Greenpoint Gazette

Citywide PTA Expo to Foster Community Collaboration

BY Tanay Warerkar

For all the burning questions on how to navigate the often-complicated world of Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) in New York City, Town Square’s first ever NYC PTA Expo this weekend is looking to be the one-stop shop to answering all those conundrums.

More than 30 city schools and their representatives have confirmed their attendance at the Expo so far, which will also include educators, parents, family members, business leaders, representatives from city agencies, past PTA representatives, and a host of local elected leaders all coming together to discuss how to successfully run a PTA, how to be well informed about its workings, and how to be an active participant.

A number of vendors and organizers will also be present at the event, which will be held at P.S. 250 George H. Lindsay Elementary School, on Montrose Avenue, to help PTAs with needs like organizing events, getting sponsors, and to generate more business for the vendors as well.

“We have to use the resources available to us to benefit our schools and our children,” said Susan Anderson, the founder and Chairperson of Town Square. “There are so many resources out there and this is an efficient way of getting that information across. It gives parents like me a better sense of what we can do as a group.”

One of the biggest components of the Expo will be a series of workshops throughout the day, all of which will be overseen by the Department of Education. Workshops offered include a 101 course on PTAs led by Cathy Carlson, a past president of the Staten Island Federation of PTAs, and Rachel Fine, the co-founder of PTALink, a popular online source for navigating PTAs; fundraising for PTAs and schools; utilizing Participatory Budgeting; and the basics of working as a non-profit organization.

Speakers at the event will include Assemblyman Joe Lentol, as well as Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso and Steve Levin.

“The NYC PTA Expo is a great event that will provide parents, PTAs, and PAs with the tools they need to grow the success of their organization,” said Lentol. “We all know that parents make immeasurable contributions to the education of their children and the children of others. While many parents put in the hard-work, they should have the tools to be able to raise money effectively and to make their PTA or PA the best.”

The City, with over 1,700 public schools has the largest concentration of schools in the State, serving over 1 million students.

Registration is still open for the event with tickets priced at $15 for an individual ticket and $25 for a PTA to attend with a chance of bringing unlimited number of representatives from the school or PTA.

NYC PTA Expo, October 5, 12-5 p.m., P.S. 250 George H. Lindsay Elementary School, 108 Montrose Avenue, to purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-nyc-pta-expo-tickets-12838258577 and for more information on the Expo visit www.nycptaexpo.com.

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