Raber named PTA president

PARKERSBURG – Justin Raber has been installed as the youngest president of the West Virginia PTA, according to a release.

He was recently installed as head of the statewide association after serving many positions of the state and national associations.

Raber, 27, is a Parkersburg native, a 2008 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and currently attends the West Virginia University College of Law.

“Today’s PTA is not what our mothers called PTA,” Raber stated in a release. “PTA is a network of local, state, and national leaders working to ensure our government leaders do not shortchange today’s educational system. Building engaged families will ensure that every child’s potential is made a reality.”

In 2002, Raber was appointed as the first-ever youth member, and was subsequently elected to a governing body of the national association prior to being elected as president. In March, Raber was awarded the 2013 National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year award, which honors a deserving PTA advocate from across the nation.

Raber will lead the West Virginia PTA for the next two years as president. Building on a mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children, Raber will be working to build the membership, leadership, and future of West Virginia PTA.

Over the next two years, Raber said he’ll focus on building the association’s membership through bringing together parents, teachers, administrators, students, grandparents, and other family members. Raber stated, “The influence of our association is through the power of over 4 million membership nationwide, and over 6,500 members in West Virginia.”

West Virginia PTA, founded in 1923, is comprised of over 6,500 members throughout West Virginia.