Frequently Asked Questions about Joining PTA
Why should I join PTA?
PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. Being a member of PTA means that you are part of a powerful association and action plan that is focused on programs and initiatives that strengthen your child’s education.
PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. Join PTA for your child because increasing our membership, even by one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community.
Where does my money go when I pay membership dues?
Your membership dues connect you not only to the local PTA at Elizabeth Lane Elementary, but also to the North Carolina PTA and the National PTA organizations as well, as local units are required to remit dues to the state and national levels. PTA dues directly support your child. Locally, PTA dues help fund essential school resources and curriculum needs, including materials and equipment to support our specials classes, cultural arts programs, grants to every teacher for classroom supplies, and much more. PTA dues support advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. PTA dues support our work to strengthen connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families, and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.
Does PTA membership require volunteering and attending meetings?
The only thing required of you to be a member of PTA is to pay the annual membership dues. Beyond that, however you choose to PTA is up to you. PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. From volunteering at school events to participating in local, state and national advocacy efforts to holding PTA leadership roles – the level of involvement is up to you. There is no wrong way to PTA!
How much time do I have to commit to being a member of PTA?
Membership in PTA can involve as much or as little time as you have to offer. There is no wrong or right way to be involved – anything you can give, whether it’s time or money, will support your child’s potential.
Isn’t PTA a social club for stay-at-home moms?
First and foremost, PTA is for every family who has a child at the school. PTA is for moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents, teachers and the broader community! If you have a preschooler who will one day attend ELE, if your child has moved on to middle school or beyond, if you’ve decided to homeschool during COVID-19, or if you’re just interested in supporting the students and staff at ELE, we welcome you to be a part of the PTA.
While some of the work done by PTA may appear purely social – including family events like Hawkfest and Family Fun Night that are organized to strengthen the school community – much of PTA’s work focuses on funding essential school resources and curriculum needs, as well as advocating at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education.
How does PTA ensure it represents every child and family at the school?
We encourage every family in the school to become a PTA member to support the success of their child. We want a diverse membership base that reflects all of the families and needs of students at the school. PTA strengthens connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.
How does PTA impact my child?
- PTA provides materials to augment and enrich the curriculum provided by the school district, as well as technology for classrooms to enhance your child’s learning experience.
- PTA provides improvements to the school’s facilities and grounds. Recently, we’ve added new playground equipment, updated media center furniture, and installed automatic water bottle fillers at the school’s water fountains.
- PTA supports cultural arts assemblies as well as the DARE program for ELE’s 5th grade students.
- PTA provides materials and equipment to support ELE’s art, music, and physical education departments.
- PTA supports your child’s teachers by providing grants for classroom materials. PTA shows your child’s teachers we appreciate them in several different ways throughout the year.
- PTA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system and anti-child labor laws.