We are a stronger community when all families join and actively participate in the PTA. The PTA is a great way for parents, teachers and staff to enrich the experience of all our students. A membership to the PTA costs $25 per family.
Membership dues account for less than 15% of our annual budget and we ask families to consider making a donation to help us fill the gap. However, please select an amount that works best for your family, and remember there are lots of ways to support the PTA — either financially or by donating your time or expertise.
Remember, the CGES PTA is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your donation may be tax-deductible. Please consider the PTA as part of your charitable giving.
Why Join the PTA?
With schools facing challenges like shrinking budgets and lack of educational equity, PTA is more important than ever.
Be a part of a powerful association that can advocate on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels.
10 Reasons You Belong in PTA
❶ Amplify your voice. PTA trains parents to advocate for children by taking actions and building coalitions that make positive change. Through PTA, you are informed about what you can do to affect local, state and federal policies that most impact children, families and schools.
❷ Have fun and meet new people! Show your passion while making new lifelong friends from across your community, state and country that share your commitment to children.
❸ Save time and effectively run your PTA. Use the Local PTA Leader Kit and an array of eLearning courses full of best practices and downloadable tools to help you lead your PTA and manage finances, grow membership, plan programs, fundraise, communicate with families and partner with school administrators to advocate for school improvements.
❹ Access resources and grants for your family engagement efforts. Apply for funds or choose from an extensive collection of guides and digital tools for parents, including topics such as college and career preparation, child safety, navigating special needs and much more.
❺ Participate in PTA’s nationally-recognized student and family programs. Encourage students to explore the arts through Reflections, the nations largest and longest running student arts program. Use PTA’s program kits and apply for grants to engage families in health and safety, literacy, bullying prevention, digital safety and STEM.
❻ Gain recognition and national visibility for improving your school. Participate in National PTA’s School of Excellence program to strengthen your family-school partnership by engaging families in supporting student success and continuous school improvement. Earn national recognition that is celebrated at your school, in your district and across your state.
❼ Share timely parenting info. Our premier publication, Our Children Magazine, was created for the parent who’s always on the go and looking for the best parenting, wellness, education and PTA community info to help their child excel at school and in life. Share these and even hotter topics from our weekly digital publication PTA Weekend Update. If parents should know it, we cover it!
❾ Transform parent leadership into professional development. Increase your impact, visibility and connections by taking a leadership role on PTA boards in your state—or with National PTA. We support you every step of the way with in-person, mobile and digital learning experiences, as well as mentors who become your champions for life.
❿ Create the village that helps to raise kids and strengthen schools and communities. PTA believes we can make every child’s potential a reality—but we need more believers. We need you.
What can you do?
More than 30 years of research has proven that children do better when their parents are involved both at home and in school. Grades are higher. Test scores rise. Self-esteem grows. Schools improve.