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Two West Virginia Schools Receive the 2014-2016 National PTA Schools of Excellence

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September 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Wednesday honored two West Virginia Schools for being recognized by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as National PTA Schools of Excellence for 2014-2016. Lubeck Elementary PTA from Wood County and Johnson Elementary PTA from Harrison County were among 170 schools across the nation to receive the designation based on their achievements in building strong family-school partnerships.

Johnson Elementary
From L to R – Justin Raber, West Virginia PTA President; Gayle Manchin, WVBE President; Rose Rosanna, Johnson Elementary PTA President; Vicki Huffman, Johnson Elementary Principal; Jennifer Bell, Johnson Elementary PTA Vice President; Seanna Pugh, Johnson Elementary PTA Treasurer

“The efforts of these schools to engage and involve families are making a substantial, positive impact on student success and well-being, and we are pleased to recognize their hard work and achievements with the National PTA School of Excellence designation,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “As a new school year gets underway, it is an important time for schools nationwide to commit to partnering with families to ensure students have the support they need to succeed throughout the year.”

Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger. Being recognized with the National PTA School of Excellence designation demonstrates the schools’ leadership nationwide and their commitment to partnering with families to support student success and continuous school improvement.

“Lubeck Elementary PTA and Johnson Elementary PTA are true examples of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together to address barriers and open up new ways for families to support student success,” said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. “The National PTA School of Excellence awarded these West Virginia schools for achieving a high level of engagement and making substantial improvements.”

Lubeck Elementary
From L to R – Justin Raber, West Virginia PTA President; Tracy Fling, Lubeck Elementary PTA President; Gayle Manchin, WVBE President

“Our two schools honored as PTA Schools of Excellence meet the highest standards for family-school partnerships which ultimately bring higher standards to the school and community to ensure that every child can meet their fullest potential,” added WV PTA President Justin Raber.

The National PTA is comprised of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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