PTA

Bonsack Elementary has one of the most active PTAs in Roanoke County, improving the education of children and the lives of families.

Joining PTA helps provide the opportunity for individuals to raise their voices with others throughout the state and nation to protect children’s rights. Membership ensures that PTA’s voice is heard on issues affecting young people as well as providing opportunities for parent education, communication and leadership development.

Getting involved in PTA builds skills in leadership, communication and advocacy. Active members are a valuable community resource for starting and maintaining projects to benefit children. Here are a few reasons to join the PTA.

Membership is $5.00 per school year

In order to vote on the agenda, you must be a member and have paid the yearly dues. You can pay dues at an upcoming meeting, or information will be sent home with your child during the first week of school.

Membership Myth-busters

There are four major misconceptions about PTA membership. These falsehoods often prevent parents from joining an association that helps our children.

Myth #1: “Only moms and teachers need to join PTA.”

A strong, vibrant PTA needs the support of moms and dads, step-parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers and school staff, community members, and business leaders. Anyone who cares about children belongs in PTA. It is important that we all have a voice in the decision-making process relating to the laws and regulations – whether in the schools or government – that affect children.

Myth #2: “Joining PTA means I have to volunteer.”

You do not have to volunteer to be a member of PTA! PTA appreciates everyone’s membership, whether or not a member volunteers, because each member increases PTA’s ability to advocate for children.

Myth #3: “PTA membership never expires – I only have to join once.”

Each new school year begins a new PTA membership year. Membership cards are issued to each member who joins PTA as soon as dues are paid. Membership cards are for an annual membership and will remain valid until the end of the school year.

Myth #4: “I don’t have the time to join PTA.”

We understand your time is valuable. However, it’s your interest in children that counts. If you are not able to support the PTA with time, please become a member and give your financial support so that the children know that you support our efforts. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your support helps as we develop programs and activities that benefit not only your children, but all children.

RELATED LINKS:
View the PTA Bylaws
Meet the 2010-2011 PTA Board
PTA Meeting Schedule