The primary purpose of a school PTA is to support the work and efforts of the school’s teachers and staff and to foster a sense of community between the parents and the school. JH Hines Elementary School PTA has worked hard this year to fulfill that role. This year I’ve had the opportunity to serve as PTA President and have worked with the PTA executive team to support their efforts to be a positive presence on campus and reimplement programs now that everyone is back on campus. The team started off in the fall by having a membership drive for parents and teachers. From that drive, 19 families and 5 teachers signed up to be a part of this year’s PTA. In October, they supported the Trunk or Treat and Spooky Math and Science event for students. In December and February, they provided a special breakfast and lunch for the teachers, administration, and support staff.
In March, they celebrated the 3rd grade teaching team with tokens of appreciation as they were acknowledged for making major overall improvements with 3rd grade students. Even last week, they sponsored a “Woo Hoo” Cart to celebrate the students that have demonstrated positive behavior choices this marking period.
To foster a sense of community and promote healthy relationship building, Grassroots also hosted a Parent Leadership Training with PTA parents this spring. This was a four-week workshop that covered a variety of topics, such as, understanding school culture, support for student learning and monitoring student success, advocacy tips for parents, and effective communication. Parents participated in active conversations about their own school experience and what the experience looks like for their children now.
Even though the school year is almost over, the work of the PTA continues. They have plans to honor the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week in May and they also hope to celebrate the students and families before the end of the school year. This work has only been possible because of the collaboration of the PTA members, the cooperative work with the school administration and the generous donations of community partners and individuals. Building relationships and a welcoming community is at the heart of the work of JH Hines Elementary School and its PTA.
– Jocelyn Williams