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Lowrie parent honored by Oregon PTA organization

PTA president Chelsea Martin named local leader of the year by statewide organization


The number of West Linn and Wilsonville residents attending the Oregon PTA conference in Portland April 4 and 5 was not unusual. The unusual thing was how many of them were there not only as delegates to the conference but also as recipients of awards from the statewide parent organization.

Oregon PTA represents approximately 240 local PTA units, with a total statewide membership of more than 23,000. Awards were given to individuals and groups that supported Oregon PTA’s mission to support and improve Oregon schools.

Chelsea Martin of Wilsonville received the statewide Local Leader of the Year award for her work with Lowrie Primary School. The award is given to a local unit board member who leads in a positive, constructive, organized way that upholds PTA mission and values.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, National PTA President Otha Thornton, Lowrie PTA President Chelsea Martin, Oregon PTA President Susan Hamann and Oregon PTA Vice President for Leadership Betty Reynolds celebrate at the Oregon PTA conference April 4.Martin’s nomination cited her ability to create an inclusive community embracing diversity and unity. Under Martin’s leadership, Lowrie’s PTA has raised more than $30,000 to support programs at the school.

“I attribute the award to the strength of our community,” Martin said. “It was the efforts of many competent people fulfilling their roles that has made our PTA so strong.”

A Girl Scout troop based in West Linn and comprising fifth-grade students from Stafford, Trillium, Bolton and Sunset primary schools received Oregon PTA’s primary leadership award for its work benefitting the Clackamas County Clothes Closet. Troop 45762 chose the Clothes Closet as the focus of its Bronze Award project this year.

Also in West Linn, Willamette Primary School received Oregon PTA’s Unit of Excellence award for its overall excellence. Willamette’s PTA consistently engages families, executes innovative programs, encourages growth, advocates for children and serves as a role model for how a PTA unit should function. Willamette has an enrollment of 529 students, and the school’s PTA has 130 members and 29 active committees.

Students from Willamette were also well represented in the Oregon PTA’s Reflections contest, an arts recognition program designed to enhance arts education for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Students throughout Oregon were invited to submit works in several categories, including visual arts, photography, literature and film production.

“Of the entries submitted for anonymous judging statewide, 40 received awards,” Oregon PTA’s Vice President for Leadership, Betty Reynolds said. “Of those, Willamette Primary students won 10 of the awards — more than any other school in the state.”

Reynolds, also a member of the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board, said that from her perspective the awards were well deserved.

“I have been involved with or attended meetings of every single PTA in West Linn and Wilsonville, and they really are outstanding,” she said. “Parents are highly skilled, highly motivated, and deeply engaged in childrens’ education.”

Find more information about Oregon PTA online at oregonpta.org.



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