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PTAs hope to return to advocacy



If you're a PTA officer, you know that "Innisbrook" is shorthand for the yearly training weekend at the golfing resort in Palm Harbor. This year it's the Florida PTA convention too.

More than 1,000 volunteers are at the event, which runs through Sunday. On Friday afternoon they heard a rousing pep talk from former state president Sandy Traeger, who has been involved in the organization for more than 25 years.

In a lighter moment, Traeger played a ditzy mom in a skit that lampooned the controversy over an increase in PTA dues. "Six dollars?" she howled on the phone as her teenage children competed for her attention, one wanting $100 for the school chearleading program and $10 so the school could buy toilet paper; the other asking if the family could spend another $100 to get dinner and a movie.

State leaders say that these days they are more about advocating for public education and less about selling cookie dough.

Although -- there were cookie sellers galore at the fundraisers' exhibit hall.

Want a copy of the hilarious skit for your own recruiting effort? Email [email protected].




[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 9:21pm]


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