High honors for Northshore PTAs

  • Written by Don Mann
Northshore School District PTAs (Parent-Teacher Associations) won a backpack-full of awards at the Washington State PTA Convention held April 29-May 1 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sea Tac, Wash., and the volunteer group from Arrowhead Elementary School in Kenmore was once again sent to the head of the class — selected the WSPTA 2011 Outstanding Local Unit of the Year.(Yes, they even hold conventions for PTAs.) Arrowhead, which also won the award in 2009, will receive a stipend from WSPTA to allow them to send delegates to the National PTA Convention in Orlando, Fla. in early June.

"Arrowhead has accomplished some wonderful things this year and are truly deserving of the title," Northshore PTA President Sue Freeman said, "but other Northshore PTAs have done some amazing things as well."

The list of awards:

Outstanding Local Unit of the Year: Arrowhead; Gold Level Honor Unit: Arrowhead; Silver Level Honor Unit: Wellington; Bronze Level Honor Unit: Canyon Creek; Local Unit Standards of Excellence: Gold level- Arrowhead; Silver level- Wellington, Canyon Creek;

PTAs Taking Significant Action Award/ Local Unit Winners: Canyon Creek ("Science Enrichment Program"), Wellington ("Helping Hands Service Club"); Outstanding Newsletters/ Junior/ Middle and High School: 2nd Place - Bothell HS; Outstanding Newsletters/ Elementary: 2nd Place - Arrowhead; Communications Awards/ Elementary Electronic Media: 1st Place (tie) - Arrowhead; Communications Awards/ Elementary Web Division: 3rd Place - Arrowhead; 100 percent Membership Award: Arrowhead (one of 28 Local Units statewide to earn the achievement); Council Standards of Excellence: Gold Level - Northshore Council PTA; Communications Awards/ Council Electronic Media: 3rd Place - Northshore Council PTA; Communications Awards/ Council Web: 1st Place - Northshore Council PTA; PTA Men Essay Contest Winners: Megan Jensen from Arrowhead in the 3rd-5th Grade group.

Freeman said a record number of Northshore delegates, including several first-timers, attended the convention and the group’s "Scholarship Raffle Basket" helped raise funds for the WSPTAs scholarship program.

The Arrowhead contingent was led by co-presidents Cindy Jensen and Laura Nordyke, who were delighted for the recognition, but passed it on.

"The success of Arrowhead can be attributed to a great relationship with the staff, a community of parents who care about all the kids and a lot of volunteers who work really hard and implement creative, fun and educational programs," Nordyke said. "Arrowhead PTA is built on a foundation of great leaders that came before us and paved the way to help make the school the great place it is to be a part of today."

Said Jensen: "I can tell you it’s a total honor to be named the No. 1 PTA in a state with over 950 local PTA units. We’ve been fortunate to have great leaders come before us to set the stage."

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