PTA Memories

Testimonials from PTA members

Dee Dee Kornman
1991-2006 | Grant Elementary PTA, Winship Jr. High PTA, Eureka High PTSA

When our son reached school age, one of the first things my husband and I did was join the PTA. We did this because we were expected to join. My parents had always been in the PTA, and my mother was board president several times over the years. Little did I know that signing up with this group would put me smack dab in the middle of the action! Not only did these PTA parents know what was happening on campus – they were making a lot of it happen. Our board provided direction and focus; the members contributed fresh ideas and limitless labor, and together we were able to accomplish incredible things for the benefit of our children. This was true from kindergarten all the way to cap-and-gown time.

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Judy Miller
1993 – 2007 | Grant Elementary PTA, Winship Jr. High PTA, Eureka High PTSA, 22nd District PTA

If I could turn back time to the day I was approached to join PTA (as my oldest child was entering Kindergarten) I definitely would!  I would even accept the position on the PTA board as Auditor that first year all over again.  I can think of no better way to make friends, to get to know the teachers, the principal, as well as the children that became my two son’s friends.

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Melinda Ciarabellini
1992 – 2005 | Grant Elementary PTA, Winship Jr. High PTA, Eureka High PTSA, 22nd District PTA

I first became a member of the Grant Elementary School PTA on my son’s first day in Kindergarten (Sept. 1992).  I had taken the morning off work to help my son “transition” into his first day of public school.  He was excited and posed proudly for a first-day-at-school picture with his Ninja Turtle backpack and lunch box.  We walked into the classroom; he gave me a hug and said, “Bye Mom, you can leave now.”  It was then that I realized that it was me who needed to “transition” and accept that my little boy would be just fine without me.

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