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Columbia's Stevens Forest Elementary School, PTA recognized nationally

Stevens Forest Elementary School in Columbia and its PTA have been recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence for the school's achievement in building family-school partnerships, according to a news release from the National PTA.

“The partnership between Stevens Forest Elementary and its PTA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “Stevens Forest Elementary and its PTA have put strong practices into place that involve families in the life of the school, and we are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence.”

Stevens Forest Elementary School is in Columbia's Oakland Mills neighborhood. It was one of 170 schools recognized nationally, and the only school recognized in Maryland.

“There is broad agreement that family involvement in a child's education is of vital importance, especially when one considers that parents and families serve as the child's first and most important teacher,” said Ernesto Diaz, principal of Stevens Forest Elementary School. “Meaningful and engaging family-school partnerships have a profound impact on a child's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development.”

National PTA presented Stevens Forest Elementary and its PTA with a banner, which will be unveiled at its annual Back to School Social on Sept. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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