National PTA President Featured on NBC Nightly News

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National PTA President Otha Thornton will appear on “NBC Nightly News’ with Brian Williams” tonight, Tuesday October 8. President Thornton will address leadership, advocacy, and membership.

A teaser from NBC:

“NBC Nightly News” host Brian Williams typically covers a range of topics. Thornton expects to announce several PTA initiatives focusing on children in diverse communities and campaigns to boost PTA membership nationwide.”

Check local listings for when “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” will air in your area. Follow the conversation on Twitter: @NationalPTA @PTAThornton and @NBCNightlyNews.


Mr. Otha Thornton was installed as president of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in June 2013, making history as the first African-American male chosen to lead the association. The ceremony took place at the PTA’s annual convention in Cincinnati, OH where he addressed the more than 1,000 attendees in his inaugural speech.

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  1. Dr. Kathleen Storchan says:

    Please allow me to be of assistance to your efforts. As a former Detroit Public school teacher then an ISD director for at risk students, now retired, I have time and experience to help your goal of improving education for at-risk students along with how to involve their parents. with an Ed.D. and 30 years experience along with the time that retirement gives me, I would like to help if you need my help. Contact me if you wish.


    • Otha Thornton says:

      I am scheduled to be in Detroit on December 2, 2013 for a PTA event for Children with Special Needs. Get with your Detroit Council President, they are working details. See you then.

  2. Miguel A Vazquez says:

    I am a parent of three a 17 year old in High School my boy 10 in 5th grade and my other son 6 in 1st grade. I want to make a difference for them and for other kids around the world I don’t care were I go I love helping out. I go to PTA meeting when I can but I don’t see many parents participation and that is not good for any of us. Our kids need our help and support to have a future and to go to field trips we as parents think every thing is free but in reality we have to have fund raiser and come up with ways to make money for our kids school.

    Thank you Miguel Vazquez

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