Frequently Asked Questions




What is Mendenhall PTSA?  Our school’s unit in the National Parent Teacher Association.  We are a PTSA which means that Students are encouraged to become members and can be chairs or hold some officer positions. 

What is PTA?  “PTA is the nation’s oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer organization working on behalf of public schools, children and families.  PTA volunteers work in their schools and communities to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth.  “ ~ Mission statement from CAPTA.ORG 

Who can join Mendenhall PTSA?  PTA encourages a holistic approach to problem solving and advocating on behalf of all children which includes parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members.  Anyone can join our PTSA unit. 

Why join PTSA? 

·         PTA Provides:

o        Guidance and resources based on expertise gained from working on behalf of young people.

o        Practical ideas for programs which benefit children, youth, and parents/guardians from diverse communities.

o        Leadership development to promote individual development and strengthening of skills.

o        Timely information from local, State and Federal levels and how we can advocate and influence legislators on behalf of children, families and schools.

o        Collective strength through people who care, who share concerns and help bring about solutions.  PTA is nearly 6 million members strong across over 23,000 local units.  This affords the PTA a strong voice with State and National Legislatures. 

·         PTA is unique because:

o        It demonstrates how one person can make a difference by working with others and within the PTA network.

o        It reflects the professionalism of its volunteers.

o        It provides extensive training.

o        It continues to be the strongest advocate in the state and nation for children and youth.

·         Benefits of PTA Involvement:

o        It promotes parent involvement – the key to student success.

o        It provides an opportunity for individual involvement in all areas of the well-being of children and youth.

o        It helps one learn what is going on at school.

o        It recognizes the diversity of the people it serves.

o        PTA works for all children – everywhere! This broad base of operation establishes a voice that is listened to and respected. PTA has EARNED that respect!

·         The number one reason to join the PTA is to benefit your child. 


Why does PTSA have so many rules? 

·         PTA is governed by IRS rules for Not-for-Profit organizations.  The National and State PTAs have put together guidelines and standard bylaws to help ensure that individual units do not do anything to jeopardize their NFP status. 

·         PTA also arranges for our insurance at very low group rates.  The insurance comes with guidelines as well.

·         Finally these rules and the audit processes associated with them are put in place to help protect the integrity of your school’s unit, minimizing the opportunity for one person to have a large negative impact. 


What does membership require?-  Nothing more than joining.  There are no requirements regarding volunteering or attending meetings although we encourage you to do both.