About the PTSA

PTSA stands for Parent, Teacher, and Student Association. It was created nationwide, not just here, to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. It works to bring into a better working relationship the home, school, and community so that parents and teachers may better cooperate in the education of children and youth.

Most people think of PTSA as simply a fundraising organization, and although we do raise funds for the school, it is not our only function. On the state level PTA is very active in politics, securing safety funding, education funding, and health and fitness funding for our schools.

At our local level the money we raise is to help subsidize the items in the school budget that are generally cut when money is tight. PTSA had a large surplus in our budget due to the successful auction held in 2004 and granted many requests to the different programs at both schools. We gave $5,000.00 to help start up Oak Valley's new library with Reading Counts Books. We bought digital cameras for the art department and binoculars and GPS systems for the science classrooms. We bought new computer software for the computer lab. We funded the Civil War Assembly held last spring.

Last year, due to the huge success of our wrapping paper fundraiser and our Avon fundraiser, we purchased new uniforms for both the boys' and girls' basketball teams. We funded Art's Outreach classes for grades 1-3 at Oak Valley as well as others at Jonata. We provided the school with $5,000.00 to be used to pay for field trip transportation costs. We helped pay for music instrument repairs and sports coaches and referees, as well as the lunch time intramural sports program. We bought more library books, helped fund the Jr. Library Guild and helped sponsor the Author-Go-Round. We subsidized the spelling bee, student assemblies and the Renaissance Reward Program.

None of this could be done without your help and support. Whether you bought wrapping paper, Avon, books at our book faire, or sponsored a child in the jog-a-thon, you help make our schools a better place for our children. We would like to encourage you to join us at a meeting, consider running for office, volunteer in your child's classroom or the library. Whatever time you have to give to our schools is time well spent.

Thank you again for all your help. What is PTSA? You are!