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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 Event & Celebration

2016 Founders Day Honorees

In celebration of the 120th birthday of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), outstanding PTA volunteers were recognized by the Temecula Valley Council of PTAs (TVC PTA) at its annual Founders Day Celebration. Four overall award winners received special recognition and will have graduating senior scholarships presented in their honor at the Temecula Dollars for Scholars® Community Awards Night. Pictured are TVC PTA Founders Day award recipients (L-R): Becca Marks-Anderson, River Springs Charter School Temecula PTSA; Irene Holland, Temecula Valley High School PTSA; Megan Aleksak, Chaparral High School PTSA; and Lynn Shaver, Margarita Middle School PTSA




Temecula Valley Council of PTAs Names Founders Day Award Winners



               Temecula, CA – February 22, 2017 — In honor of the 120th 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.  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 Rebecca Weersing presented special awards to  Lynn Shaver, Margarita Middle School PTSA; Megan Aleksak, Chaparral High School PTSA; Irene Holland, Temecula Valley High School PTSA; and Becca Marks-Anderson, River Springs Charter School Temecula PTSA.

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


Abby Reinke Elementary                       Angie Burr

Crowne Hill Elementary PTA                Julio Cardenas

French Valley Elementary PTA              Yvonne Hancock

Pauba Valley Elementary PTA               Harry Colmer

Rancho Elementary PTA                         Lisa Waller

Red Hawk Elementary PTA                    Susan Loy

Temecula Elementary PTA                     Nancy Reza

Temecula Luiseño Elementary PTA      Heather Elwood

Tony Tobin Elementary PTA                  Wendy Sommers

Vail Elementary PTA                               Alesia Foster

Vintage Hills Elementary PTA               Kim Jones

Erle Stanley Gardner Middle PTSA       Melly Lopez

James L. Day Middle PTSA                     Elvia Lopez

Margarita Middle PTSA                          Lynn Shaver

Temecula Middle PTSA                           Krista Cassaw

Vail Ranch Middle PTSA                         Leighanne Potter

Chaparral High PTSA                              Meghan Aleksak

Great Oak High PTSA                             Angela Joseph

Temecula Valley High PTSA                   Irene Holland

River Springs Charter PTSA                  Becca Marks-Anderson


              For 120 years, the National PTA has promoted the education, health, and safety of children, youth and families. TVC PTA, now in its 28nd year, represents almost 10,000 PTA members in the Temecula district.

2017 Founders Day Celebration


TVC PTA Founders Day Archives

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

~ Margaret Meade

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.