Community-level PTA seeks members

A new group now forming in Lexington wants to give more people opportunities to support education.

Education Advocates, described as a new "community-level PTA," is being launched by Lexington's 16th District PTA, which represents all local PTA groups in Fayette County.

Membership in Education Advocates is open to anyone who supports children and education, said Liza Holland, first vice president of the 16th District PTA.

"You really don't even have to live in Fayette County," Holland said. "It is intended to be a group where people who may not necessarily have children in school right now but still believe in education can continue to support efforts within education."

Similar community-wide parent-teacher organizations are operating in Louisville and Knoxville, although such groups are relatively rare across the country, Holland said.

The Lexington group is interested in developing parent-leaders; fostering healthy lifestyles; promoting environmental education and diversity; and forming relationships with other organizations.

Holland said that such a citywide organization "would present some real opportunities."

For more information, call Holland at (859) 533-3038 or go to