The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
A Council PTA is a group of local units organized for promoting PTA/PTSA issues within a certain boundary. In the Virginia Congress of PTAs, we have approximately 114 councils. Council PTAs operate under State PTA-approved bylaws, just like local PTA units. They are valuable sources of communication, resources, guidance, and information.
The goals of Chesterfield County Council PTA are to support our local PTA units in Chesterfield County by providing leadership training and guidance, offering programs to educate our PTA leaders and families, and by serving as a communication link with our School Board, school system administrators, and the higher levels of PTA (James River District, State, and National PTA).
There are all kinds of parent groups out there, but there is only one PTA. The oldest and largest child advocacy association in America, PTA is the defining organization for parent involvement. We are a nationwide network of families, educators, and other concerned adults who advocate for children at all levels of decision-making. In addition to involvement at individual schools, PTA has a voice in district, state, and national conversations about improving education, health, and safety conditions for America’s children. Many of the benefits our children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of PTAs mission.
With PTA, families also have access to notable benefits, including:
To join PTA or discuss how to bring PTA to your school, please contact Sara Gilliam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best wishes on a great school year!
Sara Gilliam, President
Chesterfield County Council PTA
*Much of this information is excerpted from National PTA’s website.