Families Drop In to Prevent Drop Outs: PTA’s 2014 Take Your Family To School Week

Take Your Family to School Week takes place February 17-21, 2014.

2013 TYFTSW_Blog BannerThe numbers are alarming:  according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a student drops out of high school every 26 seconds.  However, research shows that strong family-school involvement is a major factor in overall student success, and interventions as early as kindergarten can reduce the risk of dropping out later on.

The National PTA created Take Your Family to School Week (TYFSW) to encourage family engagement and demonstrate the importance of communication and partnerships among parents, teachers, and school administrators.  The AXA Foundation, a proud national sponsor of PTA since 2005, is again sponsoring TYFSW.  This year, TYFSW is focusing on the theme of “Supporting Student Success” by addressing risk factors associated with dropping out of high school and reducing these risks through family support.  AXA shares PTA’s commitment to parental involvement in schools, as it is this increased family support and engagement that is the cornerstone of student success.  Research shows students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades, have improved self-esteem, graduate, and go on to pursue a college education.

The AXA Foundation is dedicated to furthering student success by increasing educational opportunities through our philanthropic program, AXA Achievementsm.  The program awards more than $1.3 million a year in college scholarships to students in every state nationwide.  In addition to scholarships, AXA Achievementsm provides tools to help families plan for their children’s education, including comprehensive information to help with the process of college selection, application, and financing.

This year’s TYFSW theme of drop-out prevention perfectly aligns with our AXA Group flagship Corporate Responsibility theme of Risk Research and Education.  At AXA, we feel that we have a responsibility to use our skills, resources and expertise to empower society to better face risk through initiatives in both research and education.

We are committed to helping people build more secure futures, and this year’s TYFSW theme does just that by advancing student achievement.  We’re proud to once again make this outstanding program possible.  Inspiring students to have the courage to forge ahead through obstacles because of the support they receive from their families and educators will be the biggest success of all.

“AXA AchievementSM” is a service mark of the AXA Foundation.  The “AXA Achievementsm Scholarship” program is not associated with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s “Achievement Scholarship®” program.

 “AXA” is the brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies, including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY).  AXA S.A. is a French holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC. GE-91492(02/14)(exp.02/16)

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