The Bell PTSA is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and is part of the largest volunteer, child-advocacy group in the country. The Bell PTSA has advocacy at the core of everything we do. In addition to our advocacy work, we focus on providing educational enrichment opportunities to Bell students, building our community connection, and giving back to our community. Below is more information about the work we do in each area.
The PTSA's exclusive interest is the health, welfare, safety, and education of your children. Children cannot vote and do not participate in the legislative process. Thus, they have no say in creating the policies that affect their lives and well-being. The PTSA allows you to speak for the interest of your children when you cannot be there yourself. Whether in Washington D.C., Olympia, or in your own city government offices, everywhere decisions are made that affect your children. The PTSA is speaking on behalf of your children. This has always been, and always will be, the central focus of the PTSA. Many programs we see in our schools today (e.g., kindergarten, pre-school, hot lunches, and arts in education) are the result of the PTSA's advocacy efforts. To learn more about the advocacy work we are doing at Bell, visit our advocacy page.
Giving Back to Our Community
Bell PTSA provides grants to teachers and specialists every year, offers support in the school via volunteerism, provides food, clothing, and other necessities to Bell families via the Pantry Packs and Bell Families-in-Need programs, organizes holiday gift drives and teacher appreciation events, does sustainability work in the community, provides student scholarships, and much more. Additionally, Bell PTSA provides substantial funding to improve our school - below are a few recent examples:
- $7.300 to fund risers for the music room (2022)
- $10,000 to fund a library book expansion program focused on improving diversity (2021)
- $16,00 to fund a a portion of the playground project (2022)
- More than $10,000 is budgeted each year to fund grants for Bell staff and teachers.
Bell PTSA continues to prioritize educational enrichment via a number of different program. Below are examples of Bell PTSA educational enrichment programs:
- Art program
- Before and After-School Enrichment Classes
- Book Exchange
- Book Fair
- Egg Drop
- Math Competitions
- Reflections of Art
- School Play
- S.T.E.A.M. Night & Science Day
- Talent Show
Each year, the Bell PTSA funds and organizes events that bring our community together. Below are examples of our work around community connection:
- Coffee & Community
- Harvest Party
- Incoming Kindergarten Playdate
- Multicultural Night
- Outstanding Educator and Golden Acorn Award
- Popcorn Fridays
- PTSA community meetings
- Spring Dance
- Summer Playdates
- Walk to School Week
- Website - We launched this website in 2021 to enhance communication and transparency
- Weekly Newsletter - We send out our weekly newsletter, the Bulldog Blast to keep our community informed and connected.
- Yearbook creation
Your donations, involvement, and membership have a direct impact on your student(s) and the quality of their school. The PTSA has the ability, more than any other organization, to make a school a better place for your student(s) to learn. We do this by addressing the needs of our schools. You can help identify those needs and develop solutions. We hope you will get involved and be part of the amazing work we do!
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