PTA Welcome Letter for the 2017-2018 School Year WHAT DOES THE CROCKER HIGHLANDS PTA DO? The Crocker Highlands Parent Teacher Association (PTA) works with the Principal, teacher representatives, and the parent members to ensure the delivery of high-quality programs that enhance each child’s education. It is solely responsible for funding three enrichment programs: physical education, vocal music, and computer instruction, as well as the library aide. In addition to the professional staff it hires, the PTA’s Program Team organizes many different activities, events, and teams including: · After School Activities · Spaghetti Feed (hosted by the Dads’ Club) · School Website · Student Directory · Book Fair · Craft Fair · Room Parents · Volunteer Coordinator · Traffic Coordinator · Equity Committee · Children’s Advocacy Group WHERE DO THE PTA FUNDS COME FROM? To deliver the roughly $180,000 budget that our staff and programs require, our Fundraising Team oversees seven principal fundraisers. We also raise funds by participating in the eScrip and General Mills’ ”Box Tops for Education” programs. Crocker Highlands’ main fundraisers are: · Auction · Walkathon · Annual Giving Campaign · School-wide Raffle · Carnival · Home & Garden Tour (Fall 2007) For more information about PTA fundraising, go to our Fundraising page. WHERE DOES THE PTA MONEY GO? The Crocker Highlands PTA funds: · Physical Education · Vocal Music instruction · Computer instruction · Library Aide position · Other activities and purchases WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE PTA? PTA Membership: · Benefits your child and the school. Research has proven that kids do better in school when parents are involved. Grades are higher, test scores improve, and attendance increases. · Connects you to a network. The PTA and its functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, build rapport, and discuss ideas. · Means more informed parents. Parents involved in the PTA understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. They support improving education – both locally and legislatively – and as a result, schools develop a positive reputation in the community. · Boosts children’s well-being. PTAs focus on what students need inn order to be successful in school, including the benefits of good nutrition and health, physical fitness, school safety – even starting the day with a nutritious breakfast. · Gets you connected and gives you a voice. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school than by being part of the PTA. Because the PTA is a forum for exchanging ideas, you are encouraged to make suggestions, and in this way, more effectively create change at your school. · Improves your skills. By volunteering with the PTA, you gain valuable experiences. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use for a great cause! · Results in school improvement. PTAs play an important role in fundraising, which provides building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events – all vital to a school’s success. · Makes you a good role model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child(ren) the importance you place on education.