If you strip away all that you’ve heard about when, where, and how to recruit PTA members, you may still find yourself grappling with the question of WHY? Why does it matter? The answer is this:
Our power lies in our collective voice.
As a member of your local PTA, you also belong to National PTA, the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country. Since it was founded in 1897, National PTA has been responsible for the establishment of programs and the passage of legislation for many things we all take for granted today, such as public kindergarten, child labor laws, the public health service, juvenile justice system, hot lunches in schools, mandatory immunizations, and school bus safety regulations. Don’t forget PTA’s impact on arts in schools: Reflections is the oldest and largest children’s arts program in the country. And many people don’t realize that “Teacher Appreciation Week” is actually a National PTA program started back in 1984!
National PTA’s impact on the American landscape is significant and ongoing. But how in the world can a group of volunteers drive such sweeping changes? Through PTA membership. When you become a PTA member, you demonstrate your support for the work of National PTA on behalf of all children. You allow your voice to be added to the voices of nearly four million other members and, together, that “collective voice” enables National PTA to more successfully advocate for the next generation.
But it’s not just at a national level. Here in our state, we are all part of Florida PTA (FLPTA), which was also founded almost one hundred years ago, in 1923. Florida PTA is the largest statewide volunteer association working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. Florida PTA is made up of approximately 1,450 local units with more than 300,000 Florida members seeking to unite home, school and community for all children. And today, all of these years later, FLPTA remains a powerful advocate for all children.
Finally, at the heart of it all is your local PTA. Membership is your collective voice. When people become members of your local PTA, they are demonstrating their support for the work you do, and they are adding their voice to the mission you represent. The louder your voice (the more members you have), the more likely your PTA is to literally and figuratively get “a seat at the table.” In your city, in your school district, in your school building. Whether there’s a complicated issue that needs solving or a great new opportunity for students, a PTA with a strong collective voice is part of the decision-making process.
That is PTA Power. And that is why membership matters.
We are excited to announce that Florida PTA has teamed up with MemberHub! Memberhub, an online tool designed to help you run your PTA, will be provided to all local units free of charge!
MemberHub is a tool that makes it easier to run the PTA — engaging families, raising funds, and staying in good standing.
For more info, http://www.pccpta.org/memberhub-resources.html
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