About Our PTA
What Is PTA?
The Sope Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Association is a local unit of the National PTA, the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. At the local level, our role is to create strong working relationships among parents, teachers and schools, in support of students. At higher levels PTA organizations advocate on behalf of our students to local (city/county), state and national governments.
The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages:
- Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
- Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
- Tap into a Network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
- Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.
- Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
- Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.
- Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
- Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.
To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations to make decisions affecting children.To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children.To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation. Every Child, One Voice.
PROMOTE the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
SECURE adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
RAISE the standards of home life.
BRING into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
DEVELOP between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual development.
Internally, our local unit is governed by an Executive Committee. Our Executive Committee is comprised of:
- Elected Officers: Co-Presidents, Co-Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer
- School Principal and Assistant Principals
Each school year the Executive Committee will assign volunteers to a set of Standing Committees. These are year-long committees such as Communications, Legislation & Advocacy, and Membership. The chairpersons of these Standing Committees, along with the Executive Committee, comprise the Board of Directors.
In addition, the Executive Committee will assign volunteers to a set of Special Committees, committees that are organized for a short time, typically to coordinate a single event such as Meet & Greet or Octoberfest.
Each local unit (school) PTA reports up to a council, district, state and ultimately to the National PTA. Our reporting hierarchy is as follows:
|Local Unit||Sope Creek Elementary PTA - Local Unit 1891|
|Council||East Cobb County Council of PTAs ("ECCC")|
|District||District 9 PTA|