What is the PTA?
The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a national advocacy group for children that is responsible for establishing the Kindergarten program, Hot & Healthy Lunches, Child Labor Laws, Arts in Education, and many more vitally important programs.
In addition to supporting these national programs, here at Westchase Elementary, the PTA is a wonderful group of teachers, volunteers, staff, board members and families just like you!
What does the PTA do?
The Westchase PTA proudly supports more than 25 programs and events throughout the year that directly benefit our students. Some of these programs include Veteran’s Day program, Winter Festival, Junior Achievement, and Reflections, just to name a few.
Working hand-in-hand with administration, teachers, and volunteers, the PTA is an incredible teamwork of people who want to help your child succeed!
If I join the PTA, am I required to volunteer at school?
Absolutely not. We love it when our families want to get involved and help out at school, but it is NOT a requirement. Some of the reasons we do think you would like to join include:
Communication – Being a member of the PTA is an excellent way to know what’s going on at your school. And because the PTA is designed as a “two-way-street” you will also have an effective way to suggest concerns or changes you would like to see at the school.
Connection – the PTA offers many ways to connect with other parents and get involved in the school. PTA functions provide opportunities to meet other parents, teachers, and administrators to discuss issues that are important to you.
Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, Community Members, and Local Businesses.
Myth #1. Only moms and teachers needs to join the PTA.
Fact: A strong PTA needs the support of parents, grandparents, family members, teachers, school staff, and the community. Anyone who cares about children belongs in the PTA!
Myth #2: Joining the PTA means I have to volunteer.
Fact: The PTA appreciates everyone's membership, whether or not a member volunteers. You will not be sucked into the black hole of volunteering--unless you want to!
Myth #3. I have to be a board member or chair a committee to join the PTA.
Fact: You do not have to serve on the PTA Board or chair a committee to join the PTA. Your beautiful smile and wonderful support will suffice!
Myth #4. It’s always the same people every year and everyone knows each other.
FACT: While we are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who return, we also welcome new ones every year.
Myth #5. I don’t have the time to join the PTA.
Fact: You can volunteer as little or as much as your schedule allows. You can just come to meetings if that is all you have time for. Or you can sign up for an activity or even chair a committee if you desire. Whatever you do will be greatly appreciated.
Myth #6. I’ll get roped into volunteering if I attend a PTA meeting.
Fact: There will be opportunities to get involved, but no pressure. Just pass along the sign-up sheet if you are unable to participate. No judgment here! We just appreciate the chance to talk with you and get fresh, new ideas, and support!
Myth #7. The PTA is only for stay-at-home parents with nothing else to do.
Fact: Your fellow PTA members are family and community members who want to support the kids and the school. Every, single, currently participating member is juggling a job, bills, household chores, kids, sports, and homework, just like you!
Myth #8. My child’s life will be the same whether or not I join the PTA.
Fact: Not only does membership put you in direct communication with other parents and teachers, it shows your child that you are interested and invested in their educational experience. Research has proven that parental involvement within the child’s school increases academic achievements and decreases behavior issues. Also, the PTA does so much to make the child’s school experience better. If everyone felt this way, none of these wonderful activities and supports would be available to your student!
Myth #9. The PTA has all the help they need.
Fact: The PTA always wants and always needs volunteers! If you choose to volunteer, you decide your time commitment! The more volunteers available, the less time each volunteer has to spend volunteering, which gives other parents time to spend enjoying our events with their own families! If we have failed to contact you previously, it was truly an oversight, not an indication that we do not need, or want, your help!
Myth #10. I have an idea, but the PTA isn’t interested. They are a group of friends, who does not want anyone else involved, and wants things only their way.
Fact: Nothing could be further from the Fact! New ideas, and new friends, are always welcome! It is important to keep our PTA fresh and exciting!
There are no time commitments, expectations or experience required, you are simply showing your support for your child’s school. Membership is easy and low cost. There is only one price level for membership this year. All families and teachers can join for just $10. Your membership covers all students in your household and includes a community discount card.
Join today by clicking on the Memberships link below! Thank you in advance for your support!