Founders Day – Introduction


Each year, PTAs organize a Founders Day event to celebrate our legacy, success and power as a leading voice speaking for all children. Held traditionally on February 17, this event is designed to raise awareness of PTA's achievements in three, key ways.

First, Founders Day activities promote an understanding of the shared vision and legacy of our founders – Alice Birney, Phoebe Hearst and Selena Butler.

As engaged parents and children's advocates over 100 years ago, their efforts saw lasting improvements in the education, health and wellbeing of children that resonate today.

Second, how PTA enriches a community is highlighted as a central part of a Founders Day celebration at a school site.

Share your unit's goals, achievements and activities to showcase the impact and value of PTA in your community.

Lastly, Founders Day provides an opportunity to recognize your hard-working volunteers and community partners for their outstanding service to children.

Say thank you to these special individuals and organizations by presenting Honorary Service Awards to acknowledge their time, effort and dedication as volunteers.

In addition, to endow the future of the organization, PTAs collect a freewill offering at Founders Day events. These donations, earmarked to develop leadership, extend PTA's work on behalf of all children and benefit the entire organization.

Celebrate the power of PTA by having a school wide event for Founders Day this year that involves all of the stakeholders – students, parents, educators, school staff and community partners – in your community.

5 Quick Tips – Founders Day

To get started in planning your event, consider organizing a Founders Day program that:

  • Features information on your PTA's milestones, activities and goals
  • Showcases the invaluable efforts of volunteers, educators, school staff and community partners who always go that extra mile for PTA
  • Shares the history and impact of PTA as the premier organization building strong family-school partnerships
  • Engages students in planning and presenting the program
  • Provides anyone attending a chance to join PTA

To learn more, contact your local council/ district PTA president for information, ideas and support.