Today is the birthday of the NationalParent Teacher Association (PTA). Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the PTA in 1899. The organization was originally called, The National Congress of Mothers. The National Congress of Mothers advocated for the creation of kindergarten classes, child labor laws, a public health service, hot lunch programs, a juvenile justice system and mandatory immunization.
Today the PTA mission is, “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” The National Parent Teacher Association is the largest volunteer child advocacy group in the nation.
StarShine’s parent teacher organization is called, StarShine Parent Association (SPA). The StarShine Parent Association works with the Headmaster and other administrators to coordinate student, parent and teacher events; to provide parent support and training; and to contribute to the success of the students.
Quotes by Alice McLellan Birney
“I do not believe that happiness is calculated to make us selfish. On the contrary, the highest happiness develops sympathy for those less blessed than ourselves.”
“The National Congress of Mothers, irrespective of creed, color, or condition, stands for all parenthood, childhood, homehood.”
“How can the mothers be educated and the nation made to recognize the supreme importance of the child?”
“May the whisper grow into a might shout throughout the land until all mankind take it up as the battle cry for the closing years of the century. 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 alleles be secondary, and coming generations will behold a new world and a new people.”
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