Boost Your Child's Educational Experience by Joining the PTA
August 8, 2018
By: Kelly Spors
Are you looking to be more involved in your child’s educational experience, and shape the future of schools in your community? Consider joining a parent-teacher organization, such as the PTA.
The National Parent Teacher Association, or PTA as it’s better known, is a nationwide network of parents, guardians, teachers, students, businesses and community liaisons who are devoted to the educational success of students. The organization was founded in 1897 by two mothers who convened a group of parents concerned about education in Washington, D.C. Today, over 120 years later, there are more than 24,000 PTA units nationwide. Most elementary schools and middle schools have a PTA, as do high schools and even some preschools. (You can find a PTA to join in your area here.)
A parent-teacher organization (called PTO) is essentially any similar group that’s not officially part of the national PTA organization, but has a similar mission of engaging parents and educators in school-related matters.
Why Join PTA or a PTO?
Whether you join a PTA or PTO, these groups give parents and guardians a voice and active role in their child’s educational experience. They participate in a vast range of initiatives in schools, from working to enrich the learning environment for students to raising money for school initiatives to increasing nutritional food options in the cafeteria. Many PTAs have subgroups or committees that oversee various aspects of their mission—so you can join a subgroup that aligns with your particular concern or interest.
Parents who join a PTA unit or PTO are likely to be far more engaged in their child’s education, as they can attend regular meetings where school issues are discussed as well as receive email updates.
Students also benefit when their parents get involved with their education. Various studies have shown that parental involvement increases a child’s grades and test scores while improving attendance and overall behavior.
How We Help Students—and Parents—Succeed
As part of Office Depot’s commitment to education, the company has teamed up with the National PTA by becoming a proud national sponsor. The company has also given more than $30 million in credits to schools through its Give Back to Our Schools Program.
As you think about helping your child succeed in school, consider joining your school’s PTA or PTO as one of the most impactful things you can do.
About the Author
Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering small business and entrepreneurship.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is” and neither the author nor Office Depot, Inc. warrant the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
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