Washington, D.C. — The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) honored U.S. Senator Susan Collins today with its 2017 Congressional Voice for Children Award for her “outstanding leadership and commitment to improving education and advancing issues impacting children’s health and well-being.” Maine PTA President Tracy Walker and Maine PTA Vice President Haley Tripp presented the award to Senator Collins in her Washington, D.C., office. Senator Collins is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the National PTA for my work on behalf of our nation’s schools,” said Senator Collins. “In my more than 200 visits to Maine schools, I have seen firsthand an inspiring commitment to excellence. I am proud to support legislation that supports our schools and ensures every child receives a quality education and has the opportunity to succeed.”
“Senator Collins is leading the charge to strengthen public education, ensure children have a healthy environment in which to thrive and learn, and make sure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “We commend her for her leadership and commitment to improving education and being a champion of change for our nation’s youth. We are thrilled to honor her with our 2017 Congressional Voice for Children Award.”
The Congressional Voice for Children Award is given to two Members of Congress each year (bicameral, bipartisan). Congressional award winners are nominated and selected by the National PTA Legislation Committee and National PTA President.
For 120 years, the National PTA has brought educators and parents together in the great cause of ensuring opportunity for all American children. The organization is comprised of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders, and membership is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.