I can now reveal why Bill Doolittle stepped down as President-Elect of the Delaware PTA. He is in the process of forming an advocacy group for the children in Delaware who need it the most! And he wants parents help in the formation of this group. Bill asked me to help get the message out:
Beginning today, I am starting the effort of forming a group of parents/families and other interested individuals to begin the formal process of developing a mission/vision, purpose and to incorporate as a nonprofit for such an organization.
I have an initial concept which is a non dues (donation only) grassroots organization for parent/families and others who are interested in making sure that every child at risk can be fully supported to have the opportunity meet their potential. I see the efforts including: providing information, peer-to-peer support and of course strong focused advocacy. My initial vision is of Delaware as the first chapter with 2 divisions. One for children with disabilities and special health care needs and a second for children living in poverty and impacted by other environmental factors such as trauma, home and food insecurity, non-English speaking, any type of discrimination and so forth. Of course it will be the people who join in this effort to make the final decisions as to all of this.
I am asking for individuals who are interested in being part of the formation, or who simply want to add their voice once it is formed, to contact me. The emails I am using for this initiative is DEARCPA@gmail.com
Shortly after I first started this blog, Bill contacted me about starting a group like this which I was looking to do eventually. I firmly believe now is the time for a non-partisan, non-State Government affiliated group like this to get going. Far too often, our state only listens to groups that are already a part of state government and that needs to change! I will certainly be adding my voice to this effort, and I strongly encourage all like-minded parents to do the same. Parents are an integral part of education and the community at large, and our voices need to be heard!