As evidenced by this photo, I was clearly at my prime in 1988. You know what’s not at its prime? Texas public school funding. On that note, you’re hearing a lot of about two really important things happening in the next week: PTA Auction and PTA Rally Day.
PTA Rally Day (on February 25th) is a time for us to gather with the other almost 500,000 PTA members state-wide to head to Austin to let state legislators know the broken school funding model has to change. You joined PTA because you believe in supporting Travis. But PTA supports more than just localized concerns. You are part of a nationwide network of members that want to see every public school child’s potential become a reality. As a start, come be part of that conversation with Texas legislators at Rally Day. RSVP HERE or contact PTA Legislative Action co-chair Ruby Powers for more details.
And we’re having fun planning Auction (boy, are we ever), and we’ll all have fun AT Auction. We Auction for the party and for our parents, but we also do it to raise vital funds for our school. Fundraising isn’t always fun, so we’ve made the struggle of providing a significant amount of extra financial support to Travis as hopped up awesome as we can. But make no mistake - almost ALL the financial support PTA gives Travis is raised at this one event. We Auction to pay for the garden, for extra teacher aides, for the science lab, for field trips, for extra writing and math curriculum, for in-school programming... and so very much more. For 2019-20, there is an additional loss projected of $210 per student in HISD. And that’s on top of the $90 per student lost in 2018-19. These cuts hit Travis particularly hard as we claim the dubious honor of being one of the *LOWEST FUNDED* HISD schools on a per student basis. For all these reasons - for the fun and for the funding, Auction matters.
I hope to see you there on Saturday, February 23, if for no other reason than to help me feel a little cooler in *this* version of the 80s. Grab your ticket HERE. Can't make it in person but still want to support PTA? Sponsor Auction HERE OR grab a sign up party ticket HERE.
Get in where you fit in to help make this an Auction to remember!
-Jenny Teague, Travis PTA President