Dieringer and PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association)

Dieringer has a PTSA group at each school. You can go to their websites by clicking on the links above.

What is a PTA?

A PTA unit is a local, self-governing membership association whose main purpose is to promote the health, welfare, safety and education of children and youth in the home, school, community, and place of worship. PTAs traditionally work within a school community, although there are examples of non school based PTAs working for children in other settings.

Why Join a PTA?

One important reason to join PTA is that PTA is the only group whose exclusive interest is the health, welfare, safety and education of your children. Children cannot vote, and are not organized and do not participate in the legislative process. Thus, they have no say in creating the policies that affect their lives and well-being. PTA allows you to speak for the interest of your children when you cannot be there yourself. Whether in Washington DC, Olympia, or in your own city government offices -- everywhere decisions are made that affect your children, PTA is there speaking on behalf of your children. This has always been and will always be a central focus of PTA. In 1937, PTA was advocating for child labor laws. Today the issues are equally important for our children -- internet safety, youth violence, levy/bond election, education reform, school class size and many more.

Another compelling reason to join your local PTA unit is that every study ever conducted on the relationship between student performance and parent involvement in education shows that when parents are involved in education, student academic performance improves. Involvement in PTA allows you not only to be involved in your child's education, but also allows you to get to know their teachers better and become more familiar with the school and what goes on there. It also allows you to get to know the parents of your children's classmates better. Even if you don't have a great deal of time to devote to PTA activities, by becoming a member and attending meetings you are showing your children that you believe their school and their education is important.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, your membership in PTA has a direct impact on your children and the quality of their school. PTA has the ability, more than any other organization, to make a school a better place for your children to learn. PTAs do this by addressing the needs of their inpidual schools. By becoming a PTA member, you can help identify those needs and develop solutions that may include: making the school safer, becoming more technologically advanced, being more tolerant to others' differences, and bringing enriched educational opportunities to the school.


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