Voting delegates include the President of

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FAMILIES STILL CAN COMPLETE FASFA WHILE IRS TOOL UNAVAILABLE

The Delaware Department of Education reminds high school seniors and their families that although a useful IRS online tool is unavailable, they still should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). IRS officials are working to fix the data retrieval tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov but anticipate it will be unavailable for several weeks. The tool provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the FAFSA as well as the Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan application. “Families still can apply for financial aid at this time,” said Shana Payne, director of the department’s Higher Education Office.

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Delaware PTA heads to Capitol Hill in DC

Local parent leaders join Delaware PTA State Leadership at the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference in D.C. where they will meet with Senator Carper, Senator Coons and Representative Blunt- Rochester to advocate for a no voucher system; demanding public funds for public schools and increases in family engagement initiatives. Looking forward to seeing this advocacy in action upon their return.

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School Board Election Guidelines

School Board 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

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