This page outlines answers to some of the top questions surrounding PTA membership.
Why should I join PTA?
PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. Being a member of PTA means that you are part of a powerful association and action plan that is focused on programs and initiatives that strengthen your child’s education.
PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. Join PTA for your child because increasing our membership, even by one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community. PTA for your child!
Where does my money go when I pay membership dues?
PTA dues directly support your child. PTA dues help fund essential school resources and curriculum needs, including our yearly cultural arts assemblies, different after school clubs. It also funds such programs as our Birthday Books for all students, Home Folders for every student, a 6th Grade Celebration for all outgoing 6th graders and organizes many community events such as our beloved Family Fun Fair and Breakfast with Santa to strengthen connections between students, families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone at Nerge. Invest for your child!
Does PTA membership require volunteering and attending meetings?
The only thing required of you to be a member of PTA is to pay the annual membership dues. Beyond that, however you choose to PTA is up to you. PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. From volunteering at school events to participating in local, state and national advocacy efforts to holding PTA leadership roles – the level of involvement is up to you. There is no wrong way to PTA!
How much time do I have to commit to being a member of PTA?
Membership in PTA can involve as much or as little time as you have to offer. There is no wrong or right way to be involved – anything you can give, whether it’s time or money, will support your child’s potential. Volunteer for your child!
Isn’t PTA a social club for stay-at-home moms?
First and foremost, PTA is for every family who has a child at the school. PTA is for moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents, teachers and the broader community! While some of the work done by PTA may appear purely social – including family events like our Family Fun Fair and Breakfast with Santa that are organized to strengthen the school community – much of PTA’s work focuses on funding essential school resources and curriculum needs, as well as advocating at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. Connect for your child!
How does PTA ensure it represents every child and family at the school?
We encourage every family in the school to become a PTA member to support the success of their child. We want a diverse membership base that reflects all of the families and needs of students at our school. PTA strengthens connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone. Join for your child!
How does PTA impact my child?
PTA offers our Nerge students a variety of enrichment programs like our yearly cultural arts assemblies; sponsors different after school clubs; provides Assignment Notebooks for every student in 2nd through 6th grade and Home Folders for every student in Kindergarten through 1st grade; gives every student a book in honor of their birthday to promote literacy; sponsors a yearly celebration for all outgoing 6th graders and organizes many community events to strengthen connections between students, families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone at Nerge.
PTA funds the nation's largest and longest running student arts program, Reflections®, which provides students access to arts, music, literature, dance, drama and visual arts.
PTA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system and anti-child labor laws. Champion for your child!
How do you advocate at the national, state and local levels and why is it important to my child?
PTA is active at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. During the past 120 years, PTA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system, and anti-child labor laws. PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in America, comprised of over 22,000 local PTAs and nearly 3.5 million members. PTA's strength is in its numbers! We invite you to join our PTA today and PTA for your child!
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