Monday, February 22, 2016

Introducing the CPCI Program

This year, the CCPTA, under the leadership of President Chris Ditta, has decided to highlight solutions within our schools. Our goal is to identify and elevate PTA practices that work well in our schools, and share them broadly for others to adopt and modify to meet the needs of their families. As part of these conversations, we have been asked by PTAs who sometimes have excess funds how they could share their funds with schools who may not have the PTA infrastructure to fundraise to cover their initiatives.

Last fall, the CCPTA Board discussed the idea of creating a fund with Dr. Murphy, and asked what existing APS initiatives we could support through pooled funding. Together, we agreed to try creating a central fund, built from donations by PTAs, to support various initiatives in our public schools.

At the December meeting, the CCPTA board announced a new initiative: the CCPTA-PTA Collaboration Initiative, or CPCI.  Through this collaboration, PTAs and community organizations may contribute to a central fund. The fund will provide assistance to school PTAs that may not be in a position to pay for schools events or class trips.

Donations to the CPCI fund may be made in the form of money or in-kind resources. The CCPTA leadership has asked each PTA to earmark a donation for this initiative, and provide their donation by January 26, 2016. If a PTA does not have the ability to donate funds, it is encouraged to donate excess goods, assistance or expertise to another PTA. The CPCI initiative was discussed at our December 14th CCPTA meeting.

To date, the CCPTA has received some donations, but it is not too late for your PTA to give! If you have questions on the initiative, please contact one of the CCPTA Board Members. If your PTA would like to make a donation, please contact our Treasurer, Linley Mancilla.

For additional information about this program, or information on how to apply for funding, please see our PTA Resources page.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Celebrating Arlington's History Makers - Tonight at H-B Woodlawn (Stratford Building)

Back to Stratford: Arlington Honors Those Who Fought for School Integration and Made History

February 1, 2016
On February 2, 1959, four African American seventh-graders entered Stratford Junior High School, marking the beginning of the end of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s practice of public school segregation. They were the first African American students in Arlington County to attend their neighborhood school rather than a segregated school.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, all four of the original integrating students will return to the Stratford Building, now home to the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. Fifty-seven years ago on that day, they  had to negotiate a battalion of helmeted police officers protecting the perimeter of the school grounds. This time, they will be honored participants in a special evening, “Celebrating Arlington’s History Makers.”
The former students will join a distinguished panel of community members in Stratford Auditorium, 4100 Vacation Lane in Arlington, where the County invites the public to join in honoring them and the community effort that helped bring about integration.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a screening of the 2001 documentary “It’s Just Me … The Integration of the Arlington Public Schools,” which was developed by the Arlington Educational Television (AETV) staff to share the memories and reflections of the people who were involved in the struggle to integrate Arlington Public Schools.
After the screening, the former students will join community leaders to discuss that pivotal time and the role each played
The panelists include:
  • Students who integrated Stratford Junior High School in February 1959
    • Michael Jones
    • Gloria Thompson
    • Lance Newman
    • Ronald Deskins
  • Alfred O. Taylor, Jr., civic activist, educator, author, and community historian
  • Sharon Mondé, APS graduate and former APS teacher and administrator
  • Carmela Hamm, daughter of Dorothy Hamm, Arlington leader in the struggle to integrate schools
  • Martha Miller, Stratford Junior High School teacher in 1959, author
  • Moderator: Drew Costley,
Event Sponsors:
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Arlington County Government
  • Arlington Chapter of the NAACP
  • Black Heritage Museum of Arlington