What is the PTA? The
Objects of the PTA Why should I join
the PTA? How can I benefit?
Benefits provided by the National PTA
What is the ACCPTA?
What is the PTA?
The PTA is a grassroots organization
made up of parents, teachers and others around the state who have a special
interest in children, families and schools. "PTA" stands for Parent Teacher
Association, and PTSA stands for Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
Any person who supports the objects of the PTA is welcome to become a member.
THE OBJECTS OF
What does the PTA do?
To promote the welfare of children
and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship
To raise the standards of home life
To secure adequate laws for the care
and protection of children and youth
To bring into closer relation, the
home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently
in the education of children and youth
To develop between educators and the
general public such united efforts as will secure for every child the highest
advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education
PTAs and PTA's work for children,
meet together, study problems, support teachers, volunteer in schools,
attend workshops on parenting and become informed on issues regarding children.
Why should I join PTA?
Because of your children and your
community. Membership in the PTA provides your child and other children
around you with a greater chance of achieving in school. Studies have proven
that. Being a PTA member, you are more likely to be an informed and involved
parent. More than ever, it is important for parents to know ways to keep
children safe, trouble free and involved in school. The PTA is the best
place to do that. Many people have benefited greatly through PTA
How can I benefit?
The PTA provides opportunities
to meet and talk with other parents who have the same worries as you. Being
part of a group results in parental support and makes school involvement
easier. The PTA also provides educational opportunities at the local as
well as state level. The PTA will introduce you to a great variety of new
activities and opportunities to share your talents. No job is too big or
too small for PTA volunteers. Each job helps children, and each volunteer
strengthens the PTA.
National PTA provides many benefits
to local groups. Click
here to see some.
A note from National PTA President,
Lois Jean White:
National PTA is vigorous and vocal
in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools
in Europe and the Pacific and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While our 27,000
local PTAs usually operate within schools, we are independent of them and
of teachers’ unions. Our 6.5 million members tackle an array of concerns
from school violence to adequate funding for public education to child
health and welfare issues. We regularly are asked to provide testimony
and briefings on those issues in Congress and the White House and in state
legislatures nationwide. We host an annual Legislative Conference
to update our members on key legislation prior to their visits to Capitol
Hill. Through unwavering advocacy efforts, National PTA secured parent
involvement as one of the eight National Education Goals.
We provide a wealth of resources for
families and educators in our national magazine Our Children, on our web
site www.pta.org and through workshops
at our annual national convention. We have developed and distributed
the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs which are
rapidly being adopted by school districts across the county.
We welcome members who share our commitment
to children and are pleased to report that our membership is on the increase.
National PTA today is at the forefront of education and child welfare issues,
working hard to improve conditions for all of America's children.
What is the ACCPTA?