Working on behalf of children is what PTAs/PTSAs are all about. Always keep in mind the purposes and mission of the association when your local unit is planning a Program. Local Units can provide resources and information to families, educators, communities and students that will help to promote the health, safety and well being of children and families. Local units are encouraged to offer Programs and Activities that help to responsibly assess and intervene in the health, safety and environment of all children, pre-natal through youth. This includes practical, as well as contemporary ethical issues in the areas that affect our children.
Some ideas to promote the Health and Safety can include education, information, programs, activities of unit members, educators, community members, students, and any group that has interest and concerns about children. Workshops, advisory meetings, community presentations, media releases, websites, newsletters, e-mails are all ways to disseminate and get the information out.
Always, make sure your principal has approved your program, activity, or information release. Program ideas can include, but are not limited to: Advocacy for Children Bullying Child Abuse and Prevention Childhood Diseases Childhood Readiness/Early Learning/Voluntary Pre-K Children’s Medical Services (all aspects) Crime and Violence Diet and Exercise Disease Control (STDs, HIV/AIDS, Immunizations, etc) Domestic Violence Drugs and Alcohol (Inhalant Abuse, Over the Counter Drugs, Controlled Drugs, etc.) Drunk Driving Awareness Programs for High School Students Early Infant and Parent Issues Environmental Health (poison prevention, mold, water, etc) Family/Parental Involvement Fingerprinting Gangs and Cults Hearing, Vision, Dental Care for Children Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Injury Prevention Internet Safety and Cyber-Bullying Juvenile Diabetes Literacy Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Parenting Skills Safety (all aspects, car/bus, fire, etc.) School Health-Florida Coordinated School Health Program Stress and Children Tobacco (Smokeless tobacco) and Cigarettes Wellness
Please keep in mind that budgets should be made and will vary according to programs or activities. There are many speakers within your community that might be willing to volunteer time and services. Refreshments, snacks and sometimes a meal is served. Always make sure the event has the endorsement of your Principal.