The first step to getting involved in PTA is to become a member! There are three basic avenues for personal membership in PTA.
- Join a Local PTA unit - Contact the Missouri PTA state office to find a PTA in your area.
- Join the Show Me PTA unit
- Organize a New PTA
Once you are a member, the opportunities for involvement are limitless. There is a place for everyone in PTA! Everyone must have the same goal – collaborating together to make decisions affecting children the best they can possibly be.
For more information on great ways to make a difference in your child's life through Parent Involvement, click on the following links:
- Our Children Magazine
- Every Child in Focus Campaign
- Military Alliance for Parents & Partners
- Parent Guides to Student Success
- Severe Allergies Video Series
- Family Engagement Strategies
- Get Involved
Be sure to also explore programs and other information for being an informed parent.
PARENTS – Parent involvement is critical to student success. When parents are involved
- Higher grades and test scores are the result
- Better attendance by students with involved parents
- More consistently completed homework
- Higher graduation rates, and greater enrollment in post secondary education
SCHOOL COMMUNITY – Administrators, faculty, and school boards are key to establishing and maintaining the environment for successful parent involvement programs. Communication and a willingness to listen are paramount to fostering mutual respect, support, and trust between the school community and parents. When the school community involves parents in collaborative efforts
- Site-based management teams are encouraged
- Parents attend meetings more often, and feel they have a voice in decision-making
- Policies affecting children are made at the local and district level by committees working together
- Communication and greater understanding is enhanced between the school community and parents
COMMUNITY AT LARGE – Groups in the community, not limited to the following, social service, city, and county agencies, religious and civic organizations, university and/or college service learning, corporations and businesses are all starting points for involvement. Remember, student's of today become tomorrow's employees and community members! When the community is involved
- Students gain skills and talents from surroundings and feel a sense of value to their community ;
- Develop positive relationships with adults other than parents and teachers;
- Parents develop connections with other families and community resources
- Gain awareness of the contributions from the community to the school;
- Communities form connections between businesses and future employees;
- Gain a greater sense of purpose by contributing their wisdom to students.