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February 25, 2014 > Gomes Elementary celebrates a history of advocacy

Gomes Elementary celebrates a history of advocacy

Submitted By Queenie Chong

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of John Gomes Elementary School, Fremont, marked the anniversary of the founding of the National PTA by honoring 13 special people from the school community for their achievements.

The National PTA celebrates Founders Day every February, commemorating the visionary women who, more than 100 years ago, started the organization Ð Alice Birney and Phoebe Hearst, co-founders of the Congress of Mothers Ð and honoring past and present PTA leaders. We also remember Selena Butler who in 1926 founded the National Congress of Colored Parents & Teachers, which united with National PTA in 1970.

The PTA is the nationÕs oldest, largest and highest-profile volunteer organization working on behalf of public schools, children and families. The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing its members and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership, and communication.

At a special reception on February 11, Gomes Elementary School honored the following community parents and teachers for their time, effort and dedication: Frances Bender, Diane Geschke, Jana Harvey, Ujwala Warey (Very Special Teacher Award); Joe Lee, Annam Srinivasan, Divya Raman (Very Special Person Award); Nicole Cantu, Queenie Chong, Norm Howell, Ying Shen (Honorary Service Award); Joy Suh (Continuing Service Award);Nivi Gupta (Golden Oak Award).

ÒWeÕre proud to recognize the achievements of these very special individuals at the Founders Day event,Ó said Chitra Arunachalam, Parliamentarian of Gomes PTA and co-chair of the event. ÒThe work of our dedicated parent volunteers and school staff members benefits all children, which is the heart of the PTAÕs mission.Ó

Fremont Council Founders Day will be held on March 18 at the Saddle Rack in Fremont. Awards will be presented to honor community members who exemplify the mission of our Fremont PTAs.
Congratulations to all stakeholders - students, parents, educators and school staff - of John Gomes Elementary as they continue to benefit from the diligent and creative work of a vibrant PTA!

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