Health, Welfare, Safety and Education For Our Kids

What is a PTSA?
A PTSA unit is a local, self-governing membership association whose main purpose is to promote the health, welfare, safety and education of children and youth in the home, school, community, and place of worship.  PTSAs traditionally work within a school community, although there are examples of non school based PTSAs working for children in other settings.

Why Join a PTSA?
PTSA is the only group whose exclusive interest is the health, welfare, safety and education of your children.  Children cannot vote and do not participate in the legislative process.  Thus, they have no say in creating the policies that affect their lives and well-being.  PTSA allows you to speak for the interest of your children when you cannot be there yourself.  Whether in Washington DC, Olympia, or in your own city government offices, everywhere decisions are made that affect your children.  PTSA is speaking on behalf of your children.  This has always been and will always be a central focus of PTSA.

Perhaps most importantly, though, your membership in PTSA has a direct impact on your children and the quality of their school.  PTSA has the ability, more than any other organization, to make a school a better place for your children to learn.  PTSAs do this by addressing the needs of their individual schools.  By becoming a PTSA member, you can help identify those needs and develop solutions that may include making the school safer, becoming more technologically advanced, being more tolerant to others' differences, and bringing enriched educational opportunities to the school.  

How do PTSAs Help Kids?
PTSA's mission is "Building a Better World for Children."  Here are some examples of how individual PTSAs from around the state are fulfilling that mission in their own communities:   

Providing enrichment programs for children.  PTSAs offer enrichment opportunities for children, including after school tutoring, foreign language classes, career days, and more.  Because each PTSA chooses its own enrichment programs based on the needs of their community, there are as many different enrichment opportunities provided by PTSAs as there are individual PTSAs in this state.

Providing parenting classes for their community.  Many PTSAs provide parenting education in conjunction with their meetings, including such topics as parent involvement in education, understanding learning styles, building children's self-esteem, helping your child succeed in school, and youth violence prevention.

Influencing legislation on behalf of children.  Some PTSAs advocate for local issues that affect the children in their community.  In the past, individual PTSAs have advocated for increased pedestrian safety laws and safer yard maintenance at school, just to name a few topics.

Making the school a better place to learn.  PTSAs have purchased and donated computers, playground equipment, and volunteered countless hours in the classroom and in conjunction with programs and activities.     

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