By Curt Yeomans
Parents and teachers from across the south-metro area are being invited to attend a training conference in Rex, this weekend, that focuses on how to run strong Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs).
Victoria Smith, the president of the PTA chapter at Adamson Middle School, in Clayton County, said the school will play host to the Georgia PTA District 7 Fall Conference, on Saturday, from 9 a.m., to noon.
District 7 includes 13 county-wide PTA councils in Clayton, Henry, Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Putnam, Spalding, and Upson counties, according to the Georgia PTA web site.
Adamson Middle School is located at 3187 Rex Road, in Rex. Since Adamson is in Clayton County, the Clayton County Council of PTAs will be the host council for the conference, Smith said.
"It's an information session," she said. "We will be providing participants with resource information about how to get the community involved, how to get the parents and teachers involved, and how to get the students involved."
JoAnn Mitchell-Stringer, the Parent/Family Involvement Committee chairperson for the Clayton County Council of PTAs, said anyone who is a member of a school-level PTA in District 7 is invited to attend the free conference. Like Smith, Stringer pointed out that the conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about PTA operations.
"This is PTA leadership training," said Stringer, who is the RSVP contact for the event. "They are going to learn everything that has to be learned about running a PTA, including officer duties, and how to set up community activities, to how to get parents engaged in the PTA. Essentially, how to do it all."
Stringer said Clayton Council officials had expected only 75 people to attend, but 67 people have registered so far, and she added that in the past, several people typically attend the annual conference without registering before hand.
"When it's all said and done, we could have more than 100 people at this conference," Stringer said. She added that mainly PTA officials in Clayton and Coweta counties have signed up to attend so far.
She also said anyone else who would like to attend can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the Clayton County Council of PTAs being the host council for the conference, it will hold its own meeting for Clayton County PTA leaders during the event as well, Stringer said. Smith said Adamson Middle School students will sing at the conference, and the school's band will perform for attendees as they arrive. Artwork created by Adamson students will also be on display for attendees to view, Smith said.