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Local parent group joins PTA

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By The Staff

Recognizing the benefits of being associated with the PTA, parents at Campbellsville Elementary School voted to become affiliated with the Kentucky PTA and the National PTA.

The vote followed a presentation by PTA representatives about the history, benefits and processes of the association.

"All parent groups are not PTAs. Being affiliated with both the state and national PTA provides numerous benefits to the local group, leaders, members and most importantly, children," said 11th District PTA President Wanda Washington.

Benefits include having a proper organizational structure, availability of low cost bonding and liability insurance, and automatic 501 (c) 3 non-profit status. In addition, the Kentucky PTA annual conference offers a multitude of workshops of interest to parents and others about children's education, health and welfare, as well as parenting workshops and resources. Association leaders can also receive onsite leadership training, if needed.

"It's no coincidence that PTA has almost six million members nationwide and has a rich 111-year history. There's no other parent group like that of PTA. Our tens of thousands of PTAs across the country work together toward one common goal: to help all children make their potential a reality," Washington said. "Parents want to be part of something that's bigger than them. PTA takes action for all children - from the local playground to Capitol Hill."

Campbellsville Elementary School PTA, lead by president Melissa Netherland, joined Campbellsville Middle School, which became a PTSA in 2005. There are almost 400 other PTAs and PTSAs in Kentucky.