(Atlanta, GA – October 28, 2013) On Friday November 8, IKEA will announce the 10 local public schools selected to participate in the IKEA Atlanta Soft Toys For Education PTA CHALLENGE. Since 2003, the Soft Toys for Education Campaign has reached more than 10 million children through 90 projects in 46 countries. To date, we’ve donated $74 million to UNICEF and Save the Children programs to help make schools more child-friendly.

These programs include:

·         Providing educational supplies

·         Training teachers in child-friendly teaching techniques

·         Improving access to education for minority children

·         Building better water and bathroom facilities in schools

About the IKEA Foundation

soft_toy_fy14_global_presskit_Page_09The Soft Toys For Education Campaign falls under the umbrella of the IKEA Foundation (formally IKEA Social Initiative). It was formed in 2005 to manage the company’s commitment to social involvements on a global level. The mission of the IKEA Foundation is to improve the rights and life opportunities of many children – fighting for children’s right to a healthy and secure childhood with access to quality education. To support this mission, The IKEA Foundation will donate €1 (as of September 25, 2013, €1 is equal to $1.35 in the US) for every soft toy and children’s book bought between November 10, 2013 and January 4, 2014.


IKEA Atlanta would like to extend support to education locally by challenging public schools in Fulton, North Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Cobb counties to get involved in this global Soft Toys For Education Campaign (must complete attached form). Selected 10 schools will encourage their parents, teachers, and the community to purchase a soft toy at IKEA ranging in price from $0.99 to $19.99. All 10 schools will have the opportunity to win a donation from IKEA.

Prizes include:

$5,000 Grand Prize: School with record of 5,000+ soft toys purchased $2,500 Prize: School with record of 2,500-4,999 soft toys purchased $1,000 Prize: School with record of 1,000-2,499 soft toys purchased $250 Gift Card (7 total): Schools with record of 250+ soft toys purchased


Starts: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Ends: Saturday, January 4, 2014

IKEA in Atlantic Station 441 16th St NW Atlanta, GA 30363


“At IKEA, we want to improve children’s lives and education is the most powerful tool in Atlanta and throughout the world” commented Jim Anastos, Store Manager at IKEA Atlanta.

The New Face of PTA

National PTA President Otha Thornton appeared on “NBC Nightly News’ with Brian Williams” Tuesday October 8. President Thornton addressed leadership, advocacy, and membership. The profile aired in conjunction with NBC’s Education Nation with cameo appearances from Georgia PTA president, Rita Erves and featured the event held during the Glynn County Council Membership Bowl.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

2013-15 Theme Posters Now Available!

For the next two years, Georgia PTA has embraced the theme “We are Today’s  Georgia PTA – Come Join the Journey.”  In keeping with the overall  theme, we also rolled out the 2013-15 membership theme: “Hop On Board  The Membership Express Bus.” The response to both themes has been overwhelmingly positive.
Many of you have expressed interest in being  able to print and display these posters in your school.  We have  listened to your requests and at this time are happy to provide you with  means of producing copies for your use in the field.  Attached you will  find files for both posters that are already in a format that print  shop of your choice will need.
Thanks for being on board with Georgia PTA’s vision for this two-year bus journey!

Hop on Board the Membership Express Bus

We are very optimistic about what the future will bring with regard to increase of membership during our journey together over the next two years. Our new membership theme is: Hop on Board the “Membership Express” Bus! The use of the words, “hop on board” and “membership express” denotes the need to speed up efforts. Georgia PTA experienced a significant decrease in membership during 2012-13. We recognize that we are facing a challenging uphill journey as we kick off the 2013-14 year. However, we have total faith in your efforts coupled with our powerhouse membership team. Together, we can make a difference. We are planning to go places with membership on this bus journey that we have never been before. We ask each local unit to get at least 13 more members in 2013:

 13 more in 2013

Driven by our new theme for 2013-15, we are proud to announce five (5) exciting membership awards :

Premiere Achievers Bus Pass

Achievers ClubAward presented to PTA reporting membership dues for more than 700 members and increased membership by 2% from the previous year by the last business day of April.



First Males on Board

WEAREPTAAward presented to PTA that proactively establishes a Male Involvement Committee to advocate for the importance of males being active and involved in the lives of children and submit contact information of at least 300 male members of their PTA by  December 31, 2013. Based on our 13 more in 2013 campaign, the local unit will receive $201.30.

