Today is the 114th anniversary of the National PTA founders’ day

February 17th, 2011 - 8:41 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Feb 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Today marks the 114th year since the first official PTA was held.

The parent and Teacher Association as its full name is was formed way back on the 17th of February 1897. The main aim for the formation of the association was to offer common grounds for teachers and parents to interact in the best interests of their children. It is on record as the oldest child advocacy group in the United States.

On the National PTA Founders’ Day, the role that volunteers and other people have played in making the organization one of the biggest in the United States are appreciated. The association also uses the day to create awareness about what it is all about.

The founder of PTA was Alice McLellan Birney who in 1897 told Americans that, “Let mothers, fathers, nurses, educators, ministers, legislators and mightiest of all in its swift, far-reaching influence, the press, make the child the watchword and ward of the day and hour; let all else be secondary, and coming generations will behold a new world and a new people.”

True to those words, PTA is currently one of the most powerful organizations in the United States. In fact the PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States and several countries have copied the principles for similar organizations in their own countries.

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