Take Your Family To School Week
Take Your Family to School Week occurs during the week of February 17th, and this week not only commemorates the day in 1897 when the PTA was founded but also encourages parents to get involved in their children’s education. In the past, many parents have left the responsibility of educating their children to teachers and to schools, but the truth of the matter is that in order for students to be truly successful they’re going to also need their parents to participate in their education.
And that’s why this week is so important. It’s hopefully an inspiration for families to all work together to make sure children have the support they need to go far in their academic careers.
The History Of Taking Your Family To School Week
On February 17th, 1897, the National Parent Teacher Association was founded as the National Congress of Mothers by Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Alice McLellan Birney. In 1908, the organization would change its name to the National Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teacher Associations. Over time, the name of the organization would continue to change until 1966. This is when the terms Parent-Teacher Association and PTA were registered as service marks with the United States government.
In 2006, the National Parent Teacher Association introduced this week as a way to connect parents with their children’s education and school experience. Since Take Your Family To School Week was introduced, people all over the U.S have taken advantage of this week to take a greater role in their children’s education.
Observing Take Your Family To School Week
The best way for parents to observe this week is to play a greater role in their children’s education. This means regularly communicating with teachers, attending parent-teacher conferences, attending open houses, and helping them with their homework.
Of course, parents shouldn’t just limit themselves to doing these things during this one week in February. They should use it as a launching point and continue their connection with the children’s education all year long.