Thursday, September 24, 2009

Will you join PTA?

I wrote this for tonight's Open House to encourage parents to join PTA. Would you join if you heard a speech like this?

Good evening! The PTA would like to welcome you to O'Connell school open house. It's nice to see so many families here. And what that tells me is that you care about your children and their education.

More than thirty years of research shows that children do better when their parents and families are involved at home and at school. Grades are higher. Test scores rise. Self esteem grows. Schools improve. Because you are here tonight that shows you already know that.

To stay involved we would like to ask everyone to join PTA. It's just $5 per person to join and it will keep you connected in the school so you know what's happening. It will give you great resources. You will have a network of support with the parents and teachers of this school which you can share ideas, concerns, and experiences with. You can grow as a parent and be a role model for your children in showing them you value their education. And you can enjoy many member benefits including discounts and offers from sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters, and much much more.

So please stop by the PTA table before you leave to join PTA and sign up to volunteer for an upcoming event. You will not regret it and your children will thank you for it.