When you’re stymied about a decision you need to make, do you ever make one of those lists – you know the ones with “pros” on one side of the paper and “cons” on the other side? Here’s a no brainer choice for you when you’re choosing whether or not to join the PTA/PTO at your child’s school.
Linda Childers, mother of a middle school student in Northern California, had this to say about why she joins PTA year after year, “Joining the PTA each year is one way for parents to be involved in their child’s education. Our PTA does a great job of supporting our teachers and students through events and fundraising efforts. My son has participated in the PTA Reflections contest for the past two years (winning awards in photography), and in this era of budget cuts, it’s wonderful to see a program where kids are encouraged and awarded for their creativity.”
If Linda’s story didn’t do it, here are several more reasons for the “Pro” half of your list when you ask yourself, “Why should I join my child school’s PTA/PTO organization?”
- To find out what’s happening. The PTA knows what’s happening with the school and usually plans many of the events.
- To use your skills. You can share what you’re good at doing to help your child and all the other children in the school.
- To meet other parents. You can learn so much from other PTA members and potentially even make new friends. Other parents know the best teachers, the not-so-great ones, and what the crucial issues at the school might be. This is your chance to share ideas, concerns and experiences – a chance you might not have otherwise.
- To speak up. PTA has a platform you can use to suggest change at your child’s school.
- To witness improvement. When you get involved, you can help make positive changes to the building, the curriculum and to social events.
- To show your child 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.
- To enjoy benefits. Often individuals or local units have the opportunity to take advantage of discounts and offers only available to them – like magazine subscriptions, training, newsletters and more.
- To make a difference. There is power in numbers, so joining PTA gives you a powerful voice for the children.
- To support your child and others. According to www.pta.org, PTA is the largest child advocacy association in the United States.
- To be part of a working mechanism. PTA has been around since 1897, more than 100 years. Not many organizations last this long, so it must be doing something right.
Already a PTA Member?
The number one reason that people don’t join the PTA is that nobody asked them to.
Remedy that by making a concerted effort to ask every parent and teacher and staff member in your school if they would like to become a PTA/PTO member.