Whether I am at a birthday party, browsing mom groups on facebook or even at my own kids schools if I mention “Join PTA” things usually go sideways. Why you ask, because people have such a misconception about just JOINING PTA!
This is my 7th year being on the PTA board at my kid’s school. This year I opted for a smaller board position of membership! With school starting next week I figured this was the perfect time to lay it all out there – WHY SHOULD I JOIN PTA?
First and foremost lets set the mass confusion straight – YOU ARE NOT SIGNING YOUR LIFE AWAY TO VOLUNTEER BY JOINING PTA!! Do you want me to repeat that to you — We won’t be calling you begging for help, you are committed to NOTHING!! Do we want your time if you are available and want to help? Oh course we do but we understand. Believe me, all of our PTA board members at our school are working moms or have newborns or other obligations. We get it, we are real world women too!
You don’t even have to attend the PTA meetings, Holy moly you mean to tell me I am not obligated to do anything just by joining PTA? Yes correct! I will scream it from the roof tops if you want but than I may be classified as one of those crazy PTA moms!
By Signing up for PTA and paying the small membership fee (our school is $7 or $10 for a family membership) YOU ARE HELPING TO SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL!! A portion of each membership goes to the state level for your PTA Membership. After that the school uses the remaining membership money as they see fit to benefit the school, students and teachers!
Here are just a few things your PTA membership helps to cover:
(Keep in mind all schools are different but these are examples from our school)
- Back to school Ice Cream Social (no cost to our families)
- Family Movie Night (No cost to our families to enter)
- Teacher Appreaction Week (Lunches, Coffee Cart, Snacks)
- Family Fitness Night (No cost to our families)
- Internet Safety Classes
- Read & Treat (No cost to our families)
I highly encourage you to Join your PTA, your membership fee makes a big difference as every single one counts to make your child’s school year that much better! These free events that your school puts on are not going to fund themselves! YOUR PTA MEMBERSHIP FEE will!
I know we all have so many darn school supplies to buy, who has any extra money left to Join PTA? Don’t worry you can join PTA anytime, a week after school starts or even a month!
Here are some of my Personal Benefits from Being in PTA:
- I have made awesome friendships with other moms at the school! Come on you ladies know what I am saying when I say “Making Mom Friends is not easy”
- My kids get so excited to see mommy at school! The waves and smiles from not only my kids but their little friends are priceless. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “Hi Brooklyn’s Mom” in the hallways
- I know I can make a difference, even if just a small difference
As you go to Open House and send those little darling children of yours back to school keep my thoughts in your head when they ask you to Join your school’s PTA/PTO/PTSA!
Until we can change the budgets and systems around your PTA membership is highly needed at each and every school across the country!!
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF YOUR SCHOOL’S PTA? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS OR OPINIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
***These are my opinions and my opinions only, not the opinion of state, local or national PTA **