Me? Join the PTA? No Way! In my head I had an idea of what the PTA was and I didn’t fit the mold, plus who has time? That was me two years ago. One of my mom friends convinced me to attend my first PTA meeting, and I knew I had to go because she was much busier than me! I walked into the meeting expecting the stereotypical PTA with the home baked cookies and 50s styled dresses, but what I got was a warm welcome and a camaraderie that cannot be replaced.
Fast Forward 2 Years… Hi I am the new PTA president at my kids school. How did this happen? I joined PTA for the same reason all parents do, to benefit my children, to be involved, to give back… What I didn’t expect was to make friends with the most awesome ladies in town! I found a place where I can share ideas, concerns and experiences. I can honestly say I don’t regret joining PTA for one minute, it has actually been a fun two years collaborating with other parents that have the same passion as me… our kids!
Want to know what is happening in your school? Stop whining about the lack of communication, join your PTA and stay informed. PTA is a network of other parents, teachers, grandparents that make positive changes at your school.
We are “not your Mama’s PTA!” We do so much more than sit around, talk and bake cookies despite the stereotypes that exist. This group of men and women have done so much to bring the families and community together to rally around our children. I am now proud to say I am a member of PTA.
Want to stress to your kids the importance of education? Be a role model and join your PTA! Demonstrate to your child the significance of volunteering and making a difference.
Top 10 reasons TO join a Parent Teacher Association (PTA):
1. It’s good for your child. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in
their school make better grades and have fewer disciplinary problems at school. When
parents get plugged in at school, their children do better.
2. It’s important to the school. PTA provides support to teachers and administrators,
and creates a caring and supportive atmosphere in the school. With all of the budget cuts,
schools are becoming more and more dependent on parent groups.
3. You’ll get connected. There’s no better way to know what’s going on at the school
than to be in the school’s PTA. You’ll be the first to hear about important decisions and
changes the school is thinking about making and you will get to know teachers and
administrators on a familiar basis.
4. You’ll be part of a network. Every PTA function is an opportunity to meet other
parents in the same situation as you. You will be connected with a group of parents who
share a common goal of improving the school for all of the children.
5. You’ll make a difference. By volunteering with the PTA, you’ll be able to use your
skills for a noble cause – to help create the best educational environment possible for our
6. You’ll be there. During the middle school years, most children have a growing desire to
be independent. They may pull away, but being in the PTA keeps you involved in their lives
without feeling like you’re intruding.
7. You’ll be a role model. You’ll show your children that not only are they important to
you, but their education is as well. They’ll see you taking a stand to make education better for
them, and chances are they’ll do the same.
8. You’ll help raise necessary funds. The PTA raises funds to provide more
educational services for children. Fundraisers remain important to improving the quality of
the school overall, and parent groups make them possible.
9. It’s flexible. The PTA has progressed to meet the changing needs of parents. There are a
variety of small ways parents can help and be involved in PTA depending on your availability.
10. It’s for every parent. Your voice and opinion matters! It makes a difference when you
speak up. Your voice and ideas can help improve the quality of education for your children
and their peers.
Top 5 Excuses to NOT Join PTA
As PTA President, I hear many different excuses as to why people don’t want to join PTA. Here is my
Top Five Excuses for NOT joining PTA:
#5 – All the PTA does is ask for money.
I realize it seems this way. We are very careful to ask parents for only what we need to support the students and families of our school. Money goes to student support, equipment for schools and staff hospitality events.
#4 – I already serve on (insert committee here.)
We’re not asking you to make a specific time commitment. We know you’re busy. You can show your support by joining.
#3 – I’m a guy.
Ladies, allow me a minute. I know looking from the outside in, PTA looks like a group of chatty women who get together and talk for too long. What we really are is a group of concerned parents, both men and women, working to support our school and its students. We welcome men!
#2 – I don’t want to be that involved.
There are many different levels of involvement and we’re happy to have parents, families and teacher
at all levels!
And the #1 Excuse not to join the PTA……No one asked me!
I am asking you now…please help us support our schools
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