BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Maine Parent Teacher Association (PTA) gathered Saturday to take on some very tough topics facing our schools today, including bullying.
As the state's largest volunteer child advocacy organization, the Maine PTA is made up of parents, educators, students and other community members that take on challenges faced by schools. At this years Maine PTA Convention at Husson University in Bangor, several members gathered to find out how to deal with the evolving issue of bullying in schools.
"I think it's very important and we get a lot of good information from talking to other colleagues that are dealing with the same things and have tried different things," said Woodstock Elementary School Principal, Jolene Littlehale.
There were several topics of discussion on how to deal with bullying. According to speaker and PTA National Service Manager, Deborah Walsh, it's not just a school issue.
"We're trying to put in their hands the right kinds of tools that can lead to the right kinds of discussions," said Walsh. "They can have the level of discussion necessary to address it system wide and community wide."
Other areas that were covered during the convention included: effective meetings and leadership styles, avoiding theft and fraud, as well as networking. One of the biggest challenges the Maine PTA faces right now is a lack of membership. If you'd like to find out more on how you can get involved you can visit their website www.mainepta.org.