What exactly does the PTO do?

The PTO is an advocacy and advisory organization. The PTO raises funds to support a wide variety of enrichment activities at Lee Elementary School. The PTO funds transportation for school field trips, various artistic and cultural performances, and a variety of special presentations and workshops. The PTO also plays a vital role in providing feedback, information, and guidance to the Principal and other staff.

How does membership in the PTO work?

If you are the parent or guardian of a child attending Lee Elementary School, you are already a member of the PTO! There are no dues to pay, no membership forms, and no secret handshakes. Come to a meeting and find out how you can help make your child's school even better than it already is.

What happens at PTO meetings, and when are they held?

Meetings are typically held each month at the Elementary School. Meetings usually start at 6:30 pm and the President and Vice-President - who chair each meeting - try to end meetings by 7:30 pm. Each meeting follows a specific agenda. A typical agenda includes reports from major committees, a report from the Principal, and time is allotted to suggest and discuss new ideas/activities. Child care and refreshments are provided.

What is the difference between a PTA and a PTO?

A local PTA - or Parent Teacher Association - is associated with the National PTA, a formal membership organization. Local PTA groups receive various types of support from the National PTA, but must also pay dues to the national organization and abide by state and national group rules.
A PTO, on the other hand, is an independent, unaffiliated group. Each PTO has its own set ofbylaws which govern the organization's activities. A PTO does not pay dues to any national organization. According to the magazine PTO Today, about 25% of all local parent-teacher groups in the U.S. are affilated with the National PTA.

Other questions?

Do you have a question that isn't listed here? We love questions! Please email a PTO officer with your specific question.