PTSA Perspectives: Trish Kline, (P)arent

PTSA Perspectives: Trish Kline, (P)arent

PTSA has made such a tremendous impact on my life. I first jumped into PTA at Dunn Elementary; what an incredible experience right from the get-go! For a new parent at a new school, it can be difficult to navigate. With my son entering kindergarten, I was nervous about the whole experience…from taking the bus the first day, to having all the right school supplies and lunchbox, to figuring out the carpool line in the afternoon. I wanted him to have the best experience possible. Thankfully, members from the PTA were there to lessen my worries, answer my questions, and help me feel more at ease with this big step in my child’s life. It was so reassuring to interact with other parents who knew what I was going through and reached out to help. From there, I was hooked. I joined Dunn’s PTA Board to get connected, learn more about the teachers and the school, and to meet more fantastic parents.

Being a member of PTA/PTSA means many things to many people. There are so many benefits! For some, it is a way to get connected and learn what’s happening at school. For others, it’s a great way to network and meet other parents. PTSA functions are terrific avenues to share ideas, concerns, and experiences. Membership provides parents an opportunity to advocate for their student and school on a higher level, suggesting positive changes which will impact students and teachers. PTSA also provides a variety of programs and resources designed specifically to help, inform, and keep our students safe. PTSA provides many resources to teachers including everything from new technology, to hands-on-help in the classroom, to exam week proctoring, to hospitality events. Members can also take advantage of national PTA member benefits providers. 

My kids have specifically benefited from the numerous programs and resources offered by the PTSA – specifically Mindfulness, College 101, and now that I have an upperclassman, I expect that the College and Career Center will become his new best friend. Both have benefited from purchases along the way – everything from a new playground in elementary school to amazing technology in the classroom including iPads, iMacs, PC’s, robotics equipment, interactive white boards, and a 3D printer. They’ve benefited from exceptional teachers who go the extra mile to ensure that all our children are getting a fantastic education. Teachers who actively pursue new methods of teaching and innovative classes, such as the new AP Capstone class being offered this fall. My kids will gain new insight into the college admissions process as a direct result of the PTSA funding one of our counselor’s recent attendance at an admissions strategy seminar hosted by the Harvard Summer Institute. Seniors are eligible to apply for PTSA scholarships to be used for college expenses, and they will benefit from the Project Graduation party hosted by PTSA on graduation night that provides a fun, safe place to celebrate one of the biggest accomplishments of their life!

Having served on 3 different PTA/PTSA Boards (Dunn, Meyzeek, & Manual) in many different capacities, I can honestly say that every step of the way has been a truly outstanding and beneficial experience. The friendships I have made through PTSA are some of the greatest gifts I’ve received. And even though my children are no longer in kindergarten, I continue to thank PTSA for providing me with the answers to all my questions. Because it’s just as important now as it was back then to know that my kids have all their school supplies, they have a “cool” lunchbox, and they know where to park and how to get home in the afternoon.