Membership is more than just numbers and membership drives; it’s more than asking for dues. Membership also means taking care of existing members. Do you ever consider just how you meet the needs of your current members? That involves providing programs and resources to help them improve their children’s physical and emotional health, safety, wellbeing, and the member’s awareness of important issues and parent education. Below are programs that really benefitted these PTAs as well as their communities. As we continue to do more for our current members, children, families and communities, the word will get out and others will want to join! Be sure to check out our Programs page for more great ideas for programs to share. And don’t forget to share your stories about how you take care of your members!
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Carrie Busey Elementary in Champaign is like many Illinois schools, with about half of the
student population classified as low-income. PTA volunteer Heather Schultz knew there were unmet needs at the school, but like many parents she didn’t know what she could do to help. A conversation with a relative from another state about a program at their school changed that.
The program is called Helping Hands at Carrie Busey. Helping Hands Program
Illinois PTA Southern Region Hosts National PTA Family Reading Experiences
Illinois PTA Southern Region hosted Family Reading Experiences at two elementary schools in
East St. Louis, Illinois. On Monday, September 22, 2014, the event was held at Gordon Bush
Elementary School and on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, it was at Katie Wright Elementary School.
Families including mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers and their kids enjoyed rotating to
stations of activities where they played simple games to promote the different components of
literacy while having fun playing together. Southern Region donated backpacks full of school
supplies for a drawing for the kids. Eighteen kids went home with a backpack between the two
evenings! Southern Region also donated two Kindle E-Readers, one for each event.
A drawing was held each night and one lucky student received a Kindle to take home to add
to their reading enjoyment!