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  • Why should I join PTSA?

PTSA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. Being a member of PTSA means that you are part of a powerful association and action plan that is focused on programs and initiatives that strengthen your child’s education.

PTSA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. Join PTSA for your child because increasing our membership, even by one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community. 

  • Where does my money go when I pay membership dues?

PTSA dues directly support your child. It helps fund essential school resources and curriculum needs. These dues support advocacy efforts at all levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. It also supports our work to strengthen connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families, and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.

 

  • Do I have to be a board member or be a chair for a committee to join the PTSA?

Not at all. Some of our most valued PTSA members have never held a leadership position. Your support is all we ask!

 

  • Does PTSA membership require volunteering and attending meetings?

The only thing required of you to be a member of PTSA is to pay the annual membership dues. Beyond that, however you choose to PTSA is up to you. PTSA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. From volunteering at school events to participating in local, state and national advocacy efforts to holding PTA leadership roles – the level of involvement is up to you. There is no wrong way to PTSA!

 

  • How much time do I have to commit to being a member of PTA?

Membership in PTSA can involve as much or as little time as you have to offer. There is no wrong or right way to be involved – anything you can give, whether it is time, money or talent will support your child’s potential.  

  • Isn’t PTSA a social club for stay-at-home moms?

First and foremost, PTSA is for every family who has a child at the school. PTSA is for moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, and the broader community!

While some of the work done by PTSA may appear purely social – including family events like ice cream social, family potlucks or FACE events that are organized to strengthen the school community – much of PTSA’s work focuses on funding essential school resources and curriculum needs, as well as advocating at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education.

 

  • How does PTSA ensure it represents every child and family at the school?

We encourage every family in the school to become a PTSA member to support the success of their child. We want a diverse membership base that reflects all the families and needs of students at the school. PTSA strengthens connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.

 

  • How does PTSA impact my child?

-PTSA provides schools access to experts, resources, trainings and dozens of nationally recognized educational enrichment programs that impact a child’s education such as the Family Reading Experience, in partnership with the Reading is Fundamental.

-PTSA funds the nation's largest and longest running student arts program, Reflections®, which provides students access to arts, music, literature, dance, drama and visual arts.

-PTSA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system and anti-child labor laws.

 

  • Does my PTSA membership never expire?

It does expire. Each new school year begins a new PTSA membership year and you need to renew yearly.

My child’s life will be the same whether I join the PTSA or not. So, what is the point in becoming a member?

 

Not only does membership put you in direct communication with other parents and teachers, it shows your child that you are invested in their educational experience and demonstrate the importance you place on education.. Research has proven that parental involvement within the child’s school increases academic achievements.

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