Why Join PTA?

Being a member of the PTA shows a commitment to the Public School System not just in your community but Nationwide.  We do not expect members to come to every meeting or help with every event.  Just signing up for a membership will help us better serve the community!  

PTA builds bridges between homes and schools, integrating the efforts of parents with those of principals and teachers. When you get involved in PTA, the child who benefits the most is your own. Getting involved in PTA is also a major step toward improving your child's school, your community, and your state and national education and health policies. 

PTAs develop community leaders. As an active PTA volunteer, you may oversee or take part in: 

• Unit organization 
• Membership recruitment and retention 
• Promoting inclusiveness 
• Programs 
• Finances 
• Meetings 
• Governance 
• Elections 
• Member training 
You will develop skills in: 

• Organization (planning, setting priorities) 
• Volunteer management (recruiting, retaining, and motivating a diverse group of volunteers) 
• Running effective programs 
• Managing money matters and raising funds 
• Running effective meetings (logistics, facilitation, consensus-building) 
• Effective use of parliamentary procedure 
• Effective advocacy on behalf of students 

Why PTA? 

• PTAs get results. More than 85 rigorous research studies show that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases. 

• PTAs keep parents informed. Involved parents can understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. PTAs support education through active participation and advocacy. 

• PTAs improve children's well-being. PTAs focus on what students need to be successful in their learning, including proper nutrition and safe, healthy environments. 

• PTAs can help schools fulfill parent involvement requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Why? Because PTA's definition of parent involvement is the definition used in NCLB. Getting involved in PTA is the best way to organize parent involvement. 

• PTAs benefit everyone. Strong schools mean stronger communities. PTA membership is open to anyone concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children. 
The national PTA organization provides: 

• A user-friendly website, www.pta.org, with useful tools and information for parents and PTA leaders. 

• Quick-reference guides on running a PTA, managing unit finances, increasing membership, and planning programs. 

• Select articles from each issue of Our Children magazine online. 

• A PTA Back-to-School kit, sent to all local presidents. 

• Programs and resources developed in collaboration with PTA's partners. 

• Discounts and special offers from PTA member benefits providers, sponsors, and community partners. 

• E-newsletters on parenting and legislative issues. 

• In-person and online leadership training opportunities. 

• Discounted member rates for PTA's national convention, conferences, and publications. 

• The Member-to-Member Network, which connects you to Congress and gives you a voice on issues important to children, schools, and families. 

• Qualified staff members who carry out lobbying, development, communications, member services, and program work.

(Taken from a Nation PTA Training course)