Why join the PTA? Words to Consider from a PTA Parent

I have been a member of a PTA off and on over the past 18 years. Some years I was very involved and other years not as much, but always a member. Why is it so important to be a member you may ask? I am helping my child. By helping my child, I am also helping my school. There are more advantages of being a  member:

  • Staying connected: There is no better way to find out what is going on within the school than through your PTA!
  • Discover great resources: The PTA offers a variety of resources, programs, and events for parents as well as students.
  • Involved in a network of parents and teachers: Being a part of PTA functions allows you to meet other parents and teachers, share your concerns or ideas, and build relationships within your school community.
  • Watch yourself grow: By volunteering at the school, you are putting your best foot forward and putting your ideas, skills, and hobbies to good use! Your child and the rest of the students are only improving by all the knowledge that volunteers bring with them!
  • Speaking up: Do you want a change in the school? Do you want your voice to be heard? Do you want state or district policy changed? The PTA is the BEST way for your voice to be heard!
  • Witness improvement: By becoming a part of the PTA and your child's education, you will be a part of the solution by helping make a positive change in the school. Be the change you want to see.
  • Be a role model: By becoming a PTA member, you are showing your child how much their education means to you!
  • Enjoy substantial benefits: PTA members can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA Membership including discounts and offers from local businesses, member benefit providers, and much more.

Many people think that being a PTA member means you have to do volunteer work at the school. Yes, we would love to have you volunteer at our events, but is NOT mandatory or expected! Just being a member helps your child and Meeker Elementary in a huge way!

Thank you to all those parents, grandparents, family, friends, and teachers who volunteer at Meeker and are already PTA members!

 

Why does it matter whether or not you join Meeker Elementary PTA?

First of all, it is important to understand that PTA is, above all else, an advocacy organization. In fact, the National PTA is the oldest child advocacy organization in the United States. PTA is responsible for many of the child-focused programs, laws, and guidelines that we as parents often take for granted. Consider this:

  • National PTA is responsible for public kindergarten, child labor laws, the juvenile justice system, seat belt laws, childhood immunizations, the school lunch program, and more.
  • Washington State PTA coined the term "preschool," helped secure the "simple majority" amendment to the state constitution in 2007, and played a leading role in securing the passage of major education reform efforts in Washington: House Bill 2261 (2009), House Bill 2776 and Senate Bill 6696 (2010).
  • Meeker Elementary PTA parents have testified before the state legislature, advocated for the addition of a lighted crosswalk to the school's 5th Street entrance (installed in 2015), negotiated with the school district to allow after-school programs and non-profit organizations to distribute flyers to students, organized phone banks and sign-waving for bond and levy votes, and ensured that parent representatives serve on all of the school committees alongside staff members.

What does this have to do with your membership? Meeker Elementary PTA's membership is its legislative voice. The more members our PTA has, the more voting delegates we get at the state level. Because of our increase in membership over the past three years, we have increased our representation at the state level from two delegates to three delegates - more than any other school in Puyallup. More voting delegates means more votes that support the interests of Meeker Elementary and its families.

Of course, your membership in Meeker Elementary PTA also supports our award-winning programs and events, and directly impacts the school and all of its students. These are just a few of the many reasons to join Meeker Elementary PTA today!