Get Involved

There are three ways to become a member and get involved in PTA:

  1. Join a Local PTA unit – Contact the Kansas PTA State Office to find a PTA in your area or visit the National PTA Locator Site
  2. Join the Kansas PTA Golden Oaks State Unit PTA. Membership Paper Form /Online Membership Form
  3. Organize a new PTA in your school or community. Please contact the Kansas PTA State Office for information on starting a new unit.

 

Once you're a member, the opportunities for involvement are endless. There is a place for everyone in PTA! PTAs have the same goal – working for quality education and the health, safety, and wellness of each child.

 

Parents

Parent involvement is critical to student success. When parents are involved:

  • Higher grades and test scores are achieved
  • Better attendance
  • Consistently completed homework
  • Higher graduation rates
  • Greater enrollment in postsecondary education

 

The 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
  • Parents 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

 

The 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, students of today become the employees, community members and leaders of tomorrow!

  • 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