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Grant for Local PTA Unit Scholarship 2017 Florida PTA Conference – Deadline May 22

2017 Florida PTA Conference Scholarship

Needs based scholarships are available from the Duval County Council of PTAs/PTSAs to support the attendance of 2016-2017 PTA leaders, who will be officers/chairs at their local unit, at the Florida State Leadership Conference and Convention. Recipients are to be selected by the Executive Committee of the Duval County Council of PTAs/PTSAs. The scholarship will provide for one standard hotel room with 2-person occupancy, $75.00 gas allowance, and 2 registration fees. Only one scholarship per unit allowed. The Local Unit will be required to write a check to the Council in the amount of $250. The Council treasurer will hold the check and it will be deposited only in the case that the local unit fails to attend the event. Deadline May 22, 2017.

For complete requirements and application click on the following link: Florida PTA Convention Scholarship App 2017

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National PTA Offers New Leadership eLearning Courses for Local Leaders

These leadership courses are designed specifically for local PTA leaders. All of the courses in this section will help new and experienced local leaders improve their leadership skills, and illuminate areas of running a local PTA that new leaders may not currently be aware of. View the course list.  To access our eLearning courses, you will need an online National PTA profile. For assistance with creating a profile or registering for a course, please read the eLearning registration guide.



PTA Reflections Winners From Duval County

Check out the list of Florida PTA Reflections winners from Duval County. Thirty-one students placed at the state level. Four of those will continue on to the national-level competition.

Spring Leadership Workshop April 20

Duval County Council PTA Spring Leadership Workshop April 20, 2017 class time table.  If you would like to register for the workshop Click Here.  If you would like to learn more about the new PTA/PTSA workshop award Click Here.


Spring Leadership Workshop April 20

Chartwell’s Chefs in Schools Program

chartwell-chefWe have a few different formats that we can use for a Chefs 2 Schools visit. The most common is our more interactive visit, in which our Chef and dietician prepare a sample of a healthy dish utilizing a fruit or vegetable that is our food focus of the month. We typically try to tie this back in to something that is offered on our menus. This is our most popular version of the Chefs 2 School event. Typically, we host around 30-50 students at these visits. Students get the opportunity to see the chef in action, the chef uses a few student volunteers to assist him, the dietician reviews nutrition education facts regarding the dish, and students get to take home a recipe card.

We can also provide a Chefs 2 School event for the whole school, set during lunch service. This is less interactive, and really focuses on the students simply sampling the item and taking a recipe card home.

Our third option, is called Food Art Friday. During this event, one of our chefs will provide the selected students with fresh fruits/vegetables, and allow them to create artwork with it. We usually reserve this for younger elementary students. They are able to touch, taste, and learn about healthy fruits/veggies. This is typically around 30-40 students due to the interactive nature of the visit.

For more information contact Louisa Alderson, Chartwells Marketing & Communication Manager, Office phone:  904-732-5117,  Louisa.Alderson@compass-usa.com.


National PTA Family Reading Experience

Reading Together In Favorite Places

reading-familyJuliet sits down with her child, Kakii to talk about learning how to read and their favorite place to read at home.  National PTA and Kindle celebrate the Family Reading Experience – a campaign that inspires families to keep learning alive by reading great books together. National PTA empowers families with tips and activities that encourage ongoing reading, while challenging them to share photos, videos and memories that demonstrate how and why reading together is a fun and treasured family activity.

Find out more about how your PTA can bring this national program to your school http://www.PTA.org/Reading  #FamiliesRead

Electronic PTA Meeting Planning Committee

office-1701161_1920pixabay-wall3At the September DCCPTA General Meeting there were several people interested in learning more about holding an electronic PTA meeting or committee meeting.  If you are interested in helping prepare for an electronic PTA meeting Please send your email address to web@dccpta.org to get involved.  Our first online meeting will be Saturday Nov 5 11:00 am.

Before-School Running and Walking Program – Holiday Hill Elementary

Before-School Running and Walking Program Brings Multiple Benefits to Holiday Hillrun-sign-in Elementary

As schools across Florida reduce time devoted to recess and physical education, the rates of childhood obesity1, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)2, and other health concerns increase annually. Allowing time for exercise and unstructured activity is one treatment, among others, that is commonly recommended.

At Holiday Hill Elementary, we offer a before-school running and walking program to help all students add more activity to their day. Holiday Hill is in the Southside between Beach and Atlantic near University. We are a K through 5 with an enrollment of about 650, and 71% economically disadvantaged. Our PTA membership is about 300.

In fall 2014 I worked with our PTA board to start the Morning Mile running program at our school after hearing about it from a friend in Gainesville. My daughter sometimes has trouble focusing in class so my hope in starting this was that she and other students could arrive at least at their first class more settled and ready to learn.

We had no idea how popular and impactful this program would be! Each day at 7:45 am, an average of 75 students and about 4 parents or grandparents come to the P.E. field. We play music and they run or walk laps around the field for 20 to 30 minutes.

During this time, the kids are free—to chat with their friends, race against each other if they choose, or play tag—while they do laps. The kids love it because it’s a period of fun in the school day, and because it’s an activity that they have chosen. It’s not a competition; they decide whether to walk, run, go with a group or just beat their personal best. For some, the only exercise they get is at school.

They also love receiving their mileage charms at our 9-week awards ceremonies. This has made the program an important part of our school’s culture.

Both parents and teachers have told me that these students are indeed much better able to focus when they arrive at class—and that’s only the short-term effect. We hope this helps them establish the habit of being active and healthy in the long term.

Here are the best things about this program:

  • It’s free.
  • Any student can participate any time. Every participant can earn mileage awards.
  • Family members and community members can join in. In addition to parents, grandparents, and siblings, we’ve had Mayor Curry, Ashley Juarez Smith, Fire Station No. 1, and even Santa Claus run with us.
  • The funding is donated by local businesses or corporations.
  • It’s simple to maintain once it is started, since it only requires two adult volunteers per day.

In the first two years of Morning Mile at Holiday Hill, our school grade went from a D to a B, more than half of our student body came out to run, and we collectively logged more than 20,000 miles. This program has turned out to be a great way to match up with PTA’s mission: it engages our families, strengthens our school community, and helps make every child’s potential a reality.

If you are interested in starting a running/walking program at your school, feel free to contact me and I will help you get it started.

Amy Mitchell

Holiday Hill Elementary PTA

(904) 504-0618



  1. Childhood Obesity Facts, Centers for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm
  2. ADHD Data & Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html


Health & Safety Program & Event Links – Duval County Council of PTAs

Here is a list of health & safety programs & event links that may be helpful in planning PTA/PTSA events and activities.  If may also help PTA families connect to appropriate organizations or programs.   If you have any question please contact the DCCPTA Health & Safety Program Chair at Health-Safety@dccpta.org.

This Document can be printed from this page or you can down load it and distribute to PTA members.


Health and safety events with links


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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meetings
are above and run from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, hospitality 9:00 -9:30 a.m. meeting 9:30 am. Make sure your PTA/PTSA has a representative. Join us at:
Duval County Public Schools
School Board Building
Cline Auditorium, 1st floor
1701 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5397
Jacksonville, FL 32247
Email DCC President
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