“Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School PTSA and Appomattox Regional Governor’s School PTSA exemplify what it means to take action for children and education,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “Through their leadership, passion and dedication, the members of the PTSAs have made a difference to improve the lives and futures of Virginia and our nation’s children, and we are pleased to recognize them with the Outstanding Local Advocacy Award.”
The MLWGS and ARGS PTSAs were selected to receive the award for their collaborative campaign to address state funding for full-day Academic Year Governor's Schools in Virginia. As a result of their joint effort, budget amendments to address the state funding discrepancy have been introduced in the Virginia State House and Senate. This National recognition is the direct result of the Maggie L. Walker PTSA Advocacy Committee’s tenacious pursuit of equitable state funding and collaboration with ARGS. Special thanks to PTSA Advocacy Chair, Marianne Macon and committee members Laura O’Brien, Anne Hayes and Fran DeCicco for their outstanding leadership.