UNION, NJ – National PTA has awarded the Hannah Caldwell PTA a grant to help meet critical needs of students, families and teachers in their school community due to COVID-19.
The $5,000 grant is made possible by TikTok, a short-form video app and PTA Proud National Sponsor.
“COVID-19 has presented many challenges for families and schools,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Now more than ever, PTAs nationwide are working hard to ensure our students, families and educators are safe, healthy and have what they need—focusing on social and emotional wellbeing, resources for distance teaching and learning, bridging the digital divide and addressing food insecurity.” The Hannah Caldwell PTA is committed to supporting and advocating for their students, families and teachers during this challenging time. With the grant, The Hannah Caldwell PTA will be able to make even more of a difference for their school community.”
With the grant, the Hannah Caldwell PTA will:
1. Purchase, create and distribute enrichment kits stuffed with school supplies to assist parents with their daily virtual schooling;
2. Distribute reading materials digitally and hard cover to each student and classroom to assist with the complications of stress and anxiety brought on by Covid -19
3. Keep the kids moving we have participated with a local business who is offering 3 Yoga classes weekly for 8 weeks to the children virtually;
4. Purchase a schoolwide science experiment for every class in every grade to enjoy;
5. Broadcast our PTA meetings virtually and host a Q & A with Psychologists to help build the bridge of communication amongst the school and families during the virtual school year;
6. Host a covid friendly, socially distanced outdoor event with treats and music maintaining social distancing guidelines as stated by the Department of Health and following all guidelines and precautions as stated in the CDC Guidelines.
A Hannah PTA member said that this grant means to them “more educational opportunities for our children”. A local community member stated that “It is nice to see the PTA giving back to the community”. Another parent exclaimed that “I am so impressed with how hard the PTA worked this summer to ensure these kids had a good year: I am excited to call myself a Hannah Caldwell Parent”.
The Hannah Caldwell PTA’s grant is part of $1.5M in funding that the National PTA is providing to PTAs across the country for COVID-19 relief efforts. In addition to providing the funding, National PTA launched a comprehensive webpage at PTA.org/COVID-19 with resources, tools and information to support families and educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The association has also focused several episodes of its Notes from the Backpack podcast on topics of concern for families due to COVID-19. As part of National PTA’s Back-to-School Week (Sept. 14-18), the association will be sharing information and resources at PTA.org/BackToSchool and on social media to help PTA leaders, parents, students and teachers navigate the new school year. Further, National PTA continues to advocate for access and support for families and schools for online learning, access to school meals, funding for family engagement, and fiscal and policy relief for state and local education agencies.