Rally emphasizes ‘commYOUnity’
The excitement of the first day of school will extend into Monday evening in Diboll as the local PTSA hosts its “Back the Future” event. Food, games and information booths will be located in the parking lot in front of the DISD Administration building from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
At the event, Mayor John McClain will declare school is officially open. Popcorn, snow cones and kids’ activities will be available for free. Also, school organizations, community organizations and businesses will have booths set up for the occasion.
“Back the Future” is the theme for this year’s Texas PTA membership campaign. The or-ganization is inviting not only families, teachers and students, but also community mem-bers from all walks of life to become a PTA member and join in the celebration of the start of the school year.
“One of the reasons for this event is to emphasize commYOUnity,” said Jan Wilkerson, local PTSA second vice president in charge of projects. “By putting YOU in com-mYOUnity, we’re backing the future. We’re trying to be more involved and do more out-reach into the community.”
According to a “Back the Future Days Overview” provided by Texas PTA, it’s time to make the PTA relevant to new audiences and introduce Texans to the PTA of today. The organization wants to shift the focus from just new backpacks and new classrooms to in-spiring community leaders and members to Back the Future.
Wilkerson said what affects the community affects the school. Successful students are everyone’s business, and successful schools build successful communities.
“People should be seeing ‘Back the Future’ yard signs around town,” she said. “They are bright orange with the silhouette of a child. They also include the commYOUnity logo.”
Anyone who wants a sign can contact Wilkerson at 936-829-4817 or 936-635-4044 or Chantea Allen, local PTSA president, at 936-829-4718.
The “Back the Future” theme centers on the belief that an investment in the education of Texas children is an investment in communities’ future. Monday’s event is an attempt by PTA members to put commYOUnity into action.
Diboll PTSA dues are $6 per individual or $10 for a business membership. Business members will have their name and contact information in the PTSA newsletter sent home with students 10 times during the school year. For the first time this year, students of all ages are eligible to join PTSA. Individuals may also join online at www.JoinPTA.org.