We have soldiers stepping up, a PTA taking a stand on a controversial social issue, a district launching a parent academy to teach volunteering and, oh yes, a school giving a great big thanks for parents who give so much of their time!

Special Volunteers: For the fourth year in a row, soldiers from the 67th Signal Battalion from Fort Gordon helped out at the nearby Cedar Ridge Elementary School Field Day in Grovetown, Ga. More than half of the students have a family member connected to the military. The soldiers assisted in 12 different events and a news report said there was also a little dancing going on. Sounds like a great time!

Tackling bullying: The state PTA in Indiana just passed a resolution that says all schools in Indiana “should adopt anti-bullying policies for LGBT students and that these same students deserve to learn in a safe environment.’’ In the resolution, the PTA said it will publish an article in its statewide publications about issues surrounding LBGT bulling and encourage local units to work with schools on establishing policies to “protect LBGT youth.’’

Volunteer recognition: The Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise, Ariz., recently hosted a luncheon to say thanks to more than 80 volunteers who regularly help out at the school. One volunteer received the “Alumni of the Year’’ award for regularly devoting 25 hours a week to the kindergarten class.

Teaching involvement: The Kailua, Hawaii school district last week started a parent academy to help parents become leaders in working with schools. This follows several other recent steps within the state to get parents more engaged in order to boost student performance. The academy is intended to get information to parents about the schools in the hopes that that will encourage them to get more involved.