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Texas PTA to Launch New Campaign

The campaign aims to increase membership, participation.

Think about a typical Parent Teacher Association at a school.

It probably brings up images of moms going to meetings, volunteering, maybe organizing bake sales.

Texas PTA President Leslie Boggs knows that stereotype – and she says it’s not true anymore.

“It was about mothers being at school. They didn’t work. Things have changed. Moms works. Dad works. It takes a community to be there and support every child. That’s the difference and that’s the difference in the messaging.”

Boggs says the Texas PTA is working to change that image.

This weekend it’s launching a new campaign called “Back the Future” at its annual conference in Houston, which is expected to draw some 3,000 people.

Boggs says one key message is that every parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or even a neighbor is welcome at their local PTA.

She says new members can contribute in different ways.

“There are those that are very good at social media. That’s a way you can help. There are those that just want to bring supplies or something to school, they can help that way. If you’re an engineer and you work 40, 50 hours a week, but yet you have an hour to give to a student to mentor them, we have a place for you.”

Boggs says right now the Texas PTA counts about 500,000 members.

Ideally, she’d like to increase that membership so that it equals the number of students in Texas public schools: 5 million people.

 

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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