PTA Myths & Facts
Q: I was told only Parents & Teachers can join - is this true?
A: A strong PTA needs the support of all family members: moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as community individuals and businesses, teachers and other school staff.
Q: Joining the PTA means I have to attend meetings, become a board member, join a committee, or will get roped into volunteering. I just don’t have the time!
A: Most of us are juggling careers, work-from-home jobs, bills, chores, extra-curricular activities, homework and everyday life, just like you. We are fellow community members who simply want to support our children and our school. There are NO STRINGS ATTACHED with your membership! You are not required to attend meetings, nor join a committee, nor volunteer. But if you do choose to volunteer, it is solely up to you to decide how much time you want to commit. You can even do many tasks from the comfort of your own home!
Q: I had a bad experience with a PTA in the past. What makes you so different?
A: It happens, and it stinks when it does, but the one constant in our PTA is that things change – parents move on with their children, teachers and staff turn over every so often, and the PTA elects new leaders each year. In fact, there is a bylaw that states a person cannot hold the same executive board position for more than 2 years. Whatever caused your bad experience in the past, it likely can’t be duplicated now.
Q: Why does it cost money to join the PTA?
A: After buying school supplies and new clothes, plus annual school fees, the last thing people want to do is spend more money. Membership is $7 per person or 2 people for $12. This covers State and National PTA memberships, as well as administrative and other expenses needed to run a PTA at Denham Oaks. Most people don't see how much the PTA really does behind the scenes and are quite surprised when they realize that it’s actually like running a business.
Q: Speaking of money, why are there always so many Fundraisers and where does that money go?
A: Government educational budgets are tight, and although the PTA has different fundraisers than the main school, both are used for those little extras that can make a school go from good to great. All PTA members work together to decide where the money raised is most needed. For example, recent PTA funds have gone to purchasing Maintenance equipment to help keep the school grounds safe and clean, new books for the Media Center, organizing the 5th Grade Celebration, Family Fun Nights at local restaurants and putting together the new Spring Carnival.
Q: Those PTA moms know each other really well and are just a big clique.
A: Many of us do know each other as a result of working together on various projects, sometimes for a few months and sometimes for a few years, but we were once strangers with the same apprehensions too! If you get a friend to join with you, it might help alleviate some of your concerns. Of course, we can't guarantee that everyone will like each other and get along, but when we set aside those apprehensions knowing that everything is done for the sake of our children, those trivial aspects don't really matter in the long run.
Q: I have a great idea, but the PTA isn't interested.
A: New ideas are always welcomed and we strive to make sure most can come to fruition. In fact, we've executed several new ideas suggested by PTA members for the 2017-2018 school year, including: changing the Fall Festival to a Spring Carnival, holding our first annual Talent Show, opening an Online School Spirit Store and revamping our monthly Newsletter! We are constantly looking for ways to modernize the traditional aspects of our PTA and have an open door policy for any comments, concerns, and suggestions you may have to offer!
Q: My child's school life will be the same whether or not I join the PTA. Why should I join?
A: Not only does membership put you in direct communication with other parents, teachers and staff, but it shows your child that you are interested and invested in their educational experience. Although occasionally embarrassed, our kids love us being involved because it makes them feel involved as well. We are here for the children. Not just our own kids, but for each and every child that attends Denham Oaks!
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