Photo: Pictured is a collaboration of the Humble ISD Council of PTAs volunteers, community sponsor Outback Steakhouse,and student volunteers from the Humble High School Presidential Ambassadors to put on the RSMS PTA Membership lunch. From left to right Tiana Villanueva, Michelle Knight (Council Everybody Count Chair), Marilyn Mann (Council Student Services Chair), Stephen Clay Long (Outback Steakhouse Proprietor), Helen Vine (Council Historian), Laura Clarke (Council President), Justin Sheppard, Quadarian Walton, Ernest Broomfield, Kimberly Hernandez, Veonda Mahoney, HHS Presidential Ambassadors Advisor.
The Humble ISD PTA Council continues to encourage other PTA schools to adopt a Title I school PTA. The program was designed to provide extra assistance, learning opportunities and guidance to PTA programs at Title I schools. This also includes assisting struggling or inactive PTAs to remain active.
The “Adopt a School” initiative launched in 2004 when Woodland Hills Elementary PTA decided to adopt, Title I school, Lakeland Elementary. With the help of PTA parents from all grade levels Lakeland was able to receive extra PTA support for their campus. Not only did the Woodland Hills PTA board and members provide food and supplies for all of the parties at Lakeland but they also provided two volunteers each week for two hours to help with copying, laminating, filing and even tutoring.
Humble ISD PTA Council members have proved that no job is too big or small and they understand the importance of volunteerism. This past year the PTA Council has helped put on 19 different community events and half of them were for Title I schools.
Laura Clarke, 2014-2015 PTA Council President, explained, “Our purpose as PTA volunteers is to provide new ideas and resources that will bring together the community. I want people to know that their voice matters and joining their students school PTA is a great way to be heard.”
Over the years the PTA Council has helped different partnerships grow within the Humble ISD community. Humble ISD Council of PTAs has partnered with the Bear Branch Elementary PTA and National Charity League of Atascocita Springs to organize a clothing boutique called, “The Children’s Closet” for North Belt Elementary.Pine Forest Elementary adopted Humble Elementary and helped with teacher workroom duties. Atascocita Middle School PTA President, Adrian Matthews, gathered her Girls Scout Troop and joined forces with the Humble ISD Council of PTAs to collect new and gently used books for the Northbelt Elementary library and for students to take home, collecting over 2,000 books.
Recently the Humble ISD Council of PTAs Volunteers and Kingwood Park PTSA helped host the first Title I PTA event of the year. The PTA Fall Faculty and Community Membership Luncheon was held at Ross Sterling Middle School. The Kingwood Park PTSA helped sponsor the event and provided the lunch and decorations. Members of the community were invited to enjoy lunch and most importantly receive information about the benefits of supporting the school PTA. These events are held to help increase PTA membership and participation on several Title I campuses.
Over the past two years Kingwood Park PTSA has also dedicated their time to help assist Ross Sterling Middle School with multiple teacher appreciation events, school supply drives and other volunteer assistance. This dedicated group of volunteers has also assisted with North Belt Elementary, Lakeland Elementary, Ridge Creek Elementary and Summer Creek High School. Kingwood Park High School and Bear Branch Elementary PTAs both have budgets designated to assist the Title I schools of their choice.
The Humble ISD Council of PTAs has organized a variety of events, programs and school drives over the past 10 years to help Title I campuses increase PTA membership, support teachers and students.
Jo Leigh Haupt, Title I Coordinator says, “My goals for this year are to increase the PTA memberships at different campuses and to increase awareness of PTA and what united volunteerism in Humble ISD can do for our schools and students.”
Humble ISD’s Council of PTAs has recently recruited several student service groups to help assist with the Title I schools in the area. Humble High School’s Presidential Ambassadors, Kingwood Park’s National Honor Society and Kingwood Park’s Key Club have decided to make a difference in their community by volunteering with the district Title I campuses.
Marilyn Mann, PTA Council Student Services Coordinator explains, “The Humble ISD Council of PTAs are an extra set of hands for the parents, teachers, and staff at the Title I schools and other schools, who need additional assistance. We fill in the gaps."
Being a part of Humble ISD PTA Council is much more than volunteering it is about being present in your community and helping children, as well as teachers have an overall great experience each school year.
For more information please visit humbleisd.net/PTA.