A message from the President...
Katie Sprouse, HCC PTA President
When I became involved in PTA a little over a decade ago, I never dreamed my path would lead
me where it has. I was just a young mother of two looking to meet people in the community we
had just moved into. I was nervous and a little overwhelmed (or maybe a lot)...but my journey
began with a simple question asked Cool Spring’s Dolphin Dash, “How can I help?” And while at
the time, my question was answered with “Have you ever heard of the Reflections Program?”, in
the 10 years since, “How can I help?” has grown and morphed to mean so much more than I
could have ever imagined.
While “How can I help?” is an important question, I now have to ask a follow up question...How
can I help bring us back together?
No one could have predicted where the last year and a half would lead us. We have come to see the best and worst society has to offer, worldwide,
nationwide, and even here at home. So I have a proposal, Let’s get back to basics. Supporting
and advocating for the needs of our most vulnerable population, our children, should be the
primary focus of everyone involved in PTA, with egos checked at the door.
I welcome any and all to the table. I don’t and won’t ever have all the answers, but what I can
promise,s to listen If something doesn’t seem to be working the way you want or think it
should, let’s talk about it. If something can be done better, let’s talk about it. But you know what
else, if it is working, if there are successes....let’s talk about that too. Let’s celebrate our wins
together. Let’s share that knowledge and those lessons learned with each other. Let’s build each
other up into the amazing community I fell in love with a decade ago. I want to cheer you on. I
want to celebrate with you. Now more than ever, we need to acknowledge those wins and build
each other up.
So today, I’ll end just as I began with asking each of you a question, “How can I help?” I cannot
wait to get started!
Hanover County Council Executive Board
2022-2023 HCC PTA Officers
President: Katie Sprouse
Secretary: Ashley Owen
Treasurer: Madison Metro
Advocacy Chair: Heather Bronson
VP of Communication/Memberhub: Christina Whitehouse
Standing Committee Chairs
Annual Banquet -
Certificate of Excellence/Volunteer of the Year - Ashley Owen
Reflections - Lisa Bryant
Membership - Christina Whitehouse