Q. What is the cost to become a member?
A. Our annual membership dues are $12 for a 2-adult membership and $8 for a 1-adult membership. This cost covers our National, State, and local PTA dues and supplements PTA expenses. Forest PTA is a non-profit organization. All revenues raised from fundraising activities and dues are used to cover expenses including PTA sponsored educational events and activities, meeting supplies, and publicity. Membership forms can be submitted electronically here, sent to Forest School in an enveloped marked “Forest PTA,” or brought to any general membership meeting. NOTE: A nominal fee will be added to forms submitted online.
Q. Who can be a member?
A. Anyone can be a member! Most members of Forest PTA are parents of Forest students and we also have great support from Forest school faculty and staff. The mission of PTA is “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” If you support the National PTA mission, support the North Olmsted community, and support Forest School, we invite you to join our unit! That can include parents, grandparents, caregivers, community members, and more!
Q. What is expected of members?
A. To be a Forest PTA member, you are required turn in a membership form and pay your annual dues. We do encourage all of our members to get involved because our members are our greatest resource! There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and way to get involved. To learn more about some of our committees and volunteer opportunities, visit the Benefits & Opportunities page here.
Q. I work full time. Are there still opportunities for me to participate?
A. YES! We have members who work full-time, part-time, from home, and who are stay-at-home parents. Forest PTA has events and volunteer opportunities during the day and evenings. There are also opportunities to get involved at home too! Some tasks that can be done at home include helping plan events, purchasing supplies or running other errands for events, or contacting businesses and organization for support.
Q. Where do I get more information?
A. You can visit our Contact Us and submit general inquiry questions or contact a member of our board directly. You can also attend one of our monthly meetings to learn more too!
Q. What occurs at your monthly meeting?
A. As we are affiliated with National and Ohio PTA, we follow their guidelines, our standing rules & bylaws, to run our unit. Paid members vote on issues and policies involving the group and officers are nominated and voted for each year, forming the executive committee. We also have board members who serve as chairs to our various committees. We usually hear report from our Principal about current school events and often teachers will share information too. We discuss ideas and plans for upcoming events and activities and sometimes have special speakers present.
Q. How do I report my hours?
A. You can fill out our Monthly Volunteer Hours Form or report them on our sign in sheet at any general meeting. All hours spent working on PTA matters are considered volunteer hours and need to be reported to the State of Ohio in order for us to keep our non-profit status.