COLUMBUS – Ohio PTA is accepting registrations for its 111th Annual Convention to be held April 28 – 30 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave.

The event includes opportunities for PTA members and others to learn about a variety of topics including positive screen time for young children, suicide prevention, and running a PTA.

To register, go to The cost is $130 per person. One day registrations are available for $100. Registrations made by April 1 are buy one get one free. New this year is online hotel reservations.

A Town Hall meeting on the Opioid Epidemic will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 28. The opiate epidemic and shift to heroin is causing great concern throughout the State of Ohio. This presentation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will give an overview of the opioid epidemic, a summary of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s response to this epidemic, an update on programs and services available for drug prevention programming in schools, insights on what the Attorney General’s Office has seen succeed across Ohio, and recommendations for school leaders. Presenter are Jennifer Biddinger, director of drug abuse outreach initiatives and Randi Ostry, drug use education and policy manager.

A highlight of the Convention is recognition of Reflections winners from throughout the state. The Reflections program is designed to enhance art education programs and provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts. PTA’s Helping Hands, Outstanding Educators, Oak Tree and School Nurse Award recipients will also be honored. Also, the 2017 - 2019 Ohio PTA Board of Directors will be installed.

Founded in 1901, Ohio PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer organization in the State of Ohio focusing on the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. A branch of the National PTA, it has nearly 70,000 members in over 500 units. The organization works to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.