February 10, 2017 
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  Leading the Way for ALL Children, Families and Communities  

On Monday, February 13, NYS PTA will hold its 'Leading the Way' Lobby Day in Albany to support our children, educators and families!

We are excited to share these four advocacy papers, which will be disseminated to the legislature:

Career and Technical Education and Pathways to Success

Restrict and Ban Marketing of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to Children

Support a $2 Billion Investment in Our Children

Heroin and Prescription Opiates/Opioids

And Save the Date!

NYS PTA will hold its new Local Lobby Days over the weeks of March 6 and March 13. If you can't make local meetings, you'll still be able to participate in Virtual Lobby weeks as well!

  Northport Youth Honored with National Award for Leadership and Outstanding Efforts in Advocating for Children  

NYS PTA is honored to announce that Christian Ranieri from Northport, NY has been awarded the National PTA 2017 Outstanding Youth Advocacy Award for his commitment to being a powerful voice for all children. Ranieri was selected to receive the award among applicants from across the country. National PTA will honor Ranieri with the award during the association's 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference, Wednesday, March 8, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

"Mr. Ranieri and students across New York positively impact our schools and communities each day. Mr. Ranieri has been an outstanding advocate for children with special needs and works hard to dispel common myths about autism and students with disabilities," said NYS PTA President Gracemarie Rozea. "We look forward to honoring Christian for his tireless work and dedication at the National PTA Legislative Conference and here in New York."

Click here for the full press release.

  Make a Difference Today, Join PTA! Making Every Child's Potential A Reality!  

Educators and school-related professionals are busy supporting our children, and parents and families across the state are joining NYS PTA to make every child's potential a reality!

Have you renewed your membership for this year yet? Click here to search for your school's PTA and join online 24/7!

#WhyPTA? Check out this awesome flyer here that you can edit to add the amazing things you're doing in your PTA! #DoGoodThings4Kids

Just a reminder! Anyone can join Empire State PTSA, even if you're a member of another PTA. Join to show your support for the association or give a membership as a gift! You'll get all the great info, member emails, and state event details, for just $10! To join ESPTSA click here.

Tell a Friend Member Challenge! Win Gift Certificates and Bragging Rights

Every child needs a champion! Want bragging rights for yourself and your PTA? Want to win a fun prize too? Grab your phone or tablet and take the "Tell a Friend" Challenge!

We challenge you to invite your personal and social media friends and family to support ALL children by joining your local PTA online today.

Help us to strengthen our voice to advocate for ALL children's education, health, welfare and safety. This is what makes #PTAAwesome!

How to enter: Send your list of friends and family who join your PTA from today through February 28 to membership@nyspta.org no later than March 5.

The two members with the highest number of friends who join will win a $25 gift certificate to shop the PTA store. Even better, you'll have bragging rights on the NYS PTA Facebook page, Twitter and we will feature your efforts in the PTAlert! (In case of a tie, winners will be selected by random drawing).

Tell a friend and help us support ALL children!

Check back often as we revise and update membership benefits here!

  Parent Resources  

Is your kid ready for social media? Find out here.

10 phrases to teach RESILIENCE to your kids (from @KidspotSocial).

Find out here why social and emotional skills are vital to keep at-risk students on track.


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