WASHINGTON, D.C. — Anne Stafford, Director of Communications and Development for Community Health Charities of Arizona (CHC-AZ) was honored at the White House on Friday, August 10, 2012 along with 11 other parents as “Champions of Change.” These extraordinary parents devoted their time and effort to their PTA chapters across the country and had the opportunity to share their stories with Administration officials and PTA members from across the country. The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities.
“President Obama knows how important parent involvement is in education, and we are excited to welcome PTA leaders who are setting such great examples in their communities to the White House,” said Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President. “The PTA Champions of Change we are honoring have collaborated with school administrators and community leaders, launched innovative advocacy campaigns, and worked tirelessly to grow their local PTAs to involve more parents in their children’s education.”
Anne was honored as a true advocate for parental involvement in education. Her work towards creating genuine and meaningful partnerships between parents and educators has made a significant impact in her community and in the lives of children. With a focus on collaboration, communication, accountability, and equity, Anne has empowered parents to work with teachers towards greater student achievement. Among her many accomplishments during her 15 years as a PTA leader and a member of the school leadership team are the creation of a school-based Parent Involvement Resource Center and the conception and development of a community outreach program that provides free personal hygiene items to students in need. Anne has also been instrumental in the implementation of parent data nights that equip parents with a broad range of student testing information, academic benchmarks, and school accountability measures. “Community Health Charities of Arizona is honored to have Anne Stafford as part of our team,” said Karen Staley, Executive Director of CHC-AZ. “Her commitment to her community is exemplary and a great example for us all.”