Benefits and Privileges of PTA Membership

(Information taken from the National PTA website)

Chaperone field trips? Help with student parties? Volunteer at book fairs?

As parents and volunteers, we all find ourselves serving pizza or attending a play on occasion. However, it is important that you know as a member of PTA, you do so much more. Your dues paid to the Virginia PTA/PTSA and National PTA ensure your voice is heard on important issues—children and violence, children and drugs, and, of course, children and education.

By belonging to your local PTA, you are doing much more for your children than you know! As a PTA member, you are one of nearly 340,000 members in Virginia and over 5 million members nationwide working for children.

PTA Provides Benefits for Units in Good Standing

PTAs automatically qualify for federal and state sales tax exemption, group registry for solicitation, and most donations to the organization are tax deductable.

  • Students may participate in the Reflections Program, recognizing achievement in visual arts, literature, photography, film/video production, dance choreography, and musical composition
  • Graduating seniors are eligible for Virginia PTA Scholarships
  • Students in grades 6-12 may participate in Virginia PTA's Citizenship Essay program
  • Members can subscribe to email newsletters on events, programs, issues, and the latest news from Virginia PTA at and National PTA at
PTA Provides a Voice

  • Legislation meetings
  • Annual voting on Virginia PTA Proposed Legislation Program
  • Representation at Virginia General Assembly sessions
  • Representation at Virginia Board of Education meetings and public hearings
  • Representation on Department of Education committees, including School Nurse Task Force: Special Education Advisory; Vocational Technical Education Planning and Review; Education of the Gifted; State Teacher of the Year Selection; State Superintendent of the Year Selection
  • Representation on statewide boards and associations, including Virginia Education Coalition; Virginia Middle School Association; Virginia High School League Executive Committee; General Assembly Commission on Youth Truancy and Alternative Education
PTA Provides Training

  • Virginia PTA Leadership Training Conference
  • Regional Leadership Training
  • Virginia PTA Annual Convention
  • National PTA Convention