What is the PTA?
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the nation’s largest child advocacy organization. It is a non-profit organization that is organized at the National, State and Local level and run entirely by volunteers. Our local PTA provides many educational and social programs to benefit Brookridge Elementary students and families as well as to support teachers in the classroom.
What does the PTA do?
We coordinate events like the annual Trivia Night & Auction Fundraiser to enhance our children’s education and experience at Brookridge Elementary. We rely on the support of our community to make these events the best possible for our children. Please consider volunteering—even if you can only help with one event it can make a huge difference. All that we do contributes to a happier, well-rounded experience for our children. Help us to help your student too. Together, we make a great difference.
Why should I join the PTA?
Join for your child! It’s all about them—enhancing their experience and education at Brookridge. The school can only do so much with the funds it has so we supplement, enhance and advocate where necessary. Joining the PTA is a great way to stay informed, be involved, and meet other parents that share your experiences, concerns, and goals.
If I join the PTA, do I have to volunteer?
No. While we depend on volunteers to run our programs and we greatly appreciate their time, we understand that not everybody has the time to donate. By joining, your membership dues help support our programs and help give the State and National PTA’s a stronger voice when they support legislation that benefits our children.
How do I join the PTA and what is the cost?
Visit our membership page, you can join online or download our form and return to school. Membership is $10/yr for each family.
What happens to the dues we pay for PTA?
$3.75 per membership goes to the National PTA. $1.75 per membership goes to the Kansas PTA. The remaining $4.50 of each membership is added to the Brookridge PTA budget to support our mission.
May I attend PTA events if I don’t join?
Yes. While we hope you do join the PTA to support our mission, all our welcome. However, you will not be eligible for the discounted rates on tickets where applicable. PTA membership provides more benefits and opportunities throughout the year that we hope you will utilize.
How do I become involved in a committee?
Do I have to come to school to volunteer?
Not necessarily, there are tasks you can do at home to help. (Examples: putting packets together, coordinating projects by making calls etc.)
Can I only volunteer once in a while without being pressured to volunteer for future events?
Absolutely! We do not pressure anyone into volunteering and that is a promise! You can volunteer as much or as little as you desire. We appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. We are thankful for your 5 minutes or your 50 minutes. We may ask you to volunteer for another event, but it’s perfectly okay to say “No”. If everyone does a little, it goes a long way.
Can I volunteer for more than one committee?
Absolutely! You can volunteer for a part of a committee, all of a committee or many committees.
What procedure must I follow to become a volunteer with the PTA?
You must be a member and take volunteer training online which includes a background check.
Who do I contact to volunteer?
Any PTA member or visit our Contact Us page.
When and where are the PTA Meetings?
We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30p.m. in the school library.
Who comes to the PTA Board meetings?
Board members are the Chairpersons of our standing committees, plus the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), the Faculty Representative and the Principal.
All are welcome at all PTA meetings; however, at a Board meeting only the board members are allowed to vote on any issues/questions brought before the board. Non-board members are welcome to bring questions at any meeting.
What is a General PTA Meeting?
A General meeting is open to all. Non-members may attend but are unable to vote on any issues/questions.
What happens at the PTA meetings?
The PTA performs many functions within the school community. Each project needs a leader (and hopefully has one). This is the time that the leaders come together to share their plans, ideas and questions. Leaders present his/her business as it comes active and solicits questions and/or concerns from the membership. Votes are called upon and executed as required to proceed in our slated business.
Can I volunteer even if I am unable to come to the meetings?
Yes, but we do ask you to attend the meetings when possible. Attendance numbers are needed in order to make decisions and proceed with business. Your input is necessary to our mission.
How does the PTA raise money?
Our money comes from Membership, fundraisers and donations from families and local businesses.
What does the PTA do with the funds raised?
All of our fundraising projects are to fund a specific purpose. There is no fundraising done just to have money in our account. Some funds do go to our General fund but every penny is dedicated to a specific purpose.
How do I contact the PTA with questions?