The Power of PTA Volunteers

Thank you to the California PTA volunteers contributed more than 18 million hours in service to their schools, classrooms and communities in 2011-12.

It’s that time of the year when I am reminded again of the power of PTA volunteers.

Our friends and neighbors, who squeeze precious time out of their busy schedules to help their schools, and by doing this help create strong communities and strong schools.

It is those folks who plan the annual holiday lunch for teachers and post information on the PTA website. They help with student field trips and assist in the classroom.

Thank you to all who volunteer.

Thank you to those who support our teachers, promote more parent engagement, and host a college night.

Thank you to everyone who organizes the fundraiser or serves as an officer and takes care of the day-to-day needs of their school’s PTA.

Thank you for providing the scholarship programs and awards for students and support for arts in our schools.

Thank you to the PTA volunteers who provide funding and support of books and library materials for students in juvenile probation camps.

Thank you to the PTAs that operate a low cost health, vision and medical clinics and referral programs, serving school children in Central and East Los Angeles, San Pedro, and the San Fernando Valley.

Thank you to those in Sacramento, who provide a Children’s Clothes Closet that assists students and their families with "gently-used" and new clothing items.

Thank you to everyone throughout California who in your own way has helped a child. 


Here are some more ideas on how you can be involved and help our children and our schools.

100 ways to help your child and school succeed (pdf)

Cien formas de ayuda a su hijo y a la escuela a tener exito

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Charles Ferrell December 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I want to add PTA volunteers to all those who volunteer their time, energy, expertise and more to public service throughout our communities. Without school, fire, police, library and other volunteers, our public agencies wouldn't be nearly as able to provide the services they do to our communities. When you hear about folks "paying their fair share" to help their communities and their nation, please don't forget those who volunteer their time, their very valuable time, as they help "pay their fair share," or in many instances, pay far more than their "fair share" to help their communities. I would include all volunteers to their cities, churches, scouting, youth sports, schools, through service clubs, serving on appointed boards and commissions, or just showing up and doing what they can. I give a real shout-out to all volunteers. It may appear as if you are doing it for nothing -- yes, that is the amount you receive in monetary compensation for your volunteerism -- but although you are giving a lot and not getting money in return, you are getting far more back through the warm feelings that penetrate your heart and soul. You are making a difference.
The Merry One December 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Thank you, Carol! PTAs (and PTSAs) often get a bad rap but when the school districts are in dire straights, unable to fund many and varied projects and activities within their own budgets, they come to the PTAs for assistance. Last year, our PTSA donated over $200k to our district to save student programs.
Doug Smith, LASD Trustee December 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I'll second that (or third, or fourth). Here in LASD we are incredibly fortunate to have PTA's that provide countless volunteer hours, raise much needed funds, and partner with our staff in educating our children. Thanks to all those who volunteer to organize the walkabouts, find donations for the auctions, coordinate the Halloween parties, and generally make sure our kids always have what they need. Thank you all for your service to our kids.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Hi Chris. Which blog was removed?
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 07:15 AM
That was the most recent blog. I didn't realize it had been taken down. Thanks for sending it.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Hi Chris. It looks like the blog is back up. Maybe it was some sort of glitch. Anyway, just letting you know. Take care!


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