When you renew your membership or join Mt. Erie PTA, you help make the 2010-2011 school year another wonderful year for our students. PTA is instrumental in our children’s education and provides extracurricular opportunities like Missoula Children’s Theater, Science Detectives, Book Bingo and RIF reading programs, and Reflections National Art Competition. In addition, a portion of your dues goes toward sup-porting the staff by providing grants for field trips and supplemental supplies or simply to express teacher appreciation.
As parents, you benefit from the PTA communications via our newsletters and web site (www.mteriepta.org) as well as member directory. Our children learn to give by example when PTA supports the local levy, donates to clothing drives, and gives to causes such as the Tommy Thompson Trestle or the Tesoro Family fund. PTA members grace the halls of Mt. Erie daily, volunteering in classrooms, the library, and for special events and activities.
Studies have shown that when parents are involved with their children’s education, students perform better in school with higher grades and better attendance. They are more likely to grad-uate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. Children whose parents get involved also exhibit increased motivation, better self-esteem, and less drug and alcohol use. Those great benefits come from parent involvement, a major focus of PTA.
We hope you’ll take a few minutes to learn about how PTA impacts your kids and how you can get involved as much or as little as you like. We welcome you! Representatives from Mt. Erie PTA will be available before and after school during the first week to answer any questions you may have. Dues are just $10 annually for an individual membership and $16 for family/dual. Don’t forget: not only can parents join PTA but so can grandparents, aunts and uncles, or anyone who wants to show support for kids. We en-courage you to invite your relatives to join Mt. Erie PTA!
As a special thank-you gift for joining or renewing, each member will receive a coupon book (one per family) to use at local Anacortes retailers. Find great deals in town such as $5 off at Read Me A Story and $5 off at Ace Hardware.
For more information or to join Mt. Erie PTA, contact Kristen Murphy at 299-9050 or Emily Hylton at 293-7097.