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Did you know that your PTA membership dues contribute just a few dollars to our PTA funds? So why join LHE PTA? Participating as a member in our local unit gives parents and teachers a voice and a vote concerning fundraising, community activities, educational enrichment and legislative endorsement. Your membership is actually an added vote in our local, regional, and national legislative advocacy process! Washington State PTA actively advocates for the needs of all students in our region and across our state. Additionally, our discounted Joint Membership means TWO votes for the benefit of your children, instead of just ONE.
If you're curious about what your membership dues goes towards, read on (excerpt from the WSPTA page)
"Our power lies in our collective voice.
As a member of your local PTA, you also belong to National PTA, the oldest and largest child advocacy organization in the country. Since it was founded in 1897, National PTA has been responsible for the establishment of programs and the passage of legislation for many things we all take for granted today, such as public kindergarten, child labor laws, the public health service, juvenile justice system, hot lunches in schools, mandatory immunizations, and school bus safety regulations. Dont forget PTAs impact on arts in schools: Reflections is the oldest and largest childrens arts program in the country. And many people dont realize that Teacher Appreciation Week is actually a National PTA program started back in 1984!
National PTAs impact on the American landscape is significant and ongoing. But how in the world can a group of volunteers drive such sweeping changes? Through PTA membership. When you become a PTA member, you demonstrate your support for the work of National PTA on behalf of all children. You allow your voice to be added to the voices of nearly four million other members and, together, that collective voice enables National PTA to more successfully advocate for the next generation.
But its not just at a national level. Here in our state, we are all part of Washington State PTA (WSPTA), which was also founded more than one hundred years ago, in 1905. And what impact has WSPTA made on our lives? For starters, WSPTA coined the term, preschool, more than 60 years ago! During World War II, WSPTA arranged care for children while mothers went to work in the factories and thats if those mothers werent busy taking PTA-organized shifts at area watch towers, scanning the skies for enemy aircraft. Around the same time, WSPTA first organized kindergarten co-ops.
And today, all of these years later, WSPTA remains a powerful advocate for all children. In recent years, we were instrumental in the passage of the simple majority amendment for levies. This past legislative session, proud PTA members of all ages stood alongside Governor Inslee as he signed into law, Breakfast After the Bell, a culmination of several years of PTA advocacy and testimony on this important issue.
Finally, at the heart of it all is your local PTA. Membership is your collective voice. When people become members of your local PTA, they are demonstrating their support for the work you do, and they are adding their voice to the mission you represent. The louder your voice (the more members you have), the more likely your PTA is to literally and figuratively get a seat at the table. In your city, in your school district, in your school building. Whether theres a complicated issue that needs solving or a great new opportunity for students, a PTA with a strong collective voice is part of the decision-making process. That is PTA Power. And that is why membership matters."