Foothills Elementary PTA

History of Foothills PTA

Foothills Elementary PTA 5.9.10 was incorporated in August of 1988 as a non-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)3. 

History of Washington State PTA

Washington State PTA was founded in 1905 by Abby Williams Hill of Tacoma, an artist who saw the need for an organization to support Washington’s children. Thanks to Abby’s leadership and vision—and that of thousands of parents and teachers who have carried her vision forward—Washington State PTA has been a leading voice for children in the state ever since. In addition to supporting the work at the national level, below are specific examples of PTA successes in Washington:                                     

  • This Washington State PTA coined the term “preschool” and mentored parents of toddlers long before early childhood education was accepted and expected
  • Before there was public funding for well-child exams, PTAs hosted back-to-school “round-ups” with medical volunteers
  • When moms went to work during World War II, Washington PTAs arranged day care for their children
  • When local levies failed in the 1950s and kindergartens went unfunded, Washington State PTAs first organized kindergarten “co-ops,” then worked to secure state funding for universal kindergarten
  • As part of a coalition of community and statewide groups, Washington State PTA was instrumental in promoting the use of seat belts to save lives
  • Thousands of volunteers from Washington State PTA helped secure the passage of the “simple majority” amendment to the state constitution in 2007Working collaboratively with other education and child advocacy groups, WSPTA played a leading role in securing the passage of major education reform efforts in Washington: House Bill 2261 (2009), House Bill 2776 and Senate Bill 6696 (2010).

History of National PTa

Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the organization when women did not have the right to vote and social activism was not popular. However, they believed mothers would support their mission to eliminate threats that endangered children, and in early 1897, they started a nationwide campaign.

On February 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people—mostly mothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators—attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed.


In 1970, National PTA and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) — founded by Selena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, Ga.—merged to serve all children.