Saturday, January 28, 2012

Whitman Elementary PTA Wins $1,000 National PTA Grant

Whitman Elementary’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was one of 45 PTAs nationwide to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the 2012 PTA Take Your Family to School Week Grant Program. The grant is meant to enable PTAs to implement programs that engage families in the school community.

Whitman was awarded the grant in December and its PTA plans to use it for activities centered around the school's Family Science Week Feb. 13-16. Families and friends are welcome to join Whitman in these fun-filled and informative activities:

Monday, February 13, 2012: UCSD Jacob’s School of Engineering
Come learn about the basic concepts of Engineering from one of Whitman’s Partners.
Two assemblies: Grades 4-6: 1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., Grades K-3: 2:25 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Monday, February 13, 2012: Family Science Night, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Reuben H Fleet, Whitman’s Partner, will be presenting concepts of science and offer hands-on experiments sure to delight children.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012: Career Day
In-school event where parents and community members will visit classrooms to speak about their careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012: Read to Your Student Day
Parents and caregivers are welcome to read to their student’s classroom.

Thursday, February 16, 2012: Robotics Day
Students from the James Madison High School involved in the Robotics Club will be invited to partner with classrooms to explore and build robotics using Kinetic Robotics.

Each year, "Take Your Family to School Week" is celebrated as a way to honor PTA’s legacy of building family-school partnerships. This year, the celebration runs February 12–18, 2012.

PTA "Take Your Family to School Week" is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable. The AXA Foundation is a Proud National Sponsor of PTA. The AXA Foundation provides more than $1.3 million a year in scholarships to make college a reality for students across the country.

For more information, contact Laura Schumacher with the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs at 619-297-7821 or