Durham PTAThe overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality,by engaging and empowering families and communities, to advocate for all children.
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What does it Mean to Be a PTA?
- 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 build close relationships between home and school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in the education of children and youth.
- To develop united efforts between educators and the general public to secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
- The PTA benefits everyone. Strong schools mean stronger communities. PTA membership is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
- The PTA improves children’s well-being. PTAs focus on what students need to be successful in their learning, including proper nutrition, safety, and healthy environments.
- The PTA keeps parents informed. Involved parents can understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. The PTA supports education through active participation and advocacy.
- The PTA can help schools fulfill parent involvement requirements mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act-No Child Left Behind Act (ESEA-NCLB). Why? Because the PTA definition of parent involvement is the definition used in ESEA-NCLB. Getting involved in the PTA is the best way to utilize parent involvement. More than 85 rigorous research studies conducted over 30 years show that the kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.