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PTA is the best way to help your schools

As Fort Wayne Community Schools holds registration today and Monday, PTA leaders are getting ready to “make the ask.” It's time to help the schools in our community. Our leaders work hard volunteering to make things better for students, families and staff. Registration is the No. 1 time to get PTA members, so check out these reasons why you should sign up.

According to National PTA, theNo. 1 reason to join is to benefit your child. You also help your school. But there are many more 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, build rapport and discuss issues that are on your mind.

Watch yourself grow. You put your skills and hobbies to use for your child and all children in the community.

Speak up. PTA can be a way to more effectively suggest change at your child's school.

Witness improvement. You'll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs and social events.

Be a role model. You'll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

Enjoy substantial benefits.

Family engagement is critical to the success of our schools. Now is the time to get involved. Stop by the PTA table at your school and take that first step.

KATHIE GREEN

Indiana PTA Northeast Region vice president

Fort Wayne

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