Your PTA has a wealth of programs to support and implement in your school. Among them are Community Concern, Education, Health, Parent Involvement, Awards, Grants, Reflections, Scholarships, SMARTS, and Founders Day. Information on these subjects can be found under the heading of "Programs" at:


Extensive research during the past decade now confirms the arts improve academic and personal success. Real education reform must "Bring back the Arts". Please join our efforts to help parents, teachers and legislators understand the importance of the arts. The California State PTA wants to create advocates for quality arts education at every school in California.

For more information, please access the California State PTA web site under Programs/SMARTS.


The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Peralta District PTA Reflections

The theme for 2016-17 is  "What is Your Story?" (More information from California State PTA)

For more information about the Reflections program, visit the Reflections page.

Founders Day/H.S.A.

Founders Day

For more than a century, National PTA has provided support, information and resources to families focused on the health and education of children. The organization was founded in 1897 in Washington DC as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. If not for these women and their vision and determination, there would not be a PTA - an organization that has been woven into the very fabric of American life.

By whatever name it has been known, National PTA was created to meet a profound challenge: to better the lives of children. And today, it continues to flourish because PTA has never lost sight of its goal: to change the lives of children across our great nation for the better.

Honorary Service Award

While paying tribute to the three Founders and all who worked with them, it is also an appropriate time to show appreciation to those in your own PTA and community who have been dedicated advocates for children.

The Honorary Service Award, Continuing Service Award, Golden Oak Service Award and Very Special Person Award are bestowed on very special people to honor them for their outstanding efforts on behalf of children. Donations may also be made. (Note: Awards may be presented throughout the year.)

Honorary Service Award nomination form

For more information on how you can celebrate Founders Day, please access the State PTA web site.


The Health Commission works to promote effective health education programs in schools and communities that offer children, youth, and families the skills needed to make healthy choices. Through legislative action, the Health Commission advocates for statewide health programs for children, youth, and families. Commission members serve on various statewide committees that address mental health, physical health, and environmental health issues. The Health Commission supports efforts that bring together concerned people, agencies and organizations to address the needs of children, youth, and families and assist them in establishing healthy behaviors.

For more information on how you can become active in the health issues of your school population, please access the State PTA web site on Programs and Health.


To recognize the achievements of members, units, councils and allied agencies, the National PTA and California State PTA coordinate a number of awards programs. This section provides direction on how to apply for or order:

  • Phoebe Apperson-Hearst National PTA Excellence in Education Partnership Awards
  • California's MY PTA/PTSA Awards
  • Honorary Service Awards
  • Acknowledging Service and Honoring Presidents, and
  • National PTA Reflections Program Awards.

Ready Set Remit

Units that meet the "Ready Set Remit" award deadline (due to the State PTA by November 1st) receive a certificate from the State PTA and from Peralta District PTA. The purpose of the award is to encourage units, councils, and districts to start submitting per capita dues in a timely manner and on a regular basis. Should a PTA wish to apply for a Spotlight Award due to the State PTA by January 31st, it should have qualified for a Ready Set Remit Award in October.

For more information on PTA awards. their timelines, and the application forms, please go to the CAPTA web site and look under Programs:

Scholarships & Grants

Convention Grants - Peralta District PTA offers grants of up to $750 for individuals who will be serving as officers in the following term to attend convention.

PTA EZ Grants from Peralta District PTA
PTA EZ was developed so that PTAs could record financial transactions correctly using approved formats, manage their budget, and run reports with ease and security. The small yearly cost is based on gross receipts. Peralta District PTA awards grants of $99 to units that would like to implement this program.

Health and Safety Grants from Peralta District PTA:
Peralta District PTA is offering Health and Safety Grants to units and councils.


California State PTA also has an excellent grant and scholarship program.  See for information and applications.

    • Units, councils, and district PTAs can apply for grants to provide Parent Education, Outreach/Translation, Cultural Arts and Healthy Lifestyles. The due date for the application is October 15.

    • Credentialed teachers or counselors, volunteers, or school nurses who are PTA members and would like to continue their education can apply for a scholarship. The due date for the application is October 15.

   • Student members who are seniors can apply for a scholarship to continue their edcuation. The due date for the applcation is February 1.

Funding for grants and scholarships from California State PTA comes from contributions to the Honorary Service Award (HSA) program. When you purchase an Honorary Service Award, a Continuing Service Golden Oak Award, or a Very Special Person Award through the California State PTA, not only does the recipient become a permanent part of PTA history but this exceptional scholarship and grant program is allowed to continue.