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Our Annual VIP Recognition Event!

Each year, to celebrate PTA Founders Day, the Temecula Valley Council PTA asks each TVUSD school unit PTA and PTSA in good standing to submit a representative honoree from its membership to be recognized for his or her outstanding PTA support and contributions to the children of this community. It can be a teacher, an administrator, a parent, a community partner, even a grandparent!  A committee of judges reviews all nominee submissions and will select at least three special people who will each be recognized and receive a Temecula Valley Council PTA Founders Day Award in honor of the founders of the National PTA organization. Questions?

Please contact the TVC PTA Founders Day Committee.


Our annual PTA Founders Day celebration is a reminder that each of us is PART OF SOMETHING MUCH LARGER!

The actions we take in our individual schools, when magnified by those across the nation, represent a united, powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education.

Why do we celebrate Founders Day?

As the largest and oldest child advocacy organization in the nation, we can’t just let our "birthday" slip by unacknowledged. Each unit may submit the name of ONE volunteer, teacher, or staff member, who it feels exemplifies the spirit of PTA’s three founders, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Alice McLellan Birney, and Selena Sloan Butler. These pioneers were women of imagination and courage who understood the power of individual action, worked to overcome obstacles, and took action to literally change the world.

Are there overall winners?

To honor PTA’s three founders, an independent committee reviews all applications and will select at least three overall winners. On behalf of these honorees, TVC PTA donates scholarships to the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Temecula Valley for qualified graduating seniors.

Does a unit have to do anything besides submit a Founders Day application?

As with Reflections or participation in any National PTA event, a unit must be in GOOD STANDING. That means that all fees for memberships, insurance, annual assessment, as well as bylaws, must be current. If you have questions about your unit’s status, please CONTACT US.


TVC PTA Founders Day Celebration


"Never underestimate the power
of a few committed people to change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

~ Margaret Meade



Temecula Valley Council of PTAs Names Founders Day Award Winners

               Temecula, CA – February 21, 2018 — In honor of the 121st birthday of National PTA, the Temecula Valley Council of Parent Teacher Associations (TVC PTA) recently recognized outstanding PTA volunteers from across the Temecula Valley Unified School District.  Special guests included Temecula city councilwoman Maryann Edwards and Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent Tim Ritter. From those nominees submitted by participating units, four overall recipients were awarded special recognition for their outstanding service to the PTA organization and their commitment to children.  TVC PTA President Becca Marks-Anderson presented special awards to  Jimmy Evans, Jackson Elementary PTA; Michelle Henke, Margarita Middle School PTSA; Lesley Gregory, (James L.) Day Middle School PTSA; and Ruben Castillo, Vail Elementary PTA [not pictured].


-Photos by Lifetouch Photography


               TVC PTA also honored all unit award honorees. They are:  


 Abby Reinke Elementary                                   Jennifer Pursley

Crowne Hill Elementary PTA                            Gina Chun

French Valley Elementary                                  Nina Wafer

(Helen Hunt) Jackson Elementary                   Jimmy Evans

(Susan) LaVorgna Elementary PTA                 Dana Miller

Nicolas Valley Elementary PTA                        Stephanie Felix

Paloma Elementary PTA                                    Jessica Miller

Rancho Elementary PTA                                    Monica Toth

Red Hawk Elementary PTA                               Susan Negri

Temecula Luiseño Elementary PTA                Rebekah Vandentop

Tony Tobin Elementary PTA                             Stacy Gonzalez

Vail Elementary PTA                                           Ruben Castillo

Vintage Hills Elementary PTA                           Michelle Dauble

Bella Vista Middle PTSA                                     Kristy Beasley

(Erle Stanley) Gardner Middle PTSA              Brenda Loera

(James L.) Day Middle PTSA                             Lesley Gregory

Margarita Middle PTSA                                      Michelle Henke

Temecula Middle PTSA                                       Michelle Bopp

Chaparral High PTSA                                          Renee Luhrs MacDonald

Great Oak High PTSA                                          Maggie Boylston

Temecula Valley High PTSA                              Amy Reynolds


              For 121 years, the National PTA has promoted the education, health, and safety of children, youth and families. TVC PTA, now in its 29th year, represents almost 10,000 PTA members in the Temecula Valley Unified School district.

TVC PTA Founders Day Archives


A Proud Past, A Bright Future...

PTA® was founded in 1897 to improve children’s lives and learning by involving parents in their children’s education and addressing social problems affecting families, such as child labor, rampant childhood disease, high infant mortality, delinquency, and a criminal justice system cruel to youth. From the beginning, PTA has advocated for a strong public school system, with initiatives aimed at securing adequate funding, improved teacher training, and equal educational opportunities for all children.


Our PTA Founders:


PTA Founder A.M. BirneyAlice McClellan Birney was born in Marietta, Georgia, was educated in private schools, and attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Though she lived comfortably as the wife of a Washington DC attorney with their three children, Birney was deeply moved by the miserable lives so many families led. Her concern for the well-being of all children and her friendship with Phoebe Apperson Hearst would lead to the founding of the National Congress of Mothers, which became today’s PTA.


PTA Founder P.A. HearstPhoebe Apperson Hearst was born and raised in Franklin County, Missouri. She became a schoolteacher before marrying the influential George Hearst. A philanthropist, she founded and supported free kindergartens and provided thousands of factory workers with regular lunches. Her belief in the power of education and desire to provide all children the best that life has to offer helped her form a strong bond with the like-minded Alice McLellan Birney. Her connections in Washington DC helped them recruit others to the cause of a national organization.


PTA Founder S.S. ButlerSelena Sloan Butler was born in Thomasville, Georgia, graduated from Spelman College, and became a teacher, wife, and mother. In 1911, she organized the nation's first African-American parent-teacher unit. Soon she was helping communities establish other such units across Georgia and the nation. In 1926, the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) was established to serve states with segregated schools. It worked cooperatively with PTA for years, and the two eventually merged in 1970.