Highlands Council of PTA's

News and Updates

Great Kindness Challenge Week: January 25–29, 2021

The The California Department of Education (CDE), in partnership with the Great Kindness Challenge® (GKC), encourages all teachers, staff, and students of child care centers, preschools, and schools to participate in the GKC the week of January 25–29, 2021.

The GKC, presented by Kids for Peace, is a global, proactive bullying-prevention initiative that educators and students can use to create a culture of kindness. Using a customizable kindness checklist, every student has an opportunity to practice kindness and make a positive impact.

The theme for this year’s GKC is Kindness Unites. Now, more than ever, our communities need to experience the healing and unifying power of kindness. I encourage you to embrace the GKC as a powerful tool to celebrate diversity and champion our common humanity. It is through the cumulative effects of sometimes small acts of kindness that we can begin to counter bias, bullying, and racism.

The GKC theme is also in step with a new CDE initiative called Education to End Hate. The initiative was designed to empower educators and students to confront the hate, bigotry, and racism rising in communities across the state and nation. The GKC supports this effort by providing positive solutions and resources that actively engage students, staff, families, and communities in creating a culture of kindness, compassion, acceptance, and mutual respect.

Join the 15 million students from over 28,000 schools in 115 countries who participated in the GKC during School Year 2019–20. You can sign up at The Great Kindess Challenge to get instant access to the free online GKC tools (including GKC toolkit, checklists, translations, and more). I encourage all California schools to participate in the GKC!

Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Highlands Council of PTA's
To Positively Impact the Lives of All Children

Established in 1921, Highlands Council of PTA's currently represents twenty one PTA organizations in the city of Los Angeles, as authorized by the Los Angeles Tenth District of the California State PTA; and is affiliated with the National PTA.

The Council was established under the authority of the California State PTA, for the purpose of collaboration, leadership training, and coordination of the efforts of the member units.

Highlands Council provides the units  an opportunity for cooperation in promoting their common interests and discussion regarding their common issues. It coordinates the work of the member units with other agencies or organizations in the area working for children and youth.

It serves as a channel of communication between the state, and the Tenth District PTSA and the units.

Adhering to California State PTA's mission, Highlands Council of PTA's resolves to positively impact the lives of children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communication.

PTA's Purpose:

To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.

To raise the standards of home life.

To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.

To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.

To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

Board Members

Anvi Kevany


Jason Li

First Vice President for Programs

Jackie Cahill

Second Vice President for Membership

Amy Davis


Terry Coxwell


Yoshiko Kim


Susanne Foldes



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