Reasons to join the PTA
Reason #1: Your child benefits. When parents get connected to the school, children get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems. When you build a relationship with your child's teachers, principal, and office staff, it will be far easier to communicate about any problem (or victory) that occurs throughout the year.
Reason #2: You will be in the know. The PTA knows what’s happening with the school, who's involved, and usually plans many of the events. PTA is responsible for almost all of the school's fundraising revenue. They provide support to teachers and administrators, and they create a caring and supportive atmosphere in the school.
Reason #3: You'll tap into a network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, to build rapport and discuss issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences to make the school year better for everyone.
Reason #4: You can be part of the solution. By getting involved at your child’s school you can help make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide programs, activities, and social events. By volunteering with the PTA, you'll be able to use your skills for a noble cause. The goal is to create the best educational environment for our children.
Reason #5: You can meet other parents. The common bond all parents of school-aged children share is that we care about creating the best possible educational experience for our kids. We are neighbors and peers and as a result, many friendships are forged via this connection.
Reason #6: Your child will feel a sense of pride. Being part of the local PTA will, in most cases, make your kids proud of you. They may not admit it (they may even grumble), but they will feel proud that their parents are involved in improving their school's well-being.
Reason #7: You can have fun while doing good. Volunteer work shouldn’t be drudgery. Our PTA has helped in many ways such as organizing events like the Halloween Carnival and Holiday Boutique. We had a great time working together towards one goal. You will help plan fun events and socials that the whole family can attend.
Reason #8: Your voice can be heard. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively effect change at your child’s school. Your voice and opinion matter and it makes a difference when you speak up. Your ideas can help improve the quality of education for your children and their peers.
Reason #9: You can share your skills. Your child will beam for weeks after his/her parent comes to school and shares his/her career, hobby, or even just their time helping out at the school book fair. Stay-at-home parents as well as working parents all have individual talents they can share. There are a variety of small ways parents can help and be involved in the PTA. Project responsibilities are flexible and can be adjusted to fit with your time constraints.
Reason #10: You can show that you care. By becoming a PTA member, you’re also becoming a role model and demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education as well as on being involved in their world. You will show your children that not only are they important to you, but their education is as well. They will see you taking a stand to make education better for them and their peers, and chances are they will do the same.
Being an involved parent can be as simple as helping your child with homework or reading together. The more time you take out of your day to become more involved in your child's education, the better. You don't have to make the PTA a full time job to make a difference. However, volunteering occasionally and attending school events matters. Showing your children you value education will teach them to value it as well.
PTA IS THE OLDEST NON-PROFIT children’s ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD, whose mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.