MLWGS Shares National PTA Award

National PTA has recognized Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School PTSA and Appomattox Regional Governor’s School PTSA with the 2014 Outstanding Local Advocacy Award for their leadership and dedication to being strong advocates for education and issues affecting children. The PTSAs were selected to receive the award among PTAs from across the country. National PTA will honor both PTSAs with the award during the association’s 2014 Legislative Conference on Wednesday, Mar. 12 during the PTA Takes Action dinner.

“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.