“There’s No Place Like PTA!”
The heat of the summer may be continuing, but the sounds of the schools bells are beginning to ring across our valley. The sounds of the children rejoicing and greeting their friends after summertime off, playing tether ball, and laughing are seasonal signs that it is time to buckle down, focus on learning, and of course join your local PTA.
There’s no place like PTA because membership in PTA encourages, empowers, and supports parents and from all walks of life to become actively involved in their child’s education. PTA provides ample opportunities for parents from all social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds to be involved in their student’s education, as well as having a voice in school matters, and planning programs and events at their school. Whether a parent can give 30 minutes a week or 30 hours a month depending on their schedule, PTA can be organized to accommodate the various needs of its volunteers. If a parent/member is unable to volunteer, PTA membership still allows that parent/ member to attend meetings and voice their ideas and opinions that help shape the direction of the PTA.
There’s no place like PTA because the beauty of PTA is that has a proven structure for successful leadership (PTA was established in 1897.), and a business model that any school whether religious, public, private, traditional or charter can adopt and organize to meet the needs of its own unique community. PTAs within the same school district may not look alike in terms of fundraisers, programs, activities, and events offered, because of the differing priorities and needs within the various school communities. However, what the PTAs have in common is the ability to set and realize their goals and priorities that enhance and enrich the education of their students.
There’s no place like PTA because PTA is your voice for expressing and representing to each other, educators, local, state, and federal elected-officials the concerns, needs, ideas, visions, direction, and support that are needed to continuously improve student learning, so that your children are prepared for college and career, and to be responsive, caring, independent adults.
There’s no place like PTA because what makes PTA unique is the in-depth support there is for the volunteers/members. PTA is a national organization that provides its members access to support through state and regional PTAs, as well as through volumes of resource materials, annual convention, trainings, most of which can be accessed through its website(capta.org).
There’s no place like PTA because at PTA we encourage anyone who is interested in supporting their students and local schools, whether they are relatives, friends, teachers, principals, school district administrators, elected-officials, or local businesses to join PTA. Your membership, your voice, will shape the vision and direction of your child’s education and future, as well as the direction and quality of your local school and community.
To join PTA, please contact your local school or me, Sue Solomon at email@example.com.
President, SCV Council PTA