I can’t think of a better place to volunteer than with PTA. As I reflect on this past school year, I am so incredibly proud of the accomplishments of all our volunteers.

Texas PTA is leading the nation in membership growth.

This year’s Rally Day saw record attendance with over 2,500 public education advocates including 1,000 students – a turnout envied by many associations and advocacy groups.

The robust response to legislative alerts and calls to action by our volunteers warms my heart. PTA does so much more than talk the talk – we walk the walk!

I beam with pride with each volunteer post on social media – showcasing the great work our Council and Local PTAs are doing. I was in awe of everything our campuses did to make Texas educators feel special and appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week.

This past school year was indeed an incredible year for PTA in Texas. And we never stop, not even during the summer. We are on a destined path for success. I am so excited to see our volunteers at our state’s premier summer event – LAUNCH, this year at The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. The Gaylord is one of my very favorite staycations in Texas and our attendees are in for a real treat!

Several years back when we unveiled the new branding campaign, back the future, we had great expectations and aspirations for growing PTA membership in Texas. Not only have we grown membership, but we have also heightened awareness about the PTA brand and the value we bring to Texas public schools. As we close out another school year, we do so with great hope and optimism for our future. And to those who say, “I’m just a volunteer,” let me say you are not just a volunteer – you are a role model, a leader, and someone a child is counting on to be successful.

Here’s to the 2019-2020 school year!

Kyle Ward

Kyle Ward

Since 2006, Kyle Ward has served as Executive Director of Texas PTA. An advocate for children and parents all his life, Kyle formerly was the Director of Field Operations for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). He and his wife and their two sons hail from North Texas.