WHAT IS THE PTA?
The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is the largest volunteer child advocacy group in the country. It is a grassroots organization made up of parents, teachers and others around the nation who have an interest in the education and welfare of children, families and schools. The mission of PTA is to "make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children." PTA membership is as diverse as Texas in cultures, educational levels and student need. Ashley PTA is a local unit of National and Texas PTAs, and is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.
WHY JOIN PTA?
By joining PTA, you will become a member of the largest child advocacy organization in the state with over 500,000 members across Texas. We invite interested parents and community groups to join us in our efforts to engage families and advocate for all of our Ashley children by becoming a member of PTA. Membership says that you support the work of Ashley PTA. All members are given a free student directory in the fall and are put on email lists to receive current information about PTA activities and functions. There is no requirement to volunteer when joining the PTA. Volunteering is optional!
HOW DOES PTA RAISE MONEY?
We hold one major fundraiser a year - the Ashley Dash. This is a fun run in which all Ashley students participate. We invite families to reach out to family members and friends for flat pledges to support the PTA. This year's Ashley Dash will be held on October 20th. Throughout the year, there will also be many smaller ways you can show your support of PTA:
Become a member of PTA
Register your Kroger Rewards card (no fee) and link it to Ashley (www.krogercommunityrewards.com)
Cut out and turn in your Box Tops during our 2 drives
Buy Ashley spirit wear
Send in money to cover the cost of our 3 annual class parties
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
We pride ourselves on our financial accountability and transparency and are happy to share our budget with parents at any time. Last year, we funded over $12k in educational programming (such as HighTouch HighTech Science, Team Big Air drug prevention, and Mother Goose reading); as well as school support (such as math and science equipment, and PE, art, and music supplies). We also hosted family events such as Reading Under the Stars, Multicultural Day, Family Fitness Night and Movie Night. We also give a scholarship every year to a deserving graduating senior who attended Ashley!
Look around and we know you'll see something that PTA has touched! Kinder bag tags? PTA! Book Fairs? PTA! Watch DOGS for Dads? PTA! Reflections Art Contest? PTA!