FCS and APS PTAs – hit the ground running! An event, a partnership, and more




From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

I hope you all had an excellent holiday break! We are back in full swing with news, events, and a possible partnership for you. Don’t miss any of this!

Bending Toward Justice: In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Georgia PTA District 10 is collaborating with Georgia Appleseed, Working Films, Fulton County Juvenile Court Pathways Committee, and the Georgia Education Climate Coalition (GECC)  to host a film screening, data presentation, and panel discussion to learn more about how to make our schools more equitable, particularly through the mechanisms of school discipline and the juvenile justice system. 

Film/Screening: Segregated City, a short episode from The New York Times 
This event is FREE and open to the public, but ticket reservations are required. Reserve your seat ASAP:  
RSVP: http://bit.ly/Jan16Film (please sign up soon if you are interested – the venue is filling up!)
Data Presentation: Presentation of Changing the Odds report on addressing inequality in Atlanta, by Rubye Sullivan, Senior Associate for Education Achievement, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Panel Discussion:
– Michael Waller, Georgia Appleseed Interim Executive Director, Moderator
– A Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge
– Jason Esteves, Board Chair, Atlanta Public Schools
– Maribel Bell, Director Office of Student Discipline, Fulton County Schools

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event begins at 7:00 p.m.
Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308


Non profit looking to partner with Fulton and Atlanta schools to combat obesity

Are you looking for a resource for National PTA’s Healthy LifeStyles initiative? Is your school involved in tackling obesity challenges facing many of our students? The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) was formed in 2002, with the mission of being a resource for families with overweight and obese children.  Over the last 17 years, they have provided a supportive learning environment for over 85,000 at-risk and clinically diagnosed obese children in metropolitan Atlanta.

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Community Teaching Kitchen recently opened at 125 Ellis Street NE in Atlanta and is looking to develop a strong relationship with your PTA!  They  provide cooking classes for low income families, employee team building cooking classes, health based lunch and learn workshops and culinary summer camps for overweight children. Their everyday goal is to teach families how to eat healthy with in-season foods, on a limited budget , and with very little preparation time or tools. Check out their program and contact them today!
(404) 996-2362

Welcome Harper-Archer ES to PTA!

Atlanta Council President Richard Quartarone and I had the pleasure of chartering a new PTA – Harper Archer Elementary PTA in Atlanta. Setting up bylaws, performing a membership drive, and holding an election makes for one very long night, but the enthusiastic group of parents and staff, along with their supportive principal, Dr. Dione Taylor, stayed strong as we brought them officially under the PTA umbrella. Congratulation Harper-Archer ES – we look forward to seeing you grow and thrive as a PTA! 

Incorporation invoice communication sent to local units

From Georgia PTA: Incorporation invoices are sent out starting in November through the end of December. If your local unit has not received your invoice by now you should email nina@georgiapta.org

While incorporation is not required, it is highly recommended that PTAs become incorporated under GA PTA for purposes of liability coverage.  Please discuss as a board and proceed accordingly. Incorporation is one of the most important steps a PTA can take to protect its officers and volunteers from being personally liable or responsible for a PTA’s debts or legal obligations. The existence of a corporation serves to establish protection for, and limit the liability of, the individual members of the PTA while performing PTA business. Incorporating does nothing to change the liability of the PTA in the event of a lawsuit, but individual personal liability is minimized.
Fee schedule:

  • $30 – annual renewal Fee
  • $30 +$25 (annual renewal fee and late fee-after March 1) = $55
  • $30 + 25 + $30 (previous year annual renewal fee, late fee, and current year renewal fee) = $85
  • $250 (if Incorporation lapses after the deadline according to the Secretary of State)

For a new incorporation: $175 – use this form for a new incorporation

For ALL the children, thank you for being a volunteer, a parent, a leader, and an advocate.

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021



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