WHITE HOUSE CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE National PTA seeks nominations for honor

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National PTA, in partnership with the White House and U.S. Department of Education, announced an opportunity to recognize extraordinary PTA volunteers at its 116th Annual Convention and Exhibition.

Twelve PTA members working to improve the lives of children through involvement in PTA and education will be honored as White House Champions of Change at a special event and policy briefing with PTA leaders from across the country at the White House in August.

Individuals can nominate exemplary PTA members who have dedicated time, talent and a powerful voice to improving educational equity and opportunity for every child.

“As parents, both President [Barack] Obama and I have so much respect for the work parents do as PTA leaders,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “In Washington, we aim to be a supportive partner with states, school districts and schools, but we know that the real success for students happens because of the support that PTA members and teachers provide.”

National PTA President Betsy Landers said the organization is honored that the White House and the U.S. Department of Education are looking to recognize members for their work.

“Grass-roots PTA members are the lifeblood of our association and they champion for children every day,” she said. “There are millions of unsung heroes nationwide making a difference in the lives of all children, not just their own. Through the work that they do they are helping to ensure that our country’s best days lie ahead.”

The Champions of Change program was created by the White House more than a year ago and recognizes ordinary Americans across the country who are doing extraordinary work in their communities.

During the past year, they have had more than 40 Champions of Change events, honoring more than 500 Champions from all 50 states.

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