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Bamber Valley Parent Teacher Association

bambervalleypta@gmail.com


What is the goal of the Bamber Valley PTA?
We want to build an inclusive community where parents, teachers, and administration collaborate to meet the needs of Bamber Valley students. 
 
Why is the PTA important to my child’s education?
The Bamber Valley PTA provides educational experiences for your child and supports the Bamber Valley teachers with valuable resources for the classroom. The PTA serves as the fundraising mechanism that provides additional resources not available through the Rochester School District Budget.  
 
Why should I join the PTA?
The PTA serves as a platform for parent and teacher involvement within our school. Members are needed to provide guidance regarding the organization’s priorities and goals. By joining, you get to vote on the many important decisions made by the PTA. The PTA also provides a forum for access to teachers and administration, and gives you insight on what is happening within the school.  
 
Why do I need to pay a fee to join the PTA?
The Bamber Valley PTA is a not-for-profit organization that is local, but is also part of a larger state and national organization. We have to collect dues for our membership, as stated in the by-laws of the organization. The majority of your paid dues remains local and supports us here at Bamber Valley. A small portion of the dues goes to support the state and national organizations that work to address laws that affect our schools and our education system. However, we retain all of the money we raise within the school, and we make our own decisions regarding our budget.  
 
How is the PTA different from VIE?
Both the PTA and Volunteers in Education (VIE) are important and represent parent involvement and volunteering in the school. However, VIE is a community-based program. Community members are allowed to volunteer in the school, but only parents and teachers are allowed to join the PTA. We need members to join the PTA, attend meetings, and volunteer for school events available to all students.  
 
But, I’m too busy to join the PTA…
If you have five minutes to fill out a form, you are not too busy. There is no pressure to attend meetings or volunteer. If you join, you are supporting us. We would like to encourage you to start small….
            Fill out a membership card
            Take a tax deduction—make a donation
            Attend one meeting
            Read the monthly newsletter
            Collect box tops or Kemps milk tops
            Volunteer once during the year 

PTA Membership Form

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