A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR In June, I was fortunate enough to be a part of our annual student awards ceremony recognizing the outstanding 2017-2018 Reflections winners. More than 1,000 people were in attendance with winners, parents, guardians, friends, and sponsors traveling from across Texas to Austin. I extend my grateful thanks to our sponsors Whataburger and Lifetouch for all they did to make this event extra special. This past school year’s Reflections theme was “Within Reach.” After the ceremony concluded, a special artist’s mom approached me and offered her heartfelt, genuine thanks to PTA for hosting the Reflections program. With tears in her eyes, she said, “This program allows my son to be successful with something. You will never know what this means to us.” I replied, “Every child. One voice.” “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” - Jane D. Hull
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As I left the ceremony, I reflected on what this mom said to me. Her comment was about Reflections, but her sentiment goes beyond just one program. Since 1909, Texas PTA has worked tirelessly to ensure every child has opportunities to succeed. Whether it’s health and safety initiatives, public education advocacy, or programs like Reflections, PTA demonstrates time and time again that while raising money to support our campuses is some of what we do, we are so much more. The new school year is in full swing now. Thanks to our PTAs and volunteers for what you do to ensure more and more students receive those chances to know and feel success. PTAs make the difference, one student at a time. I can’t wait until next year’s student awards ceremony to see and hear more stories about how we make a difference in the life of a student. Here’s to you, PTA!
Kyle Ward, CAE Executive Director
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