Meet the Teachers AHS auditorium 7 p.m. Thursday

Parents encouraged to join PTSA

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

When parents think of Parent Teacher Association, they think of plays, programs and recitals presented by small children in colorful costumes, followed by financial meetings usually held in school cafeterias.

But at the high school level, although the Parent, Teacher, Student Association is much more important, attendance has been lacking, PTSA president Seana Towler said.

The AHS Meet the Teachers Night will kick off Thursday at 7 p.m. with the first PTSA meeting of the year at the AHS Theatre for the Performing Arts, and all parents with an interest in seeing their child succeed in the future are encouraged to attend.

In years past, Towler said parent participation hasn't been very active.

After attending PTSA training this year, Towler realized that parent participation is just as important now as it ever was.

When it comes to helping students prepare for TAKS, fill out college financial aid forms or helping those students who work with their EZ 1040s, these are activities which parents can take a lead in, and PTSA wants to help in their efforts.

"Students need parents to be there, to help them prepare for work or college in the future," Towler said. "We want to engage the parents to get involved, not just as a club, but as an organization that can help the children by finding those additional resources for parents and students."

As a community, Towler said "we need to pull together to help each other out."

The PTSA this year will be involved, not only in those prepatory endeavors, but also in offering a senior scholarship to give back to the students and the community. Meet the Teachers night is the only opportunity to have all the parents there, and Tolwer said the PTSA membership cost of $5 is only a small sum for the number of benefits it offers, such as discounts on food, hotels and restaurants across the state.

With graduation, college, work and real life coming up fast, Towler said parents need to offer their students anything they can to help them succeed.

"It's more important to be in PTSA now more than in elementary. The weight of it is so much more," Towler said.