PTSA - Parent Teacher Student Association
Any PTA may have student members. PTSAs are usually organized at the
secondary level and may have students serving on the board. PTSAs ensure that
all students are represented. You might say, PTSA is for all students. PTSAs can help promote all extra-curricular groups and ensure that families,
educators, students and the community have a way to come together.
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PTSAs provide student members with the vehicle to make a difference.
Students offer significant insight into the issues facing today’s teen. In
turn, adult members gain a new perspective for program development as well
as a better understanding of today's youth.
Through PTSA membership and
participation, students learn about advocacy, develop public speaking and
leadership skills, observe parliamentary procedure, improve their self
esteem and contribute to their school and community.
Membership provides the
opportunity to express opinions about the needs of the school and community
and to help select and plan programs. Students can receive volunteer hours
and give back to their community. Membership and involvement can enhance
students’ college applications.
When all ages work together for a common
goal, it adds value to family life, school district and, ultimately, the
Student Leadership Development
Many board, chair or
committee positions provide leadership opportunities for students that will
be beneficial when applying for college and/or employment and build
the ethic for volunteering and giving back to the community. These
positions will develop skills, such as participating and leading a meeting,
using parliamentary procedure, and working collaboratively. Listed below are
just a few possibilities.
Note: Careful consideration should be given prior
to election or appointment to positions requiring signing of contracts or
checks or handling of funds. Students’ skills, time availability and
talents should be matched with appropriate positions.
Ambassador/Greeter – welcome attendees at meetings, ushering at events
Reflections Chair – coordinate Reflections program and committee, encourage
student participation, recruit judges, obtain prizes and incentives from
area businesses, coordinate awards ceremony
Box Top Coordinator – count,
collect and coordinate shipping of box tops for fundraising
Chair – coordinate promotion of event and invitation to college
representatives and financial aid providers
Food, Clothes or School Supply
Drive Chair – organize and coordinate a drive
Historian – capture and
preserve the history of the association and the activities for the year
Membership Committee Member – develop a year-round membership recruiting
plan, create promotional messages for announcements at school, recruit
Student Representative – represent a particular grade level
or a leadership group within the school on the PTSA board
Webmaster – create
and maintain PTSA website