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PTAs seek members as school year begins

September 06, 2011|By Edna Karinski

For PTAs the beginning of a school year heralds in membership and fundraising drives. Parents, teachers, students and community members are invited to join as strong membership supports efforts in improving the education and lives of children.

Toward this end, the National PTA has a new social network called the Great Idea Bank that enables interaction and education on how to overcome the challenges of parenting today. The network’s discussion forum lists such things as money-saving tips, ideas on how to be a more involved parent, and creative and fun activities to share with your children as just some of the topics at your fingertips. PTA leaders can also find tips to run PTAs more effectively. Access www.ptaideabank.org to begin learning and sharing.

Glendale High School

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Wilson Middle School

The PTSA membership drive is currently underway and Membership Chair Dina Calis reports that Wilson is off to a roaring start. The school hopes to surpass 600 members. Membership is only $6 and helps to fund school events and local advocacy efforts. The Fall Gift Wrap campaign will also kick off in a couple of weeks and PTSA President Laura Keen encourages all families to participate by purchasing at least one item. Adds Historian Linda Guzik, the monies raised during this fundraiser directly support Wilson and its students.

Verdugo Woodlands Elementary

Principal Janet Buhl shares preliminary results from Verdugo Woodlands’ 2011 Star tests indicating that its students continue to meet growth based on the Academic Performance Index (API).

Lori Tsaparian, PTA president, welcomes new and returning families and urges everyone to become a PTA member. She outlines that membership gives you a voice on PTA issues, funds for PTA sponsored events, parent education resources, and influence on legislation and policies.

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