Parent-teacher associations helping local students achieve

Posted at 8:48 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 02:44:29-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — PTAs are started by parents - some school have them, some don't.

Stuckey Elementary School is raising the bar when it comes to PTAs. They have a strong group, that is seeing results.

They hold their "Moms and Muffins" event every year. Hundreds line up.

Pastries, juice, coffee and special photos with mom - it makes the kids proud and, it all boils down to mom being at school.

"The more involved you are in your students day, the better I believe my children perform," PTA member Suzanne Shkorupa said.

The Stuckey elementary school PTA knows how to do it.

They get this message across to parents in their school community. Do as little, or as much as you can, BE A PART OF IT.

"I think there is a misconception. A lot with parents think it means they have to be at every event. That's not the case - definitely break that up to determine who's going to what but with involvement still there," Shkorupa said.

PTA members also help in the classroom when they can.

Principal Joelle Mills says this all leads to school achievement and parent awareness.

"They also do a good job of promoting the day to day work that goes on in the school, so we've seen a huge increase in our parent involvement in the classrooms and coming in to help kids," Mills said.

"The biggest thing is my kids get excited when they know I'm at the school; there's a sense of pride when I'm here at the school. I feel that as a parent I get to know the teachers they get to know me, there's an open relationship - it's easier to have a conversation," Shkorupa said.

Many schools don't even have a PTA. But, don't worry, there's help.

"They can reach out to the Lake Mead Council which is the Nevada PTA, and they can help them set up. They have money set aside for anybody that may want to start a PTA so they have funds put aside so they can help with start-up costs and they do loans," PTA President, Stephanie Jaynes said.

Here's a link to the Lake Mead Council's Facebook group, you can also find the Nevada PTA online.

And don't worry dads, Stuckey holds "Dads and Donuts" at a later date.