Joanie Mayle, a parent and volunteer at Northwest Middle School, is among the 24 semifinalists for the 2013 Parent Involvement Matters Award in Maryland, it was announced Monday.

The Parent Involvement Matters Award Program is the nation's first statewide initiative of its kind, according to a release from the Maryland State Department of Education.


The program recognizes parents and legal guardians who have been nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact in their education communities and for their exceptional support of public education, according to the release.

Mayle is also a Advisory Council representative and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) president at Northwest Middle.

She also organizes all fundraisers; social events such as Arcs and Sparks from the Maryland Science Center; assemblies on the Civil War that are part of the social studies curriculum; Bullying; Diversity/Multicultural Day, and the annual Veterans Day Celebration, according to the state website.

In addition, she serves as president for the Band Booster Organization at Francis Scott Key High School where one of her children is a student.

The PIMA Program recognizes parents from the school systems in Baltimore City and the 23 counties in the state for their contributions in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement:  Communication; Volunteering; Learning; Decision Making; and Community Collaboration.

The 2013 Parent Involvement Matters Award will be presented on May 17. Five finalists and a statewide winner from the 24 semifinalists will be announced during the award ceremony to be held at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County.

"I am grateful and enthusiastic for what parents and guardians across Maryland are capable of accomplishing in our public schools. I take pleasure in honoring them because they play a fundamental role not only in the nurturing, but also in the edification of our future leaders," said Dr. Lowery. "There is no denying that parent involvement is the single most important factor that pilots student achievement."

Target is the Platinum Sponsor for the PIMA Program.

The Maryland PTA is a Silver Sponsor for the program.

Additional support is provided by Cullins Trucking, Harvest Enterprises and the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium.