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Students encouraged to join PTSA board

By Caleb Hawkins and Lenlen Pinaoan | Staff Writers 

January 23, 2012

They meet once a month.

The decisions they make can affect the future of our school.

They have tamales, chips and salsa.

And they want you.

DP’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is reaching out to students in an effort to get then more involved in their meetings.

“We so want to be a group that includes input from all of the major groups: parents, teachers and students,” said Carrie Hawn the PTSA’s new president.

“I think that student input is just as valuable. Now that you are older and you really can not only help but give your opinions and your ideas in a very thought provoking and helpful way, we just want to hear what you have to say and to hear what’s important to you.”

The group is important to all aspects of DP from after-prom to the Back to School Night interpretors.

And it all starts with coming to the meetings.

“Once you do that then you’ll hear discussions going on and  find ways that maybe you can help,” Hawn says.

Perhaps the center piece of the November 5 meeting was the presentation from seniors Liam Cardenas and Erwan Lent. These two students have developed an emergency alert response system to fill a current need in the district.

“I have had a great experience working with the PTSA,” said Cardenas. “They are very supportive of any student who wishes to participate.”

Not that student members have to do something that complex to be an important part of the PTSA. At their bi-monthly meetings they discuss school finances and program issues. By paying $10 in dues to help fund the organization and ultimately the school, you can have a say in these ever important issues.

“If we have some sort of controversial issue come up and lots of people came in and wanted to be a part of the conversation that would be great, but only those who have payed their membership dues would be allowed to vote when it came right down to it,” says Hawn.

And they are involved all aspects of DP. The group decides how to use its resources to better the school during its meetings.

“We actually get requests sometimes, and we have to decide does that really serve a great majority of the students or does it only serve a tiny little population?”

But there are more advantages to being in the PTSA than just apportioning money. It can keep you informed on school news and developments in the district.  It also looks good on college applications and on job resumes.

“It’s a great experience for students,” Hawn says. “As you move on and you move into the college level because you see how boards work, how groups with membership work, and that’s going to serve you well in your work life or your school life beyond high school.”

Their next meeting will be on Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. to show off the Reflections competition entries.

Students are encouraged to participate in the PTSA to get their voices heard on important school issues. (Caleb Hawkings / Photo)

Students are encouraged to participate in the PTSA’s bi-monthly meetings to get their voices heard on important school issues. (Caleb Hawkings / Photo)

About Caleb Hawkins

Caleb has lived in Santa Barbara his whole life. This is currently second year with the Charger Account and his senior year. He STILL doesn't think you need to know any more than that.

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