For Immediate Release
Date: 
Jun. 6, 2013
Contact: 
Melissa Adamson, madamson@uwpcnc.org, 252-758-1604

Parents for Public Schools Announces Pitt County (NC) Chapter

Parents for Public Schools proudly announces the formation of its chapter in Pitt County, North Carolina. Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County becomes the 19th chapter among 13 states. Chapters work to empower parents to be leaders in their school districts and work with school leadership and the community to strengthen public schools.

In Pitt County, Kathy Herring and other parents who were committed to their public schools were looking for a way to organize their efforts at a system-wide level. “We have parents across Pitt County who work tirelessly in our schools every day,” Herring said. “Parents actively involved in their schools have a vast array of experiences and leadership skills that can be put to use promoting the positives in our system.”

Herring and other parents approached United Way of Pitt County, the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce, Pitt County Schools and a local family foundation with the idea to start a PPS Chapter. “The positive reception to the chapter has been outstanding,” Herring said. “Everyone agrees that public education is the cornerstone of our community. Whether or not you have children in the public school system, you are impacted by it every day. Our educational success impacts economic development, poverty issues, and the ability to create and fill jobs.” The group has met its first year fundraising goal, plans to hold meetings and expand its membership in attendance areas throughout the county, and implement a parent leadership program.

Maureen Brazel, parent of a Farmville area student, added that incorporating with a national organization was important. “I have been encouraged by the support Parents for Public Schools (national) has provided to our chapter as we tried to form,” Brazel said. “The application process we went through helped us determine our priorities with data and feedback from the core group of parents who started the chapter. Our hope is that as we branch out through Pitt County, we can provide all parents with opportunities to share their feedback on important education issues.”

“Parents for Public Schools is delighted to welcome PPS of Pitt County to our family of chapters across the United States," said Anne Foster, PPS National Executive Director. “PPS chapters engage and mobilize parents to support and improve their local public schools, and they educate parents on how to address system-wide challenges. PPS chapters promote public school enrollment and serve as education partners with school leaders to strengthen public schools. The new chapter in Pitt County has all the pieces in place to be a strong chapter and to have an impact on the quality of public education in their region.”

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