• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Reese Road Leadership Academy Awarded National PTA Grant to Host Safer Internet Day Event


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA- National PTA® and Symantec have awarded the Reese Road Leadership Academy with a $1,000 grant to help build the next generation of digital citizens with The Smart Talk digital toolkit and to host Smart Talk Conversations throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

Reese Road’s PTA is one of 25 local PTAs nationwide selected to receive a grant through the PTA Connected initiative. The grant recognizes Reese Road’s leadership and commitment to foster open and honest conversations that instill healthy online habits in our families.

With the grant from National PTA® and Symantec, Reese Road will host a “Smart Talk Conversation” in celebration of Safer Internet Day:

February 5, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
The Columbus Public Library, Auditorium

The event will introduce families to The Smart Talk, a tool they can use to have honest conversations about digital well-being and device usage while creating a personalized family contract.

The Smart Talk is part of a multi-year collaboration with National PTA® and Symantec, a leader in proactive identity theft protection, to encourage parents and students to explore the digital world together. For parents looking to begin the conversation today, tips and more information on device and internet accountability are available now at TheSmartTalk.org.

“Our goal is for parents and students to have an open, evolving conversation about positive, safer decisions when using digital tools,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “The Smart Talk celebrates students and families who use digital media and tools for good—good for themselves, their families, their friends and the world.”

For more information about PTA Connected, visit PTA.org/Connected.

About PTA
National PTA® comprises of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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