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How To Establish a Local Chapter Of the PTA

Increase advocacy efforts on behalf of your community's kids by organizing a local unit of the national PTA (Parent Teacher Association) at a neighborhood school.


  • TIP: Employ personal calls and newspaper announcements to draw attendance to your organizational meeting.
  • Step 1: Create proposed bylaws for your local chapter of the national PTA with the aid of a state PTA representative.
  • Step 2: Move to organize as the first order of business at your organizational meeting, adopt bylaws, elect and install officers, and enroll members. Then get busy advocating for your town's young citizens.
  • FACT: PTA origins date back to 1855, but the association celebrated its official 100th anniversary in 1996.
  • Step 3: Publicize the organizational meeting throughout the community, urging interested people to attend.
  • TIP: Survey your community prior to the organizational meeting to identify individuals willing to be nominated for office.
  • Step 4: Contact your state or the national PTA office for information, forms, organizational assistance, and communication aid to more quickly move forward the effort to establish a local chapter of the national PTA.
  • Step 5: Conduct a planning meeting of interested individuals.
  • Step 6: Organize planning, bylaws, nominations, publicity, and hospitality committees, and set a date for an organizational meeting to establish your local chapter of the national PTA.
  • Step 7: Enlist the support of your school principal, teachers, and district superintendent, letting them know of your plan to establish a local chapter of the national PTA.

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