PTA isn't so much a thing; it's what people do.  And it only exists because of the active efforts of lots of school staff, families, and other volunteers.  So we asked current members, "why do you PTA?" Read their answers here and find out why they chose to get involved (and stay involved!) with PTA.

Janet Huie

posted Oct 22, 2013, 7:17 PM by Enfield Elementary PTA   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 7:23 AM ]

Past Offices:
PTA President (2012-2014); Vice President (2011-2012); Treasurer (2009-2011)
Favorite PTA Activity:
Tie: Helping out on picture day ("so much fun to help kids feel comfortable in front of the camera!") and hearing from the teachers [at PTA meetings] about what's going on in the classroom.
Enfield family since:
Day job:
Director of R&D at a small biomedical company.

In her own words:


I PTA because at the meetings I find out what is really going on in the school – what new programs are happening, what teachers think about them, what the district is up to, what the parents think, and what their children are experiencing.  I PTA because doing so allows me to connect with other parents to share stories and experiences, and to work together on activities that benefit the school.  I started attending PTA meetings when my daughter was still at Enfield (she’s moved on to middle school now). Because not many parents had been coming to the PTA meetings, the previous treasurer asked if I would be interested in taking over her duties when she had to step down. I didn’t know anything about what it meant to be treasurer, but everyone was patient with me.  Moreover, my new budgeting, spreadsheet, and income/expense tracking skills helped me to land a new job and be successful at it!  In turn, that job has led me to be more confident about starting my own business, which I’m currently working on.  After I finished as treasurer, I kept PTA’ing - next as vice president and (now) as president, because I see that parents, teachers and the school can work together to do more for our kids than just the school itself.  I PTA because it has become a rewarding community service, and I still get as much out of it as I put in.”

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