October 7, 2015
Can you believe we are already a month into the school year? I know each and every one of you is working hard to create a warm, welcoming and safe environment for the children and families in your school community.
Last September, the OK2SAY school safety initiative was launched and Michigan PTA actively played a role in advocating for implementation of the program. OK2SAY provides an avenue for submitting confidential tips on potential criminal activities or harm directed at students, school employees, and schools - 24/7, 365 days/year.
Read the second issue of the OK2SAY Newsletter and review the positive impact for yourself.
You can make a difference by ensuring every student is equipped to protect themselves and others. Schedule that conversation...download the app together...program numbers into phones. More Information
If your school hasn't already embraced the OK2SAY program, I encourage your PTA/PTSA to take time to learn more about how you can empower students to have the courage to speak up...to prevent harmful behavior and avert tragedy. Schools can register for OK2SAY programming at www.mi.gov/ok2say.
Thank you for your efforts every day to help keep Michigan's children safe.
October 2, 2015
I want to take a moment to personally invite you each to join us in Lansing on October 22nd for Advocacy Day. Our overall theme for the 2015-2016 year is: The Power of You. PTA’s advocacy work is grounded in the power of individual action and we want to give that power a voice. Advocacy Day 2015 will focus on the topic of Student Data Privacy as well as other timely issues impacting children and families. Experts and legislators will be on hand to give attendees up to date information on what’s happening in our state as well as nationally, answer your questions, and hear your concerns. Don’t miss this opportunity!
I want to personally thank Microsoft for their sponsorship that allows us to offer free registration to our members. I look forward to meeting each of you in person on October 22nd. Thank you for everything you do every day on behalf of our children and families.