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Grow Membership
Everything the Membership Chair needs to grow membership, such as campaign ideas, customizing logos, Toolkit, membership goals, and more. 
Monthly Challenges  
There are 8 Monthly Challenges for the Local PTAs that focus on growing membership. The qualifying PTAs enter a $100 drawing each month!
Submit Dues 
PTA is a member-based organization. Each PTA pays dues to LAPTA and National PTA totaling $3.50/person.
Inclusion & DIO
PTA provides fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement to all people. Together, we are even better!
Join PTA! 
Search for a Local PTA in Louisiana and join their unit. This is for those with online purchasing. All donations to PTAs are tax-deductible!
Lagniappe PTSA 
Lagniappe PTSA is a state-wide PTA that anyone can join! Members and their students can participate in PTA Programs, contests, grants and awards!
Member Perks
LAPTA is busy adding new perks for our members. If you would like to add a perk, email Membership@LouisianaPTA.org! See member perks from National PTA here
Start a PTA
PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the country! We'd love to have you join us and our mission to support all children!
Dissolve a PTA
It's a sad day when we close a PTA. Here is the correct process to do that legally.

Introduction to Membership

The PTA's foundation lies in its membership, and the Membership Chair plays a crucial role in recruiting new members. Without members, the PTA's initiatives cannot be realized. Membership is open to anyone who shares the National PTA's mission and values, and inclusivity is a core commitment of the organization. The PTA actively seeks to embrace diversity in all its forms, including culture, race, ethnicity, beliefs, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. The PTA has three levels: the Local PTA Unit, Louisiana PTA, and National PTA. The National PTA is the largest and oldest nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for children's well-being, with a mission to enhance the lives of all children.

2024-25 Theme: Join the PTA Adventure!

The 2024-25 theme for Louisiana PTA is “Join the PTA Adventure” which points to the fun side of PTA, the direction of your PTA’s work, and emphasizes joining as a member. How can you keep PTA fun for yourself and others? What direction is your PTA headed? Have you planned for the PTA’s future? What does your PTA adventure look like? The philanthropic work of PTA is a huge personal opportunity to give to others and to positively impact the lives of children to help them reach their potential! Local PTAs can customize this membership theme with your PTA name on Canva.

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Membership Goals

Louisiana PTA has a 2024-25 goal of 11,000 members for its 102nd year. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the important message and mission of PTA! ​

 

For your Local PTA Unit's membership goal, download the Local PTA Membership Goals or email Membership@LouisianaPTA.org.

2024-25 Membership Cards

LAPTA will email the 2024-25 Membership Card template to the Local Unit. Then the Local Unit emails the digital card or prints the card on paper for distribution to its members. With the new LAPTA Member Perks, businesses will need to see the member card in either the digital or paper format.​ Please tell your members where to look up the perks and to keep their card handy! Email LAPTA for the template.

Submit Member Dues

1. Submit Member Dues
PTAs submit $3.50 to LAPTA for each person who is a member of the Local PTA Unit. LAPTA forwards $2.25 to National PTA and retains $1.25 for LAPTA. Please submit dues monthly.
2. Download & Email Roster
Update the roster for all new members for whom you are submitting dues. Email to office@LouisianaPTA.org. Download a free version of Microsoft Excel called Libre here.
3. Distribute Membership Card
Thank your new members with a note and include their paper or digital membership card. Email Membership@LouisianaPTA.org to receive the membership card template.

The membership rosters provided to Louisiana PTA contain private information. PTA respects the rights to privacy each member expects.  LAPTA and our Local PTAs will not release PTA membership lists to non-members or outside interests or use membership lists for personal gain or profit.

You Belong in PTA

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To bolster your membership recruitment activities, National PTA has developed a suite of materials, including a campaign toolkit that outlines how to effectively communicate the value of PTA membership.  

 

Click "Membership Resources" and you'll be connected to a suite of materials and resources, including a comprehensive campaign toolkit, visual assets, collateral materials, a campaign implementation checklist and video. We hope you find these resources engaging, impactful, and fun! 

When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.

Handouts

​Explore tangible ways to strengthen and grow your PTA's membership through National PTA's plethora of Membership Resources. Build a PTA that reflects all your families and your school community. When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support. Support the Hispanic/Latino families in the school community with translated PTA materials.

Training Videos

Toolkit Sec 6. Membership

Index:

Introduction.................................................................................................... 109   

Procedure Binder......................................................................................... 109   

Getting Started.............................................................................................. 110   

Membership Chair Duties........................................................................ 110   

Submit Membership Dues....................................................................... 110   

Membership Campaign Theme............................................................. 111   

Create Your Own PTA Value Message................................................ 112   

Collecting Dues Online with CheddarUp........................................... 114   

Monthly Membership Challenges......................................................... 114

Annual Membership Awards................................................................... 114

Membership Calendar............................................................................... 115

Hashtag and Email Signature ............................................................... 117

Sample Membership Ask Email........................................................... 117

Customize the PTA Logo......................................................................... 117

Sample Membership Ask Flyer............................................................. 118

Sample Membership Thank You........................................................... 119

Annual Membership Awards

LAPTA has a goal of 10,102 members for our 102nd year in 2024-25 and we need our Local PTA Units to help reach that goal! Qualification for awards is done without application. LAPTA uses the information on the Local PTA Unit Membership Reports emailed to submit@LouisianaPTA.org by April 1, 2025. The annual membership awards will be announced in April, 2025. 

Challenge Champ Award

Earn five or more Monthly Membership Challenges

Membership Matters Award

Increase membership by at least 10% over the previous year

All Star
PTA Award

Reach the LAPTA membership goal at least 3 consecutive years

Golden Apple Award

100% membership of teachers and administrators

Golden Magnolia Award

Membership total is at least 100% of student enrollment count

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