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Tennessee Parent Teacher Association raising $35,000 to help pandemic deficit

The non-profit lost half its membership over the past year.
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 4:03 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Parent Teacher Association announced it is in need of members and $35,000 after the non-profit lost half its membership over the past year.

Leaders say the pandemic allowed for students to learn virtually. Parents and students weren’t coming to schools in some cases.

“We are really trying to give tools to our parents to help them really change, their school, their educational opportunities for their students,” said Kim Henderson, TN PTA state president.

The non-profit helps by funding training and resources for teachers and giving grants for programs in schools.

“I think a lot of people sometimes forget the PTA is really all about connections and communication,” said Henderson.

According to a press release, membership dues pay for vital resources, including programs like literacy, reflection and family engagement.

“Participating in the PTA is rewarding for the fact that you actually know where your money goes,” said Tammy Crowe, a mom of two who participates in her students’ Knox County Schools PTA programs.

Ever since Crowe’s middle school son and high school daughter were young, she’s been a part of the Tennessee PTA.

“You see when the money is brought in, you see where the money is put back into the schools, into each student,” said Crowe.

Most local chapters cost less that $10 per year to join. And by joining the local chapter you become a member of the state association.

“The more voices we have the more understanding we have of all the issues related to every student,” said Henderson.

The campaign is ongoing throughout the year.

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