Many schools have a PTA, Parents Association or Friends of… Group. They are a great way of getting to know other families and staff whilst making a real contribution to the quality of school life for all.
Whilst fund-raising is a major part of a PTA's activities and directly contributes to the improvement of the school, there's a lot more to it than that. PTAs provide a great way to build the whole school community, including links with the wider society, all of which benefits the school and offers a positive influence within the local area.
In a nutshell, PTA members also provide a willing workforce for the school when extra hands are needed, hold social events to bond the school community, run extra-curricular clubs for children and adults, and support parents through times of change. Members are knowledgeable about the school and enthuse about it to enhance its reputation to the wider community. The varied work means there's something for everyone - it's not just about being on the committee.
Children love seeing their parents in school. You can benefit them, improve their educational environment and make friends too.
If your school doesn't have a PTA, here's more information about starting up and joining Parentkind.
Here's what one of our members said:
“I was new to the area and a bit overwhelmed with the prospect of my daughter starting school. I took the plunge by volunteering to be the PTA reception class rep. It’s been a great way of building my confidence and meeting new friends. The PTA socials are surprisingly good fun and working with other mums and dads to improve the school playground equipment is really satisfying. My advice – do it!”
If you still aren't convinced, read our blog - Why I took the PTA plunge.