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PTSA Mission Statement
 
Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. 
 
What is PTSA?
 
PTSA stands for Parent Teacher Student Association.  We are a formal non-profit affiliated with State and National PTA.  Our mission is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. For more than 100 years, National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Today’s PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. Discover the power of PTA at National PTA and Washington State PTA.
 
Who are we?
 
Bennett PTSA is a 100% volunteer run non-profit organization.  We are parents,  teachers, staff, relatives and community members – just like you! We welcome anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference in the education, health, and welfare of children. 
 
Legally, we are a self-governing entity separate from the school, with a long-standing, strong partnership with school administration, teachers, and staff. We are affiliated with State and National PTA (since 1977) and therefore subject to the bylaws of those entities as well as governed and regulated by the same laws that affect other nonprofit organizations in the state of Washington (RCW 24.03). We are tax-exempt and subject to federal laws governing 501(c)(3) organizations.
 
What we do?
 
The PTSA is a powerful voice and valuable resource for all students, families, teachers and administrators. We are devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTSA provide the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills, learning about the legislative process, increasing their self-esteem, and contributing to the school. In turn, members gain a new perspective for program development, as well as acquire a better understanding of the youth of today.
 
To reach these goals, we provide support, programs and activities to Bennett students and families throughout the year. Walkathon, Readathon, Book Fair, Art Night, Science Week, Reflections, Talent Show, Field Day, Staff Appreciation Events, Spelling Bee, After School Enrichment, Field Trips & Curriculum Enhancement,  in-classroom Educational Tools, Yearbook, 5th Grade Camp and Math Adventure are some examples of programs we fund.
 
Why do we fundraise? 
 
Volunteers and fundraising are the life blood of the PTSA. Without either of these, the PTSA could not function. State funding is not enough to give the best academic, social, physical, and emotional education our children need. As a result, around 75% of our annual budget is invested in Curriculum Enhancement and Instructional Support.
Our 2018-19 budget and fundraising goal is $140,000.