A question posed to the PTA:

Hello, I am considering joining the PTA. I had a few questions regarding that.

  1.What are the responsibilities of PTA members?

  2.How many hours of time commitment is required?

  3.What is the difference between a PTA member and PTA volunteer?

Our response:

Thank you so much for asking!  To answer your questions:

1.PTA members do not have any set responsibilities.

2.There is NO required time commitment.

3.A PTA Member is someone who has joined the PTA, and has voting rights at the meetings, and if they wanted, could become an elected member of the board.  They may or may not want to volunteer.  A PTA volunteer is someone who has offered to help with a PTA event or program. Most PTA volunteers are members.  

We have a very active PTA at Hollywood Hill.  The majority of families do become PTA members (over 85%), and we have also enjoyed 100% teacher membership the past few years. We support the students and staff of HHE by providing before-school and after-school enrichment opportunities such as choir, marimba club, drama, art, math team, book clubs, chess club, lego club, etc.  We also host many community-building family events such as our Back To School Ice cream Social, our Fall Social, movie nights and bingo nights, school dance, talent show, rollerskating and ice skating parties, and more. We also hold several fundraisers a year.  

We provide financial support by offering teacher grants for classroom items and books, funding class parties, field trips, after-school physical education program in the winter, school beautification projects, the art docent program, etc.  We also provide funds for Hollywood Hill Elementary's  STEM based science curriculum called Project Lead the Way.

We organize volunteers to help out at all our events, to serve as room parents and art docents (training provided), and we also host several charitable/community events such as a Veterans Day reception, a food drive, and the Giving Tree holiday gift drive for needy families. The PTA is also an advocate for children, influencing state and national policy in education, health and safety. 

There are several General PTA meetings a year, which we encourage, but do not require, you to attend. You will have opportunities at these meetings to vote on policies, budget items, and elections of the PTA Executive committee. We hope you consider becoming a member.  And if you wish to volunteer, please know that you can volunteer as much or as little as you want! There are many opportunities listed on our website.