PTA Membership Is An Investment In Your Child's Education
To sign up to join Grady Elementary PTA, click here on the Membership Form.
Grady Elementary PTA's mission is to enhance every child's educational experience and help ensure that Grady Elementary is an inclusive, caring place for all students and their families.
What we do: Our PTA administers Grady's After School Enrichment Program, which offers clubs like Robotics, Chess, Spanish, Basketball and Art. We promote arts in education by administering the Reflections Art Contest and building the backdrop for the Spring Musical. We support teachers by providing them with teaching supplies and $1,000/grade in mini-grants for technology, curriculum, or even to pay the honorarium for a popular children's author to speak at the school (last year we funded more than $11,000 in grants and teaching supplies).
Our projects: In 2017, we completed the replacement of the Grady perimeter fence with an aluminum fence that is more secure and attractive than the fence it replaced. Grady's administration is committed to keeping the school clean, safe and well maintained.
We also directly have improved children's classroom experiences. In 2016, we funded $10,000 in classroom laptop replacements and software upgrades. The laptops we replaced work the smart boards and/or mimeos in each classroom. Additionally, each year we fund sums toward teacher salaries to administer a free after school tutoring program called ELP.
How we raise money: Grady Elementary PTA has two large fundraisers a year: the Tiger Trek Walkathon to be held on November 17, 2017 and a Spring Silent Auction. We hold many events during the year including Tiger Tears (first day boo-hoo breakfast), Grandparents' Breakfast, Fall Festival and the Spring Musical.
About our membership: Our PTA is a 100% Membership PTA, and has been for years. Parents and Teachers are expected to join and participate in our PTA. Notably, every single employee of Grady Elementary, whether a teacher or not, is a member of the PTA. Grady's employees care greatly about our PTA.
Awards & Recognition: Our PTA has won numerous awards for volunteering and participation. In 2017, PTA dad, Michael Gaines, won the Hillsborough County Superman Award for volunteering. In 2015, our PTA won the Hillsborough County Superintendent's Award for parent involvement. Our school has won an award for best Instructor, Media Specialist Nicholas Tsourakis, in 2016. Principal Kristine Dosal was awarded County-wide Principal of the Year by the Hillsborough County Council PTA in 2014.
Communication: Grady Elementary PTA communicates to its members through the Tiger Talk email system and paper flyers that come home in backpacks. There are always opportunities to volunteer by reaching out to Ms. Richmond or Ms. Valenti in the front office or contacting our VP of Volunteers at Volunteers@gradytigers.org.
Volunteering: Volunteering is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. Whether you volunteer in your child's classroom, serve as homeroom parent, make copies for teacher in the Copy Center, set up chairs for an event, or bring treats for a classroom party, your contributions are both expected and greatly appreciated. Collectively, our contributions yield great results for our school.
Please join today! To join Grady Elementary PTA, please click on the Membership Form link under the Related links on the right side of the page.