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Call for Nominations for HSA  2018

Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children and youth in our community. The individuals or organization nominated must make far-reaching, notable contributions. The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level.

We also have a new award that debuted last year that honors exceptional PTA volunteers at the unit (school) level.  Each PTA may nomination one person.  High School PTSA may nominate two people.

If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored at this level, please complete this form:   Nominations for HSA2018  Recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Reception on Thursday, April 26th, 2018.   Click here to see past recipients.

Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2018.

Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie

AAUW Palo Alto and Palo Alto PTA Council Sponsors Film Screening of Humanity Needs Dreamers:  A Visit with Marie Curie 


Date: January 20, 2018  from  2:30pm – 4:00pm at  Media Arts Center, Palo Alto High School, Embarcadero Ave. at El Camino Real

Free with RSVP:  –Space is limited!

As one of the world’s most renowned scientists, two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Sklodowska Curie is best known for pioneering the field of radioactivity — but few understand the obstacles she faced just to get into the laboratory.

What if she could tell her story?

This film invites audiences to meet Marie Curie as she recollects her quest to isolate two elements —polonium and radium. From her childhood in Poland to groundbreaking research in France, Dr. Curie shares the struggles, failures, and triumphs behind her scientific discoveries and remarkable collaboration with companion scientist and husband Pierre Curie.

Masterfully portrayed by living history scholar Susan Marie Frontczak, Humanity Needs Dreamers is the cinematic version of the acclaimed one-woman theatrical show. As an immersive science film, this unique format breaks the wall between live theater and cinema, past and present, scholar and performer.

Event includes post screening Q & A with filmmaker Jen Myronuk and science trivia with prizes!

This film is highly recommended for adults, middle school and high school students.

Sponsored by AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the Palo Alto PTA Council. For more information about AAUW Palo Alto, please visit

PTA Celebrates the Dedication of Volunteers

This Thanksgiving, California State PTA is giving thanks to the thousands of volunteers and members throughout the state that positively impact the lives of all children and families.

As the nation’s largest and highest profile child-advocacy organization, California State PTA and its volunteers and members connect families and schools and promote the education, health and welfare of all children and youth.

Last year, PTA volunteers contributed more than 13 million hours in their classrooms, schools and communities. Those hours are valued at $332 million in contribution to positively impact the lives of all children and families. PTA volunteers plan field trips, assist in classrooms, promote parent engagement, organize fundraisers, speak up on important children’s issues and take care of the daily needs of the local association and more.

“The work of PTA would not be possible without the countless hours our dedicated volunteers give each year to support our children and schools,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.

Through advocacy and the support of families and the community, PTA has established programs and called for legislation to improve the lives of all children, such as creating kindergarten classes, child-labor laws, public-health services, hot-and-healthy lunch programs and arts in education.

California State PTA has a long tradition of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of all children and families at national, state, regional and local levels. Join your local PTA and be the voice for all children.

About California State PTA
California State PTA connects families, schools and communities. We are part of the foundation of our public-education system and a trusted messenger to millions of members, parents, families, educators and allied agencies throughout the state. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families. For more information: