The PTA Thrift Shop will remove “PTA” from its name following a mutual agreement between the Carrboro-based thrift store and the National PTA.
The thrift shop’s name will change by Dec. 31, 2019, the independent nonprofit said in a press release.
“I am very pleased and excited to be moving forward with a new name and strategy aimed at bringing equity and opportunity to our youth,” said Dawn Edgerton, PTA Thrift Shop board chairperson. “This organization remains committed to supporting local schools through our Project Impact grants, vouchers provided to school social workers for under-resourced families, and by offering below-market office space to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.”
The relationship between the PTA Thrift Shop and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools PTA Council has grown tense in recent years as the funding from the store to local PTAs sharply declined. The store made little to no contributions to the PTAs following the construction of a new Carrboro location and YouthWorx on Main, a building with rental spaces that nonprofits can lease at affordable rates.
The council sent a letter to the thrift shop in June 2018 requesting the removal of “PTA” from the shop’s name, citing changes in the shop’s mission and focus.