Non-Traditional PTAs

Saturday, December 9, 2017

One of the exciting strategies in the Tennessee PTA five-year strategic plan increases support for creating non-traditional PTAs. 

Non-traditional PTA? What’s that? 

Non-traditional, or community PTAs, are created where PTAs are not, perhaps a neighborhood that surrounds a school that has an unaffiliated parent group inside the school. 

Or a community PTA to increase family involvement within schools near each other that historically could not keep an organized group from year to year. 

Or a group of people who want to push a single topic or single issue that has something to do with education either in school or in the community; or helps support health or safety of children and youth; or advocates for adequate laws; or supports spiritual or family education.  I think this type of non-traditional PTA provides unique possibilities for community PTAs in Tennessee. 

Think of the possibilities of community PTAs, all with a 501(c)3 charter through PTA, that could be traditional face to face groups, or even virtual cybergroups, with a single topic/issue. Here is a small, but certainly not exhaustive, list of community PTSA ideas that I could think of: 

Data Privacy Community PTSA 

Widows and Children Community PTSA 

St. Luke UMC (or any church) Community PTSA 

Pre-K Community PTSA 

Bullying Prevention Community PTSA 

Healthy Children Community PTSA 

UTC or Chatt State Community PTSA 

Arts in Education Community PTSA 

Testing & Common-Sense Community PTSA 

Children in Transition Community PTSA 

Nutrition or Farm to School or Family Gardening Community PTSA 

English-Learner Students Community PTSA 

The ideas for non-traditional PTAs have a broad inclusion: allows for thinking outside of traditional school PTAs. 

Some current non-traditional PTAs include: 

Hamilton County Teacher Supply Depot Community PTSA, 

Knox County Teacher Supply Depot PTA, and 

Knox County Clothing Store PTA 

Obviously, traditional school PTAs are the backbone of Tennessee PTA. But PTA can have much more reach as an advocacy organization with the growth of non-traditional PTAs.  

You may hear myself or other Tennessee PTA members talk about non-traditional or community PTAs. Think outside of the norm and consider starting a non-traditional PTA. 

Dwight Hunter
Chattanooga



Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

It is said that a 15-year-old in Minnesota, where just like the rest of the United States prayer in schools is prohibited, was tasked with writing an essay. He turned in his paper and, as it was returned with an A-plus, it is only fitting that something this clever should begin this week’s edition of The  Saturday  Funnies. Those who enjoy the Funnies understand that ... (click for more)

Protect The Dreamers - And Response

Children of illegal immigrants brought here as juveniles should be able to stay here.  When these children were brought to the U.S. they did not, willingly with any intent, violate immigration laws. They were too young to even know what immigration laws were. For many, this is the only home they have ever known. Now, as educated and otherwise law abiding young adults, it ... (click for more)

Fleischmann Blames Senate Democrats For Government Shutdown

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann blamed Senate Democrats after the Senate’s failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR), putting a government shutdown into place. He said,  “I cannot fathom how Senate Democrats, knowing the severity of the issues in question, acted with such insensitivity using our children and our military as pawns, putting party over country. ... (click for more)

From Green Window Shutters To Forks And Spoons, Mount Vernon Restaurant Up For Auction

From the green wooden window shutters to the forks, knives and spoons, the landmark Mount Vernon Restaurant is up for auction. Marc Gravitt, of Gravitt Auction, said there will be an online auction starting Thursday morning and running through Saturday at noon. It will be handled as a "staggered close," he said. The first item will go first, then the second 30 seconds later, ... (click for more)

Lady Vols Looking For Answers as No. 3 Mississippi State Up Next

With No. 3 ranked and undefeated Mississippi State (19-0, 5-0) gliding into Knoxville on the heels of a crushing 23 point comeback 84-70 loss to No. 5/5 Notre Dame at South Bend, head coach Holly Warlick and the No. 6/7 Lady Vols (16-2, 4-1) are looking for some answers – fast.   The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with a 3 p.m. tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. ... (click for more)

Furman Top Mocs 58-57 In SoCon Hoops

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fell 58-57 at Furman Saturday afternoon in a game that came down to the wire. The Mocs fall to 12-7 on the year and 3-2 in Southern Conference women's basketball action and the Paladins move to 12-8 overall and 3-2 line league play.   Senior Keiana Gilbert and sophomore Lakelyn Bouldin combined for 40 of the Mocs 57 points with ... (click for more)