November 12-20 was National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, but for many schools and PTAs around the country, it's more than just a week as they work to make a difference every day for students touched by hunger and homelessness. As we head into a week where we begin to think about our own personal gratitude, we thank the PTAs in our Region that are confronting student hunger and homelessness and making a difference for their students everyday. There are many of our PTAs that run backpack programs, sending food home with students in need. There are PTAs that operate clothing drives and food drives, either for families in their own area or for other communities in Portland. We also have many PTA leaders and members that faithfully volunteer for the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center, which serves students in need all over Portland. Thank you for all you are doing to address these issues in our communities for all students! We are grateful every day for everything you do for all our students and families. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Student Health & Safety:
About 208,000 students under the age of 20 have diagnosed diabetes, most of which is type 1 diabetes. But as obesity rates in children continue to climb, type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in young people. November is Diabetes awareness month and here are some resources that may help you or your family.
The preparedness presentation & discussion is a 90 minute session in English or Spanish that covers basic steps to prepare families, communities and schools. It is intended for parents and community members and usually takes place in a school setting with the agreement of the school principal. These events are hosted by the school administration, PTA or SUN Director. For evening sessions, the hosting group will provide childcare and – as appropriate – translation services and snacks.
Susan Romanski, Mercy Corps’s Director for US Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience, leads the presentations & discussions. Whenever possible, she also involves a NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) member from the community. In delivering these sessions, Susan draws upon years of experience responding to disasters around the globe with various humanitarian organizations, including Mercy Corps and the United Nations. For more information or to schedule a session, please contact
There is still time to make the list of units in good standing- November 30th is the due date to have all your items turned into Oregon PTA. PTA's currently in good standing:
Most PTAs are missing just a few things. Please
contact us today if you are unsure what you need to turn in.