The R. C. Longan PTA provides volunteers and funds to support the following programs:
- Library Reading Program
- Character Counts Program Awards - Book Fairs
- Teacher Appreciation Week - Teacher Allotments
- 5th Grade Luncheon - Reflections Program
- School Store - Weekly Reader Program
- Funding for Educational Websites
Through fundraising and volunteering efforts the R. C. Longan PTA has provided:
- TVs in every classroom - Computer Projectors
- Digital Video Cameras - Poster Printer
- Promethean Boards - Die Cut Machine
- New sound system in cafeteria - Geo Mats for the Gym
- Drying Rack for the Art Room
Longan PTA membership dues are $6.00 per person. Parents, Stepparents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, teachers, administrators, community members, and friends are urged to join. Membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission and purposes of Parent Teacher Association. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Membership in the PTA does not obligate anyone to get involved in PTA or school projects. The portion of your dues retained by the R. C. Longan PTA is used to fund the above programs plus many others.
What is a PTA?
The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a non-profit organization that brings parents and teachers together so they can work towards improving the lives and education of students. Over 6.5 million people belong to PTAs nationwide, making it the largest child-advocacy volunteer association. Simply, a PTA is a group of adults, both men and women, affiliated with a school that have organized to work to help children thrive and learn -- whether that means fundraising for school supplies, educating parents, helping teachers or fighting for legislation to ensure every child gets a high-quality education.
Local PTAs work independently to promote the welfare of children in local schools and communities. They work together with principals, superintendents, school boards and other community leaders to make sure your concerns are heard and needs are met. Every person who joins a local PTA automatically becomes a member of both the state and National PTAs.
State PTAs coordinate programs through the state on behalf of children. They organize volunteers to represent PTA views in your legislature and Washington, DC.
The National PTA develops programs and materials you need to conduct programs locally. It also provides numerous publications including "Our Children", one of the best parenting magazines available.
Virginia PTA and National PTA portions of dues are included in every PTA membership. Currently, that amount is $3.75 per year per member ($2.25 for National and $1.50 for State). National and state dues are paid per member by each unit. Every local unit is considered a separate entity and receives the same level of support services from PTA.
The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more advantages. Here are just a few:
* Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
* Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
* Tap into a Network. Parenting is not easy—it helps to share ideas, concerns and experiences with other parents and educators in the community. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind.
* Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTA, you gain valuable experiences. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use for a good cause—your child and all children in the community.
* Speak Up. Because the PTA is a forum for exchanging ideas, you are encouraged to make suggestions. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
* Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events—all vital to a school’s success.
* Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
* Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.