Our main goal this year is to exceed the number of PTA memberships from previous years, in order to better plan events and activities that will benefit the students at Howard Tanner academically and to help demonstrate good citizenship.
Here is some information about the importance of the school PTA from the National PTA website: http://www.pta.org/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3291
- Leverage Volunteer Power. PTA organizes hard-working, dedicated volunteers. Parents are ready to help implement school improvement programs.
- Improve Communication. PTAs frequently coordinate production of a school newsletter and information fliers, keeping the entire school community informed of current events, issues, and accomplishments. Regular meetings allow PTAs to share information with members.
- See Measurable Results. More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.
- Discover More Dollars. Local PTAs are self-funding. By inviting the entire school’s parent community to join, they generate membership fees to pay for programs. Local PTA fundraisers support school programs, building improvements, and educational events.
- Tap into Proven Programs. Local PTAs have access to ready-made, easy-to-use programs with proven success records. From health and safety topics, to collaborating with teachers and community members, to fundraising, the programs get results.
- Boost Children’s Well-Being. PTAs focus on what students need to be successful in their learning, including nutrition, health, school safety, physical fitness and general well-being. PTA works with schools to ensure that children succeed.
- Enjoy Informed Parents. Involved parents understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. By developing a closer relationship with parents, student achievement improves, and the school develops a positive reputation in the community.
- Fulfill NCLB Obligations. Finally, PTAs can help schools fulfill the parent involvement requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act. PTA understands the needs behind NCLB. In fact, it’s PTA’s definition of parent involvement that is used in NCLB.
Howard Tanner has a Parent Center that allows parents and PTA members to plan events and help out students and teachers.
The PTA will hold monthly meetings to plan events that will benefit both the students and the school.
Some ideas that have resulted from the PTA meeting are the following:
- Promote PTA memberships by passing out flyers to parents during Back to School Night.
- Hold recycling events twice a month every two weeks
- Chocolate fundraising
- Set dates for selling food, cooperate in completing small projects, and fundraising for movie nights.
A special thanks to Howard Tanner’s teachers for allowing each of our children to grow as individuals; we are confident that with the support of each parent our children will continue to succeed.