Join the National or Local PTA | #FightBackin5
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is known for their dedication to improving the lives of children in education, health and safety. According to their website, their goal is to be a powerful voice for children and a relevant resource to families and communities, while also serving as a strong advocate for public education. The organization’s key values are collaboration, commitment, accountability, respect, inclusivity and integrity. If you are looking for a proactive way to get involved with your school, community and children’s education, joining the PTA is a great option. Parents are able to actively participate in the effort to improve everything from education program funding to school safety. For today’s #FightBackin5 we give you a quick look at the benefits and resources available to you as a PTA member.
Membership Benefits: When you join the PTA, you are not only helping support your child’s education, but you are able to save money on everything from school supplies to car rentals. Beyond discounts, there are many reasons why a school needs a PTA. PTAs can help address shrinking school budgets, increasing class sizes, government mandates, the quality of education and school safety.
While local chapters are supported by the National PTA, local PTAs set their own dues and manage their own membership. PTA members can work together to leverage volunteer power, improve school communication, fundraise funding for school programs, and address important issues like nutrition, physical fitness and student’s general well-being. According to the PTA website, “More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.” The PTA is a great way to not only stay in-tune with what is going on in the community and school, but a way for you to show support of your children.
One of the challenges of creating and sustaining positive change in a community is the challenge of starting new programs from scratch. Each local PTA has access to “ready-made, easy-to-use programs with proven success records. From health and safety topics, to collaborating with teachers and community members, to fundraising, the programs get results.”
Instead of feeling like a helpless bystander, parents can choose to be involved and informed. “Involved parents understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. By developing a closer relationship with parents, student achievement improves, and the school develops a positive reputation in the community.”
Helpful Resources: The PTA website provides helpful resources on school safety – providing bullying, violence and injury prevention guides, as well as information on internet safety, safe routes to school and TV and video game safety.
The PTA’s blog One Voice, provides insight on topics like digital parenting, helping students with special needs and how to attract more people to your community’s PTA.
We encourage you to check out all of the resources available to you as you research your local PTA. We urge you to get involved and to take a proactive approach to school safety and your child’s educational experience. To help you get started, you can find your local PTA here.