That's a lot of meetings and a bundle of hours spent advocating children's rights, assisting teachers in the classroom and finding money for educational programs.

So, you'd wager that by the time her 12-year-old son leaves the public school system, Nakaya will be ready to take well-deserved retirement from the PTA.Guess again.

"One way or another, I think I'll be involved with the PTA all my life," said Nakaya, who isn't yet a grandmother but looks forward to the days she can help assure her grandchildren a quality education.And, judging from Nakaya's personal PTA portfolio, the future leaders of the PTA can look forward to her service.

Nakaya joined the PTA 14 years ago when her first child was in kindergarten. Having served over the years as a lobbyist and legislative vice president on the local level, Nakaya became director of the Davis PTA in 1988 and is now associate director.

But teachers, parents and administrators are currently singing her praises for the work she did the past year coordinating a project designed to help "at-risk" children.

She helped publish three practical, common sense handbooks - one for principals, one for parents and one for teenagers - that deal with questions about sex, drugs and other challenges youth face in their formative years.

The largest part of the project is a 40-page "Youth Yellow Pages," 38,000 copies of which are being distributed to every secondary school student in the Davis School District.

As a companion to the youth booklet, Nakaya and her district-sponsored committee are handing out the "Family Yellow Pages" to all the parents of secondary students.

"We've had some positive response," Nakaya said. "I've had some calls from parents who say how pleased they are to have some sort of reference guide to help them identify some problems and how to deal with them."

If the "yellow pages" project has had a drawback it has been the publicity given to Nakaya, who said she prefers to remain "behind the scenes.

"This has put me out into the forefront more than I've wanted."

What Nakaya truly enjoys is working in the classroom. In the morning, she works as a teacher's aide in a fourth-grade classroom at Orchard Elementary in Bountiful. In the afternoon, she volunteers her time as needed at the same school.

"Every school needs volunteers and every child needs that extra little support," Nakaya said, putting in a plea that all parents take an active role in their children's education.

"When you help one child, you're helping all children."