National PTA Founders Day - What Does It Mean?

By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Published: Feb 17, 2021

National PTA Founders Day - What does it mean? The National PTA is celebrating Founders Day on February 17th. It is a reminder of the substantial role that the organization has played locally, regionally and nationally.

It honors PTA’s founders Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Alice McLellan Birney, and the founder of Georgia’s Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, Selena Sloan Butler. The National Congress of Mothers, now the National PTA, was founded in 1897 in Washington D.C. They called for action and 2000 people responded.

Today, the National PTA has almost 5.5 million members in 54 Congresses. In 1926, Mrs. Selena Sloan Butler of Georgia, founded the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers to address the special needs of student’s in the states where segregation was legally sanctioned. In 1970, the two PTAs formally merged. Mrs. Butler is recognized as a co-founder of the National PTA.

These are great ways to celebrate Founder’s Day: display pictures and memorabilia describing PTA’s more than 100-year history, research and draw up your PTA’s historical milestones, observe the inclusiveness of PTA’s founding by organizing a culture festival celebrating your community’s various ethnic and cultural groups. In addition, you could present honorary life memberships to past PTA presidents and other volunteers who have made a tremendous impact in their communities, invite all past living PTA presidents to attend a special meeting, recite the mission of the National PTA at a special meeting, send a founder’s day gift to National PTA, such as $1 for each year of membership or $1 for every unit chartered. Visit the National PTA website for more information.


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