Download the First Males on Board Form 



Family Pass

Family PassThis award is presented to local PTA reporting membership dues for the largest percent of immediate family units (each individual member of a family must join) by December 31, 2013.  Based on our 13 more in 2013 campaign, the local unit will receive $201.30.

Download the Family Pass Award Form 




Advocates on Board

Amazing AdvocatesAward presented to PTA reporting membership dues for the largest number of elected officials, school board members and superintendents that have joined PTA by the last business day in December.

Based on our 13 more in 2013 campaign, the local unit will receive $201.30.

Download the Advocates on Board Form  




Diversity on the Move

Award presented to PTA that hosts a diversity and inclusion event (for example an international/multicultural family event) at their respective school and reports the largest number of PTA members enrolled at event by the last business day in February.

Based on our 13 more in 2013 campaign, the local unit will receive $201.30.

Download Diversity on the Move Form

OTHA THORNTON: Honored [POWER 100 2013] The Thinkers

OthaThorntonOtha Thornton: He Speaks, The World Listens

Georgia PTA has received some very exciting news regarding Georgia Native and National PTA President, Otha Thornton, Jr.  President Thornton is being honored as “One of the Nation’s Most Influential African-Americans” by EBONY Magazine.  President Thornton is a past Georgia PTA Legislative Chair and member of Georgia PTA Board of Directors.  President Thornton will be featured in the December/January issue of EBONY, which will hit newsstands in early November. He also will be honored during the EBONY Power 100 Gala on November 4 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. A prestigious recognition, the 2013 EBONY Power 100 list includes media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Kerry Washington, civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

“The EBONY Power 100 speaks volumes about the diversity of our accomplishments and the power of our collective influence across virtually every spectrum of society,” said EBONY Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett. “We are thrilled to honor these exceptionally talented people who have inspired and enthralled us and who have helped to shape our lives.”


“The most recognized and respected source for perspective on the African-American community, we are elated that EBONY has chosen to honor our president and the important work of National PTA,” said Eric Hargis, executive director of National PTA. “This prestigious honor underscores President Thornton’s leadership and the difference he and National PTA are making in the lives of our country’s youth through the promotion of educational success, health and well-being, and strong family and community involvement.”


Thornton was installed as president of National PTA in June 2013, making history as the first African-American male chosen to head the 4 million member association. Under his leadership, National PTA has collaborated with prestigious organizations including the NFL and AARP. Since taking the helm, Thornton also has launched an awareness campaign to celebrate the achievements of diverse student populations and share resources and advocacy tools to help school communities address the unique needs of every child. In addition to being recognized by EBONY, Thornton recently was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.


Georgia PTA commends President Thornton on his much deserved recognition and prestigious award.


Click image below to view announcement:

Power100 Logo

CLT 2013 Workshop Webinars


Our Webinar Specialist extraordinaire will be facilitating these workshops.  We have coordinated presenter calendars and are now pleased to release the master calendar.  All workshop webinars will run from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  However, for any of you that may not be able to join us on the date listed below, each webinar will be recorded, and each recording link will be posted to the Georgia PTA website 7 days after the webinar date.

As if that was not enough good news, the Georgia PTA President made a special request to the National PTA Executive Director, Eric Hargis, to present CLT 2013 workshop:  Growing Your PTA Revenue.   He will be presenting this information on November 7.

We are so excited about the opportunity to share this information with each of you and look forward to connecting with you in the coming weeks!

Date Topic
October 22 208 Report Writing REGISTER
October 23 207 National Standards: Framework for Success REGISTER
October 24 211 Increasing Male Involvement & Engaging Dads Over Breakfast REGISTER
October 30 201 More Than Leading the Way: Presidents Basics | Part 2 REGISTER
November 4 206 Principals & PTA REGISTER
November 7 205 Growing Your PTA Revenue REGISTER
November 12 210 Youth Services REGISTER
November 13 203 More Than Money Treasurers | Part 2 REGISTER
November 14 204 Vice Presidents REGISTER
November 18 209 The Value of Membership REGISTER

To confirm webinar attendance, please e-mail Kamara Williams at  kamara@georgiapta.org  listing webinars you will attend at least 2 days prior to the webinar scheduled date.