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2023-24 LAPTA Joseph F. Seeley Volunteer of the Year Award

The LAPTA Board of Directors thoughtfully reviewed the applicants for the LAPTA Volunteer of the Year Award. The BOD members each blindly judged the applicants. While the wonderful nominated volunteers were all deserving of recognition, LAPTA could only choose one. Congratulations to our winner, Ashley Skweres with Fairfield Fundamental Magnet PTA in Shreveport! We also had nine honorable mentions:

  • Elizabeth Barilleaux, Mandeville High PTSA in Mandeville

  • Jennifer Hale, Fontainebleau High PTSA in Mandeville

  • Kristy Anderson, Abita Springs Middle PTA in Abita Springs

  • Mandi Deano, Monteleone Jr High PTA in Mandeville

  • Melissa Ojeda, Madisonville Jr High PTA in Madisonville

  • Robert Silvie, Captain Shreve High PTSA in Shreveport

  • Shelley Pettus, Fontainebleau High PTSA in Mandeville

  • Thuy Comeaux, Fontainebleau High PTSA in Mandeville

  • Wendy Anderson, Honey Island Elementary PTA in Slidell

Award Details & Application Links

Local PTA Units submit their advocacy efforts to LAPTA who offers a first and second place award. There are countless ways a PTA can advocate! See suggestions at the application link or in the LAPTA Toolkit Section 11: Advocacy.

Advocacy Award for
Local PTA Units
Deadline: March 31, 2025
Announced: April 14, 2025
Quantity Offered: 2

LAPTA accepts applications for our Student Advocacy Award program to recognize students who help to truly enhance public education. Students who are involved with civic engagement are the pillars of Louisiana’s future! 

Advocacy Award for
Students
Deadline: March 31, 2025
Announced: April 14, 2025
Quantity Offered: 2

Newsletters are an excellent tool for sharing news and ideas among PTA members. They play a significant role in communicating to the membership and the impact of the PTA. Refer to the Awards Toolkit for the Judge's Rubric for ideas.

Outstanding PTA Newsletter Award
Deadline: March 31, 2025
Announced: April 14, 2025
Quantity Offered: 3

The volunteers across Louisiana are truly the heart of the association. Recognize and thank that special person who goes above and beyond for all children, the one who acts as a tireless advocate for children’s education, health, and well-being by honoring them with a Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes a volunteer who has made a positive impact on the school and its children and is named in honor of Joseph Francis Seeley, a consummate volunteer. 

Joseph F. Seeley 
Volunteer of the Year Award
Deadline: March 31, 2025
Announced: April 14, 2025
Quantity Offered: 1

This award recognizes an outstanding Mentor PTA who assisted another PTA through guidance, planning ideas, monthly check-in, and leadership support. Mentors are upbeat, positive advocates who provide tools and direction to the Mentee PTA.  As we are all part of Louisiana, the success of one is the success of all. Contact LAPTA to mentor a PTA.

Mentor-a-PTA
Award
Deadline: March 31, 2025
Announced: April 14, 2025
Quantity Offered: 2

2024-25 Monthly Membership Challenges

To be eligible for awards, all PTAs must have Active Affiliation status. The qualifying PTA units will receive recognition and automatically be entered into a monthly drawing for $100! Each PTA has a goal set by LAPTA. 

August Welcome Back, Yall Award

Submit 25 members by August 31

plus all Officers are registered at LouisianaPTA.org/register.

September Jazzy Start Award

Jazz up the PTA with 50% or more of this year's membership goal by September 30.

October Swamp Monster Award

Don't let the Rougarou get you before submitting 31 new members by October 31.

November Harvest Award

Harvest 50 new members and file Active Affiliation Report by November 30.

December wONEderland Award

Achieve 100% of this year’s membership goal by December 31.

January 2025 Kick Off Award

Kick off the new year by submitting 25 new members by January 31.

February Happy Birthday, PTA Award

Celebrate National PTA's birthday on February 17 by adding 17 new members by February 28.

March Krewe of Membership Award

Throw us a dozen new members by March 31.

Toolkit Sec 11. Awards, Grants, & Contests

Index:

Awards, Grants, and Contests Summary......................................... 153

Monthly Membership Challenges....................................................... 154

Annual Membership Awards................................................................. 154

Fire Safety Poster Contest..................................................................... 155

Reflections Theme Search Contest................................................... 156

Reflections Program................................................................................. 157

Outstanding PTA Newsletter Award.................................................. 158

Advocacy Award for Local PTA Units............................................... 159

Advocacy Award for Students.............................................................. 159

Volunteer of the Year Award................................................................. 160

Mentor-a-PTA Award................................................................................ 160

Apply for National PTA Grants............................................................ 161

Louisiana PTA Grants............................................................................. 161

Top Grant Writing Tips........................................................................... 161

$750 Literacy Grant Application....................................................... 162

$750 Healthy Minds Grant Application......................................... 163

$500 LAPTA Day of Service Grant Application........................ 164

$500 Creative Teacher Grant Application.................................. 165

Annual Membership Awards

LAPTA has a goal of 10,102 members for our 102nd year in 2024-25 and we need our Local PTA Units to help reach that goal! Qualification for awards is done without application. LAPTA uses the information on the Local PTA Unit Membership Reports emailed to submit@LouisianaPTA.org by April 1, 2025. The annual membership awards will be announced in April, 2025. 

Challenge Champ Award

Earn five or more Monthly Membership Challenges

Membership Matters Award

Increase membership by at least 10% over the previous year

All Star
PTA Award

Reach the LAPTA membership goal at least 3 consecutive years

Golden Apple Award

100% membership of teachers and administrators

Golden Magnolia Award

Membership total is at least 100% of student enrollment count

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