As parents we want to make sure our children are receiving the best education possible. A local man has taken that challenge and has become the new leader of the National Parent Teacher Association.
Otha Thornton lives in Richmond Hill and is ready to make a difference and get more people involved. Even though his two kids are grown up, Thornton wants to be the voice to help others.
"I tell parents if you're not at the table you're on the menu and people are making decisions about your children because you're not in the schools," said Thornton.
Having a local active PTA can help make sure your concerns are getting addressed.
"We had so much parental involvement we were able to get additional resources. We were able to influence the school and the board on teachers that we received because as parents we said we want our kids to have high quality teachers," said Thornton.
Thornton said numerous studies have shown children do better in school when their parents take an interest.
"Any way that parents can be involved in schools, checking in on how they are doing with their school work or taking part in extracurricular activities, its showing children that they care," said Thornton.
The PTA President said at the national level they are working to improve school safety, healthy food options, and curriculum standards.
"What curriculum do we need to make our kids competitive internationally because we were lagging behind in mathematics and science in the world scene," said Thornton.
Thornton plans on joining Godley Stations PTA and will try to expand the program in this area.
"I have always been a part of a local unit wherever I was so as we make decisions up here [at the top] how does it filter down here and are we in sync so that's been very helpful and I plan on continuing that as I move forward," said Thornton.
The National PTA was founded in 1897 and Thornton is making history as the first African American male chosen to lead the association.
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