History of LBCPTA

PTA Founders

Our annual Founders Day is essentially National PTA’s birthday, celebrating the date of February 17, 1897 on which the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was founded.  Every year we recognize our three founders, Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, and Selena Sloan Butler for their vision and determination.  We also honor the current leaders of the National, State, District, Council and Unit PTAs who are working hard at continuing PTA’s amazing volunteer work on behalf of America’s children.

The organization was created to meet a profound challenge: to better the lives of children. Since it was founded, PTA has provided support, information, and resources to families focused on this same goal. Still today, it continues to flourish because PTA has never lost sight of its goal: to better the lives of children across our great nation.  PTA has become an organization that has been woven into the very fabric of American life.


Our Founders’ Vision

These three women founded an organization—a nationwide movement—in a time when social activism was scorned and women did not have the vote.  Believing that there is no stronger bond than that between mother and child, they felt it was up to mothers of this country to eliminate threats that endangered children.  In 1897, they called for action and more than 2,000 people answered—many were mothers, but fathers, teachers, laborers, and legislators also responded. Support grew from that first meeting in Washington DC. Problems were identified and strategies devised. Through consistent hard work, and years of perseverance, the dreams became reality:

  • the creation of kindergarten classes
  • child labor laws
  • a public health service
  • hot lunch programs
  • a juvenile justice system
  • mandatory immunization

Many additional programs were accepted as national norms. Between 1897 and 1919, 37 state-level congresses were chartered to help carry out the work of the organization.

 Purposes of the PTA

  •  To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship
  •  To raise the standards of home life
  •  To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth
  • to develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.

Our Pledge to Children

We pledge to uphold the mission of PTA:

  • To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in schools; in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children
  • To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children and
  • To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

Timeline of LBCPTA Accomplishments

Early 1900’s

  • Helped to establish free kindergarten
  • Raised funds for poor mothers
  • Lobbied for school cafeterias
  • Established a dental and medical clinic on Atlantic Blvd. benefitting poor children
  • A ‘Watchdog’ committee was established to oversee court cases involving juvenile offenders


  • Lobbied for school libraries and recreation facilities
  • Helped get incoming first graders registered and examined by a doctor and dentist


  • Embarked on a program to plant trees around the city
  • Started a program called ‘Social Adjustment’ for teaching junior high students how to dance
  • Hosted a charity show with profits benefitting the welfare fund
  • Held ‘Friday Night Frolics’  –  a program featuring inter-school dances


  • During the war volunteers helped at schools issuing ration coupon books to the community for items such as gasoline, tires, sugar and shoes
  • Helped with scrap metal and rubber drives
  • ‘The Milk Bowl’ was established – a carnival involving high school scrimmages, pep groups and bands to raise funds to purchase milk and subsidize dental and medical fees for needy children. For over a quarter century the Milk Bowl contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars to the children of Long Beach!


  • A scholarship fund was established


  • Lobbied to obtain fluoridation of Long Beach water
  • Fought to prevent the sale of fire works in Long Beach
  • Encouraged and endorsed Superintendent briefings
  • Instrumental in the implementation of parent – teacher conferences


  • Worked to squelch sidewalk ‘porno’ newspapers
  • Helped in a tax election called ‘SOS’ or Saving Our Schools
  • Led the fight to reinstate crossing guards AND passed an initiative to have city categorical monies and not taxes fund the program


  • Co-Sponsored ‘College and Career Exploration Day’ at LBCC


  • Established ‘Teacher of the Year’ recognition and classroom grant


  • Donated $20,000 to Camp Hi Hill for the construction of a fire ring
  • Joined with TALB and local government leaders to bring attention to the bleak budget situation
  • Initiated a court case regarding diminished air quality and its affect on the health of Long Beach children
  • Working on reaching the homeless student population

LBCPTA Past Presidents

Under the leadership of the following volunteers, Long Beach Council PTA has been making a difference in the lives of the children in our community for over a century.

Mrs. Norma Kingman  1909-11

Mrs. E.M. Strong 1911-13

Mrs. Charles W. Sawyer 1913-15

Mrs. Harry Stearns 1915-16

Mrs. W.H. Frost 1916-17

Mrs. Genevria Wall 1917-19

Mrs. Sheldon Enders 1919-20

Mrs. R.R. Kerr 1920-21

Mrs. Charles Barnett 1921-23

Grace Kruegar 1922-23

Mrs. W.E. English 1922-23

Mrs. A.H. Murray 1923-25

Mrs. Mary Parker Bort 1926-28

Mrs. W.H. Gillis 1928-30

Mrs. J.F. Chubbic 1930-32

Mrs. Howard T. Rankin 1932-34

Mrs. Stephen G. Skinner 1934-36

Mrs. Frank Stephens 1936-38

Mrs. P.J. Marriner 1938-40

Mrs. J.S. Bruce 1940-42

Mrs. Paul Forker 1943-44

Mrs. E.H. Galbraith 1944-46

Mrs. C.H. Culbertson 1946-48

Sybil Reed 1948-50

Frances Findlay 1950-52

Jane Koekkoek 1952-54

Waunita Larson 1954-56

Marian Gordon  1956-58

Beryl Loucks     1958-60

Lucy Still     1960-62

Jo George     1962-64

Margaret Dean     1964-66

Toby Johnson     1966-68

LaVerne Spencer     1968-70

Arlene Solomon     1970-72

Eunice Sato     1972-74

Harriet Williams     1974-76

Edie Harrison     1976-78

Bea Antenore     1978-80

Norma Naumann      1980-82

Bea Antenore     1982-84

Virginia Wright     1984-86

Nancy Phillips     1986-88

Rosann Monaghan    1988-90

Sheila Spivey     1990-92

Marjorie Kinney     1992-94

Linda Haines     1994-95

Lezlie Darling     1995-97

Pamela Clark Flores   1997-01

Kristie Watkins       2001-03

Camie Dean       2003-04

Sandra Scott       2004-07

Diana Craighead       2007-09

Leslie Gebb       2009-10

Michael Morgan        2010-2013

Jodie Storey       2013-2015

Elena Wraight   2015 – 2017

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