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Parent and Teacher Association

If you've gone to public schools in the United States of America, you have most likely heard of the Parent and Teacher Association. The organization is known to be the right hand of a school providing numerous benefits. But do you really know how beneficial the PTA is to a school system?

The PTA is a nonprofit that strives to be a voice for children, resource to families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. It is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America comprised of over four million members.

A major part of the PTA's focus is on children's well‐being. They seek to determine what children need to be successful in their learning. This includes child nutrition, health, school safety, physical fitness, and their general well‐being. They advocate for governmental change on the federal legislative level. They educate parents on available resources, family engagement, student success, college and career readiness, and other relevant educational content.

So what are some benefits for parents that join the PTA? First and foremost, studies have shown that children get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems when parents are involved in their school.

Networking is another benefit. You'll meet other parents where you can share experiences, concerns, and not to mention potential career connections.

You will be able to share your voice, skills, and be a part of the solution. Schools want to know what parents think and how they can work together toward overall improvement.

To learn how you can contribute and gain access to the benefits of the PTA, visit the North Carolina PTA website at ncpta.org or contact your school's main office.