Why should I join PTA?
PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. Being a member of Millard PTA means that you are part of a powerful association and action plan that is focused on programs and initiatives that strengthen your child’s education.
PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. Join Millard PTA for your child because increasing our membership, even by one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community.
Where does my money go when I pay membership dues?
PTA dues directly support your child. PTA dues help fund essential school resources and curriculum needs, including Reflections Art Program, Fall Carnival, Red Ribbon Week, Math Olympiad, and much more. PTA dues support advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. PTA dues support our work to strengthen connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families, and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.
Does PTA membership require volunteering and attending meetings?
The only thing required of you to be a member of Millard PTA is to pay the annual membership dues. Beyond that, however you choose to PTA is up to you. PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. From volunteering at school events to participating in local, state and national advocacy efforts to holding PTA leadership roles – the level of involvement is up to you. There is no wrong way to PTA!
How much time do I have to commit to being a member of PTA?
Membership in Millard PTA can involve as much or as little time as you have to offer. There is no wrong or right way to be involved – anything you can give, whether it’s time or money, will support your child’s potential.
Isn’t PTA a social club for stay-at-home moms?
First and foremost, PTA is for every family who has a child at the school. PTA is for moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents, teachers and the broader community!
While some of the work done by PTA may appear purely social – including family events like the Fall Carnival and Winter Bingo that are organized to strengthen the school community – much of PTA’s work focuses on funding essential school resources and curriculum needs, as well as advocating at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education.
How does PTA ensure it represents every child and family at the school?
We encourage every family in the school to become a PTA member to support the success of their child. We want a diverse membership base that reflects all of the families and needs of students at the school. PTA strengthens connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.
How does PTA impact my child?
Millard PTA traditionally provides valuable programs and services at Millard Elementary such as online educational programs, Red Ribbon Week, Walk/Bike To School Events, Staff Appreciation Week, technology updates, classroom supplies, new Teacher support, materials for Prep Classes, Student Assemblies, Yearbook Creation and Sales, and more.
PTA provides schools access to experts, resources, trainings and dozens of nationally recognized educational enrichment programs that impact a child’s education such as the Family Reading Experience, in partnership with the Reading is Fundamental.
PTA funds the nation's largest and longest running student arts program, Reflections®, which provides students access to arts, music, literature, dance, drama and visual arts.
PTA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system and anti-child labor laws.
How do you advocate at the national, state and local levels and why is it important to my child?
PTA is active at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. The 2021-2022 Millard PTA President is the current chair of the Health and Safety Committee for Fremont Council PTA and is active in their events and advocacy. She also participated in the 2021 California State PTA Annual Convention and attended workshops on Cyber Safety and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. During the past 120 years, PTA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system, and anti-child labor laws.
How do I join the PTA?
You can easily join the Millard PTA online and receive an electronic Membership card! Membership dues for the year are $10.50 per person, plus a $1 registration fee. You can also make a tax deductible donation online.
To Join online:
STEP 1: Visit: https://jointotem.com/ca/fremont/millard-elementary/join
STEP 2: Either login with a Facebook account or use an email address to create an account.
STEP 3: Select your dues and donation, set up payment information*, and submit! Your E-membership card will be emailed to you!
*please contact Millard PTA for information on paying by check.
Donations of any amount, whether smaller or larger are gratefully accepted. Donations are tax deductible and confidential. (Please make checks payable to “Millard PTA”)
Everyone can join – including all family members (yes... even students), grandparents, community members, local business leaders, school staff, neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc.
Membership forms are available in the school office or online (coming soon). Return the membership form with complete contact information to the office.
PTA Membership Benefits…You, Students, Your School!
Your Membership Benefits Include…
The opportunity to be better connected with the school, the principal, and the staff and to learn what’s happening at the school.
Access to information on issues and programs concerning the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
The right to attend PTA meetings, ask questions and vote on issues.
Power to determine the organization’s priorities, and vote on the budget and expenditures recommended by the executive board.
Student Benefits Include…
PTA sponsored field trips, special assemblies and enrichment events beyond the local school district’s budget and more!
Use of PTA funds to benefit all students, not just the children of the best fundraiser, officers, teachers, volunteers or largest donors.
Opportunity to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program to explore and develop creative talents.
Knowledge that the PTA works to ensure that students attend classes in buildings that are clean, safe, and in good repair.
School Community Benefits Include…
Volunteer hours that substantially increase the school’s ability to provide more services to students.
Ability to reach parents of students through established PTA meetings and newsletters.
A pool of informed PTA members to serve on committees and task forces to examine issues and seek solutions.
Join Millard PTA Today!