Confused by the difference between PTA and Foundation? Let us try to explain
At LCES, Foundation and PTA share a common goal – the betterment of our children's education. Both organizations work together throughout the year toward that end, but we each have a separate focus and are governed differently. There are times when PTA and Foundation objectives will overlap, so it is vital that we work closely together.
What is the PTA and what do we do?
The LCES PTA was founded in 1911, so we are 111 years strong this year! PTA is a partnership between parents and educators who strive to enhance student learning and enrich the lives of the students within the school. It is also a forum for parents to obtain knowledge and voice their opinions about what is happening in their school.
At a school level, we host fun family events throughout the year, arrange assemblies for all students, as well as act as a voice for families within the school. As a PTA, everything we do, we do to benefit the entire school population, but we work alongside Foundation to help provide a rich learning environment, such as helping to celebrate our 6th-grade camp and party. Volunteers also gain new skills, friendships, and confidence.
The LCES PTA is part of a larger umbrella organization consisting of Glendale Council PTA, California PTA (CAPTA), and the National PTA, which provides oversight, support and training for our school PTA.
The focus of PTA is:
PTA is the premier legacy association for children, families, and education. PTA is invested in the whole child and advocates on their behalf. California State PTA reaches millions of parents and families through members, coalitions and partnerships and has a history of landmark advocacy. PTA focuses on social and educational programs that inspire an importance on family engagement in all schools and communities.
Recently, California State PTA has been a force for change in bringing light to funding issues and ensuring that family engagement and community voice have a place at the table where funding decisions are made. PTA is building ways to ensure that family engagement is never overlooked and is providing training on its importance in and out of the classroom.
The PTA offers free resources for members on issues and areas such as STEM and health & safety.