- Joining the PTA commits you to nothing. Your yearly dues do not mean you'll have to spend hours baking cookies, working open house, banging erasers (I'm showing my age), or any other work you may fear. In fact, you need do nothing more for the PTA. Of course, that doesn't mean we wouldn't love to have your help.
- The money raised by dues and PTA fundraisers does go toward great things for your school. My daughter's school managed to raise funds for and build an incredibly nin less than five years with fundraiser, as well as provide money for many beneficial programs and supplies for the school.
- Your time commitment is up to you. See number one. The reality is that simply volunteering one or two hours for the PTA during open house, fall festival, or other events will be a bigger help than you can ever imagine. Many PTA events are staffed and run by a very small but dedicated group of parents. Every parent who helps, even for a little bit, is less burden on these parents. We're nice people, and most of us won't bite.
- You'll be proud of what you've helped do. Although I played only a small part, I know that my efforts to raise money and handiwork with a rake helped install the landscaping and playground equipment that kids will be playing on for years to come.
- We need you. Even if it's your five or ten dollars in dues, your money goes toward supporting a good cause and making your child's school a better place.
JOIN THE PTA! Except for "help me with my algebra", nothing seems to strike fear into parents more than these words. As someone who was a PTA board member at Farmer Elementary School for three years, I can speak to the fact that many parents get a bit worried when they see you coming. I'd like to help allay those fears today by sharing some things you should know before you go running in the other direction.
About Rob Mattheu
I created the Louisville BEAT to help JCPS parents become more informed and involved in the school system. You can contact me here.