Milestones of New Mexico PTA

May 7, 1915

  • New Mexico Congress of Parents and Teachers organizational meeting. Firm foundation established. Dues established as 10 cents to New Mexico PTA and 10 cents to National PTA.
  • Need for more enlightened treatment of the problems of child delinquency and of raising children to make better citizens is established as the Mission.


  • Furnished warm lunches for school children, weighing children and assisting with physical examinations, visiting homes and adding to libraries
  • National President presented first leadership training workshop at state convention. First County Council organized in Dona Ana County. Roswell had the only City Council in the State
  • Published first state bulletin. Established state office in Chavez County courthouse
  • State convention in Raton with theme “In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity”


  • Goals were to have an informed membership, have an informed leadership, encourage interested educators and increase student loan fund
  • State divided into 7 districts
  • Convention resolution denounced reduction in school budgets and urged US Congress to make an emergency appropriation of funds for schools to supplement monies available.
  • Governor Hockenhull proclaimed the first PTA Week in the state’s history
  • Resolution endorsing enactment of Federal Food and Drug Bill
  • Worked successfully to pass legislation requiring a driver’s license and legislation for a sales tax to support the schools
  • Resolution recommending adequate monies for inoculations against diphtheria and other health needs
  • New Mexico Congress served as co-host at the 42nd National Convention in Salt Lake City
  • Recommended materials be published in Spanish as well as English


  • Asked cooperation with the State Dept. of Public Health in registering all births and issuing birth certificates
  • Many hot lunch projects sponsored by local units
  • Resolution urging annual health examinations for students in public schools
  • Resolution urging legislation to provide additional teachers for handicapped children
  • Sponsored enabling legislation for the school lunch program which passed both state houses
  • Resolution supporting adequate teachers’ salaries


  • Sponsored dental clinics
  • Resolution reaffirming belief in the ideals of the United Nations. Safety Program of traffic lights or speed control regulations around schools put into effect
  • Resolution urging public school authorities to integrate Indian children into New Mexico schools and urging eating establishments, hotels, motels and theaters in implementing principles of desegregation
  • Intensive campaign to inform public on legislation that would allow for an elected State Board of Education that passed in 1958 after many years of hard work by NMPTA
  • Bernalillo County Council receives national acclaim on their Clothing Bank project


  • Resolution supporting legislation to arrive at a permanent solution to the financial problems of schools
  • Resolutions urging traffic safety enforcement in school zones and requesting funds for guidance and counseling in schools
  • Resolution encouraging the establishment of kindergartens in New Mexico public schools
  • National PTA Convention held in Albuquerque
  • Elizabeth Hendryson (1952 State President) of Albuquerque serves as National PTA President


  • Resolution encouraging enforcement of air pollution standards
  • Resolution supporting a funding program for equal education opportunities
  • Supported National TV violence project
  • Advocated for school zone signs in areas of elementary and secondary schools
  • Cecil Poppe, State President in 1967, serves as National Treasurer


  • Resolutions passed in support of a Public Awareness Week
  • Supported Adopt-A-School concept
  • Resolutions on background checks for school and day care personnel, supporting the Volunteer Protection Act, and legislative funding for education
  • Resolution on testing and removal of lead in school water and testing for radon gas levels
  • National PTA Convention held in Albuquerque
  • Resolutions on safety for school age childcare and requesting help on personal liability for volunteers


  • Worked to pass legislation implementing a graduated driver’s license program
  • Participated on Goals 2000 Panel and allocated money to school districts
  • Advocated for arts in education
  • Lobbied against vouchers and was able to defeat in committee


  • Developed Embracing Fatherhood Program – first Male Engagement PTA program in the country.
  • Renata Witte, State President in 2000, serves on the National PTA Board of Directors.
  • Published “Is Your Child Coming to School Ready to Learn” for statewide distribution through the New Mexico Public Education Department as a result of a $250,000 grant to promote Healthy Lifestyles.
  • NMPTA President, Leslie Boggs, serves as co-chair of the New Mexico Secretary of Education Search Committee.
  • Partnered with the Immunization Coalition to promote free immunizations for children entering school.
  • Selected as a pilot state for the National PTA Urban Family Engagement Initiative.
  • Partnered with Albuquerque Public School to present statewide annual Title I Family Engagement Conferences.


  • Built partnerships with rural communities and the education community.
  • Mercedes Sandoval, State President in 2009, serves on the National PTA Board of Directors.
  • Awarded the President’s Membership Award from the National PTA President Otha Thornton.
  • In 2015, “Celebrating 100 Years of Family Engagement and Advocacy”.
  • Leslie Boggs, State President in 2003, serves on the National PTA Board of Directors.
  • Awarded National PTA grant to disseminate information on how to interpret PARCC test scores to families across the state.