B.T. Washington PTA

PTA. Every Child. One Voice.

PTA's Mission: Every Child, One Voice.

PTA is a national organization whose mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of more than 4 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. PTA’s slogan reflects their mission: Every Child, One Voice.

On the school level, Booker T. Washington Middle School PTA aims to support and advocate for each student, parent, and teacher through volunteerism, fund raising, and programs (both education and recreational).

Membership: We need you!

By joining the BTWMS PTA, you are not only showing support for your student(s) but also for the school’s educators, administration, and staff. In order to continue to provide programs and host events such as dances and teacher luncheons, we need the strongest PTA possible. A PTA is strongest when it’s membership numbers are high and the members are involved.

We need you! Please take a look at our Hub web page.   Also, join the PTA this school year. When you join the school PTA, you become a member of every level of PTA through to the National PTA.


Who are we?

Booker T. Washington Middle School PTA is a local unit of The Newport News Council of PTAs of the Peninsula District of the State of Virginia within the National PTA. BTWMS PTA Executive Committee (officers and chairs) are:

  • Anika Holden, President
  • Shonda Tabb, Vice President
  • Dawn Smith, Secretary
  • Kathryn Keefer, Secretary
  • Shannon Richardson, Treasurer
  • Vanessa Kaparos, Membership

We need a permanent Membership Chair, so if anyone is interested please contact Tanya Gilliam.

Any officer or chair may be reached via email at [email protected].

We do have some positions on our PTA board that need to be filled. If you are interested please contact PTA President at [email protected].

Volunteers: We need you!

Events and Programs

Reflections Contest 20-21

Theme:  I Matter Because

Once again, the PTA is sponsoring the Reflections contest which not only celebrates the arts but also showcases the awesome talent of our students in a variety of categories.  We are excited about this year’s contest and the amazing submissions we know we will receive!  The theme is I matter Because….  In a year with lots of adversity this is especially true!

The categories are as follows (click on categories for specific rules):

All submissions are due by Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 

Student work must be submitted using this Google Form and students must fill out this application and email the application to both Mrs.Holthaus ([email protected]) and Ms. Schnell ([email protected]).

All submissions are due by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Raising Funds

Harris Teeter "Together in Education"

If you are a Harris Teeter shopper, you can connect BTWMS to your VIC card and the purchases you are already making will earn money for the school. The Booker T. Washington Middle School code is 6192 and it can be linked to your VIC card online, at the register, or at customer service. Please note: Our school must be reconnected to your VIC at the beginning of every school year so even if you have done so in the past, you must reconnect it for the 2019-2020 school year.

Box Tops for Education

You may have noticed a change to the Box Tops for Education program. Starting this year, fewer products will have the "clipable" box top we are all familiar with. Box Tops for Education has transitioned to an app-based program in which you scan your receipts. We will continue to take clipped box tops for as long as they are on products so keep sending them in! The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play. Please be sure to designate Booker T. Washington as your school before you start scanning receipts.


Old Box Tops Clips

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school.

Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for your school. Make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and expiration date.

* All valid Box Tops clips submitted per the Program Rules by a Coordinator of an eligible, enrolled school will be honored.


New Box Tops Labels

Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.