Male Engagement Conference 2014

This message is on behalf of Georgia PTA President, Rita Erves, and the Georgia PTA Male Involvement Committee (Reginald Forrest/Chair and Keith Lamar/Vice Chair):

We are sure that all of you as excited as we are about the upcoming National PTA Male Engagement Conference that is just around the corner from October 24-26 in Atlanta. The increasing amount of male involvement that we have seen over the past years in this state tells us that Georgia will be well represented at this Conference. We have a few reminders to share with you.

Zoo Atlanta Educators and PTA Members Appreciation Day

Georgia PTA is pleased to announce to its membership that this year’s Zoo Atlanta Educator Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Georgia PTA has enjoyed a long standing partnership with our friends at Zoo Atlanta. This relationship has resulted in awesome benefits for all card-carrying PTA members. Georgia PTA would like to take this opportunity to formally express our sincere THANKS for all of the educators across the state [teachers, school and school district administrators [including our superintendents] that have already joined their local PTA/PTSAs for this new school year. If you have not yet joined for the 2014-15 year, we encourage you to do so. In addition to free admission for one PTA member per household each year on Educator’s day, families can also receive $10.00 off Zoo memberships, or Rare Care animal sponsorships as well.

For more information, click here.

Your Vote, Your Voice – Be Sure To Vote July 22!

At Georgia PTA’s recent Convention Leadership Training, our Legislative Leadership Team hosted the State Superintendent Candidates’ Forum. All four run off candidates participated in forum. It was recorded and has been placed on You Tube and the Georgia PTA website for your viewing pleasure. Please click on video below.

State Superintendent Candidates’ Forum Video

– Georgia PTA Legislative Leadership Team.

Educator Appreciation Day

Zoo Atlanta welcomes educators and their families to the biannual Educator Appreciation Day sponsored by Macy’s. Educators receive FREE admission (educator ID required) and $2 OFF general admission for accompanying guests. Register online today to utilize Express Entry. Visit the Educator’s Lounge in the Ford Tent from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to receive your coupon for 10% off gift shops and food outlets. Stick around to meet Zoo staff and education vendors, while your children enjoy private animal encounters and face painting. Visit to learn more!

39th PTA Day at the Capitol


39th PTA Day at the Capitol






For over 100 years, the PTA has been the voice for those who were too young to speak for themselves and for those that were ignored.


After a thorough discussion with Tyler Barr about our 39th annual PTA Day at the Capitol celebration, we made a slight adjustment to the PTA Day program. The decision was made to mirror an action made by our PTA founders.  Our founders advocated for a strong public school system through the universal kindergarten program. They also fought off threats to our children by eliminating child labor laws. Their advocacy efforts helped to provide support to other PTA members who wanted to speak up with a powerful voice.


We are rallying the troops, both young and old, to come and stand with our State President Rita Erves as we dress in Red to Rally for the Legislative Hot Topics as deemed by you, the members of PTA and our Legislative Team.


However, before our march to the Capitol, we will hear a presentation on Common Core from Dr. Dana Rickman, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.  We are so excited about having our National PTA Legislative Chair, Stella Edwards, at this event to give us many helpful tips on how to advocate effectively.  This dynamic duo will provide the resources and training that will strengthen our powerful voice on behalf of “every child!”




 Stella Edwards, National PTA Legislative Chair


Dr. Dana Rickman, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education


John Barge, State School Superintendent


Rita Erves, Georgia PTA President




School’s Out! Safari Day Camp

The best break for K-5th graders: School’s Out! Safari Day Camp continues on Feb. 14 and Feb. 17-21. School may be out, but camp is definitely in! Zoo Atlanta offers a fun and exciting day of learning for your children even when school is not in session. Campers enjoy Zoo tours, crafts and more in the home of more than 1,500 animals from around the world. Book now!