| The Santa Barbara Area Council of PTAs
Honorary Service Awards Reception
TBD 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Light Dinner, Entertainment and Awards Program
Founders Day is a perfect time to renew our dedication to the purposes of the PTA that were defined by our founders more than a century ago. Each year in February, the PTA honors the three founders as well as past and present PTA leaders. PTA also attempts to increase awareness of its members and the community by highlighting achievements, activities, projects and goals. Therefore, the Santa Barbara Area Council of PTAs celebrates Founders Day during our annual Honorary Service Awards reception in May.
Origin of Founders Day
The Founders Day celebration was created in 1910 by Mrs. David O. Mears, a charter member of the National Congress of Mothers founded by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst in Washington, DC on February 17, 1897. The Founders Day observance has continued through the change of organization names in 1925 to the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and the uniting in 1970 with the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers founded in 1926 by Selena Sloan Butler, to become the National PTA.
Issues concerning immigrants, homeless children and families, the unemployed and the uneducated and numerous health and safety concerns still need attention. However, through PTA advocacy to enact and enforce laws, our children’s health is better protected and children are better fed, housed and educated, with parents more involved in their upbringing. The vision of our founders has been realized in many ways, and it is now up to us to continue the vision.
Last year, the Santa Barbara Area Council of PTAs honored:
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