Be there or be square! Read this email for upcoming events that could affect you child’s education.

PTA Day at the Capitol, Spring Conference, and elections – this issue is all about events! Show up, make a difference.

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

A lot goes into planning an event. And having hosted my fair share of these, I can say that the number one concern is usually turnout – will they show up? 
Well, this month, it’s important to you and your child to show up. 

First, we have PTA Day at the Capitol on February 25. We will gather at 9 AM at the Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, then head over to the Capitol building. There are bills that we support, bills that we oppose. The only way that legislators know how to vote is if we tell them. Please wear red that day. Register here, the price of admission includes lunch. 

Save the date for our Spring Conference, Brunch and Bash. Start by connecting with our brunch provider – The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.). They are looking to partner with you. 
During our program, learn about resources and support for your child as we have the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice deliver information for all parents on advocating for their children  We will have more details soon, and the event is free to attend, but please register/RSVP so we know how many people we need to feed.
Tentative Agenda
9:30 a.m. Brunch provided by The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.)
10 a.m. District 10 Meeting
10:30 Presentation by the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Please share this event in your newsletters and with your parents – all are welcome!

And last, but certainly not least, are elections. We have a presidential primary coming up soon, and you need to be registered ahead of time in order to vote. Three years ago the balance of power in the Virginia legislature hinged on drawing a name out of a hat to resolve a tie. Every vote counts, don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. See our sidebar for important dates and deadlines. Voting is free, while the costs of not voting are enormous.

For ALL the children, thank you for being there when they need you most,


John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021 



Important Dates 
March 21, 2020 – Spring Conference 
Centennial High School 
9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA, 30076
RSVP – free! 


Elections – Important Dates 

February 18 – Mock Elections using new voting machines – Details
February 24 – Last Day to register to vote in the Primary – Register online
February 25 – PTA Day at the Capitol – Register here
March 24 – Presidential Primary – Find your polling place



Official Fulton County Schools app 


Infinite Campus, bus schedules, lunch menus and more – all in one place. if you are a Fulton parent, you do not want to miss out on the official Fulton County Schools app. 
Find it on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store






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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: (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

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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Check out the Gallery – D10 Fall Conference

Credit: Tara Surratt and Lynn McIntyre


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PTA Advocacy – a History

I was asked to develop this presentation for PTA’s Advocacy Day at Clayton State University on October 26, 2018. You will need to download it and view it as a slideshow to appreciate it. There are many issues we fought for – or against – for more than 100 years. Looking at the list, there are still things we are fighting for, and others that are so common we just take it for granted that they have always been there. 

Download the presentation here


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Calling all advocates! And congratulations to our schools receiving National PTA grants.

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Thank you to each and every one of you who attended our Fall Conference this past weekend. As always, South Fulton Council did an excellent job hosting the event at the Teaching Museum South. And a big thank you to our panelists for providing insight on advocacy:

  • Cynthia Briscoe Brown,  Atlanta Board of Education member, Seat 8 (At Large)
  • Dr. Eric Hollinhead, Area Executive Director, Fulton County Schools
  • Dr. Gyimah Whitaker, Area Superintendent, Fulton County Schools
  • Vernetta Keith Nuriddin, Legislative Committee Chair, Georgia PTA


Georgia PTA Advocacy Conference

Date: October 26, 2019
Location: Clayton State University East, Arbor Hall
5823 Trammell Rd, Morrow, GA 30260
Time: 9:30 a.m.

The 2019 Georgia PTA Take Action Advocacy Conference aims to equip, inspire, and motivate advocates to unite as one voice for every child. Invite your administrators, educators, superintendents, school board members, business partners and student leaders to attend. To ensure your seat, register early.
Find more information and register here . ($10 PTA members/$15 nonmembers)

Raising Resilient Kids – A Community Symposium

Date: November 2
Location: Centennial High School
9310 Scott Rd. 
Roswell GA 30076
Time: 8:30 – 4:00

A day of workshops, discussions, and seminars designed to support families in their desire to raise successful, resilient, and healthy people. Come for a free continental breakfast and lunch, hear the keynote speaker, and attend workshops that interest you. There is something for every parent and teen!
Link to flier
Register here (free!)

Local PTAs Win Big With National PTA Grants

Over 3,100 local, council, and district PTAs applied for this fall’s National PTA grants – only about 200 were awarded – and two PTAs that won are from District 10! Congratulations to:

Charles R. Drew Charter School PTA, Atlanta for their STEM+Families Science Festival Grant
sponsored by Bayer

Asa G. Hilliard ES PTA, East Point for their Take Your Family to School Week Grant
sponsored by Office Depot

Send us pictures or share them with us on Facebook!

Save Big at the Georgia PTA Mart

The PTA Mart is holding special sales through November 15. 
Pink t-shirts: $5.00 (Regular price: $10 – 50% off!)
Polo shirts – men’s and women’s – $18 (regular price $20)
Call 404-659-0214 (PTA office) and ask for Ms. Margie 

Charity Connection

Foster Care Support Foundation helps thousands of kids in Georgia who are being cared for by someone who is not their biological parent. The organization is seeking 1,000 people to donate $25 or more per month to sponsor a child. Will you help by setting up an automatic donation through your local bank bill-pay system or through the PayPal and be a sponsor for a child?


John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021

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