Florida PTA News: March 2016

Mindy Haas, Florida PTA President

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly”. This is a quote by Guatama Buddah, a quote that I have had to think about each day as I wake and feel overwhelmed before I even get out of bed.

The life of a dedicated PTA volunteer is a rewarding one, but one that does not come without being overwhelmed, judged or criticized by others. So each day I have to put my feet on the ground, thicken my skin and keep doing the work of our association and say: Today is a new day, how can I be the “Best Me” today? My answer to myself is: Live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Experience 2016 Leadership Convention…It’s Priceless!
July 14-17, 2016

Registration is now OPEN for the 2016 Florida PTA Leadership Convention!  This is a great time to learn, make new friends and have hands-on training in advocacy, finance, health and wellness, and building membership. Be amongst other delegates to influence the direction of this Association through debate on bylaws, resolutions and creating  policies. Be part of the process of electing the 2016-2018 Executive Committee and much more! Join us at this unique and fun opportunity to gain knowledge and leadership skills to make your upcoming year the best ever!

Register Now!

March is National Reading Month!

It’s always a good time to encourage reading and really foster a love of books in your child!  When parents sit with their children and read aloud, or when children see their parents enjoying reading, it has benefits beyond measure.

National PTA’s web site has a great page dedicated to celebrating reading!


Florida PTA Awards Program


Award deadline is May 1st, 2016.

Florida PTA offers several awards/recognition to PTA/PTSA local units. Each award/recognition is set out below. If you need additional information contact: apply@floridapta.org Or visit the website. Why not apply for any or all awards?

If you have questions contact Awards Chair via awards@floridapta.org.

Membership Matters!

It’s March Madness time and that means your PTA can win cash for being the PTA with the largest increase in membership in the month of March!  If you have questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Linda Nestor.

ANYONE can join the PTA so encourage everyone you know!

Seeds of Change Grant Opportunity

Apply Now! Seeds of Change® Grant Program Awarding $300,000 to School and Community Gardens
It is never too early to ‘turnip’ for your garden! Seeds of Change®, the leading producer of sustainably grown seeds and nutritious organic foods, is inviting you to participate in the 2016 Seeds of Change® Grant Program. Our mission is to help develop and support school and community-based gardening programs and teach individuals about where their food comes from and how it is grown. Through the Grant Program, school and community garden organizations nationwide will have a chance to apply for four (4) $20,000 grants or twenty (20) $10,000 grants  to either start their own school or community garden or help maintain an existing one. In addition, garden leads submitting and receiving grants at the $20,000 level will receive an additional award worth more than $5,000.

Grant Opportunities

Enhance meals in your school!
National PTA’s Healthy School Meals Grant provides local PTAs with tools to use in partnering with schools to improve the quality of school meals. Deadline to apply is April 4, 2016. Click here for more details!

Apply today for $25,000 – $100,000 youth-led grants! 

The State Farm® Youth Advisory Board (YAB) 2016 service-learning grant applications are now open. Four million dollars will be awarded to quality, youth-led service-learning initiatives throughout the United States. Click here for more information!

Founders Day Celebrations

Celebrating Founders Day! From top right: Hillsborough County School Board member Sally Harris (with Flat Mindy!), HCC President Robin DeVault, and Roland Park PTSA President Lisa-Marie L; Broward County Council Past Presidents, Broward County cake celebrating 119 years of advocacy; Hillsborough County Deputy Superintendent Van Ayres (with Flat Mindy!); Broward County Council President Maxine Lewers (center) with members of the Broward County Council PTA.

Flat Mindy Project

Sponsored by the Florida PTA Family/Community Engagement Committee, we are proud to present the “Flat Mindy Project”!
The purpose of the 2016 Flat Mindy Project is to highlight some of the many wonderful Family Engagement and Health & Wellness activities and concepts that are being put into action with children and youth from around our state.  Although anyone can participate in the 2016 Flat Mindy Project, only children, classes or groups from Pre-K through 5th grade in Florida are eligible for the incentive prizes being offered.
For complete rules, and to print out your very own Flat Mindy, please visit our web site.

The Florida PTA Store has many great items to help build your PTA spirit!  Click on the picture to see all the great promotional items you can use as awards and incentives!

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