The number one reason to join or start a Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more advantages. Here are just a few:
Parent Teacher and Student Associations (PTSA
- Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
- Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
- Tap into a Network. Parenting is not easy—it helps to share ideas, concerns and experiences with other parents and educators in the community. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind.
- Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTA, you gain valuable experiences. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use for a good cause—your child and all children in the community.
- Speak Up. Because the PTA is a forum for exchanging ideas, you are encouraged to make suggestions. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
- Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fund raising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events—all vital to a school’s success.
- Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
- Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.
s) include student members who are given the opportunity to develop or use their leadership skills. Middle and High school students participating in the PTSA get the chance to coordinate projects in addition to volunteering for their school and community. These students can even help to lead projects at elementary schools in their school districts.
For less than 3 cents a day, you can become a PTA/PTSA member, joining nearly 5 million other people who likely share some of your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—are invited to join our not-for-profit organization.
PTA/PTSA's are networked with a district, state and national organizations and their resources, advocacy and outreach. other parent teacher organizations such as PTO, are not PTA. By supporting the PTA, you pay a few pennies to benefit your school, state and country. Also, your school benefits from this investment by enjoying what the PTA is able to offer because of its national prominence and affiliations. With PTA, we think outside of the box and care about others outside of our existence. Many pay for one cup of coffee, what many PTA units ask for in one year's membership.
If your school does not have a PTA/PTSA, please email our district president to request one and we will help to get one started there!! First steps include: Getting School Based Decision Making (SBDM) approval, then having a general meeting to approve bylaws with 30 days notice, minimum 10 paid members and a quorum (over half). We could provide training as needed for officers/leaders!
Brenda Martin, 26th District President, email@example.com
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