Frequently Asked Questions about Joining the PTA

  1. Only moms and teachers need to join the PTA?
    A strong PTA needs the support of moms, dads, family members,
    teachers, school staff, and community members. If you want to be involved we welcome you to be a part of the PTA.

  2. Joining the PTA means I have to volunteer?
    The PTA appreciates everyone’s membership, whether or not a memberis able to volunteer. There are also other ways you can contribute.  For example, we are always looking for parents who have skills with graphic design, photography, marketing, etc. to help with one-off requests.

  3. Do I have to be a board member or chair of a committee to join the PTA?
    You do not have to serve on the PTA Board or chair a committee to join the PTA. Your wonderful support will suffice!

  4. Does PTA membership expire?
    Yes, each new school year begins a new PTA membership year. Your PTAmembership will be good for the entire school year.

  5. What if I don’t have time to join the PTA?
    If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider becoming a member of the PTA and give your financial support. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your support helps fund events and activities for the children throughout the school year.

  6. Will I have to start volunteering because I attended a PTA meeting?
    No, we welcome all parents to attend a meeting. It is a good way for parents to keep up with what’s going on and to meet other parents. There is no pressure or judgement.

  7. The PTA has all the help they need.
    The PTA always wants and needs volunteers. If you choose to volunteer, you decide your time commitment.

  8. Why should I join the PTA?
    Your fellow PTA members are family and community members who want to support the kids and the school. Membership puts you in direct contact with other parents and teachers. It shows your child that you are interested and invested in their educational experience.

  9. What is my membership fee getting me?
    Your membership fee is used to help support a variety of programs and events designed to introduce students to new experiences in a variety of areas, thus expanding their horizons. Your membership fee includes membership with the NJPTA which allows you to take advantage of discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors.

  10. Don't my West Orange taxes cover the PTA programming?
    No, we are not funded through your tax payments.  All programming is funded via membership dues and fundraising.