As the largest child advocacy association in the United States, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA®) speaks on behalf of every child on such important issues as education, health, and safety. PTA volunteers provide countless hours of service to their schools and communities to help students succeed and to help children and families grow.
McWhirter PTA Does
- Support the educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school.
- Encourage parents’ involvement in their individual children’s lives, education, class, and school.
- Provide feedback and suggestions for school programs
- Coordinate programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum.
- Encourage/fund the increased exposure of students to technology.
- Provide feedback/assist with increased awareness of school safety and security issues.
- Organize fundraising efforts to support some additional programs, equipment, and services not covered in the school budget.
- Support the educational goals of the school and assist with attaining those goals through parent and community volunteerism.
- Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts to staff PTA functions and assist with school programs.
- Stay aware of legislation and political issues that may impact education and schools.
McWhirter PTA DOES NOT
- Run the school.
- Force parents to participate in PTA and/or school activities
- Set policy regarding school programs.
- Define the school’s curriculum.
- Dictate the technology platforms and/or software used by the school.
- Define or interfere with the school’s security program and policies.
- Control the school’s budget.
- Set the educational goals, testing requirements, or compliance factors.
- Have jurisdiction or authority over school staff, teachers, and other employees.
- Endorse a particular political candidate or commercial concern.
PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.