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Tony Dungy and wife announce educational partnership between Family First and National PTA

TAMPA — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, visited an elementary school Wednesday to announce a new partnership aimed at getting parents more involved in their children's education.

The National PTA will partner with Family First, a Tampa nonprofit, to develop new programs to increase parental involvement in education.

"We really find that the more involved (parents) are in the schools, the better the children do, the more success they have," said Lauren Dungy.

The Dungys were also named National PTA honorary membership chairmen, which officials hope will raise awareness of the issue.

"They really embody what parent involvement looks like," said Betsy Landers, president of the National PTA, noting they have seven children.

In front of third graders at Oak Grove Elementary Wednesday morning, the couple also read from their book You Can Be a Friend, a fictional story featuring the Dungy family. It's one of a series of children's books.

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