National PTA selected the Bennett Corporate Awards design "Lone Cypress" for a prestigious recognition award they recently presented. This unique awards design was used for National PTA’s Selena Sloan Butler Award, a recognition award that honors those who have successfully embraced – through word and deed – National PTA’s mission of ensuring that all children, “irrespective of creed, color, or condition,” gain the equal opportunities to education they deserve. These unique awards are named after Selena Sloan Butler, who was the founder of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers. This organization was founded in 1926 and merged with National PTA in 1970.
This unique corporate awards design was presented to Narvie J. Harris (1916-2009) in memoriam. Ms. Harris was the last president of the Georgia Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers before it merged with National PTA, and was a school administrator in Georgia’s DeKalb County Schools for nearly 40 years. Accepting the recognition award on her behalf were her daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and grandson’s fiancée. The corporate awards design was presented by Lois Jean White, past president of National PTA.
This recognition awards presentation was conducted at the 114th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition, on June 12, 2010, in Memphis, Tennessee. The recognition awards presentation was part of the celebration of the 40th merger of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers with National PTA. This was the inaugural Selena Sloan Butler Awards.
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.