D25 PTA Scholarship
The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs has created TWO different scholarships that provide opportunities for and graduating senior students. Below are the links for each of the scholarship applications.**Please note, all applications for the 2020 PTA Scholarship are closed. Stay tuned for next year's opportunity to enter.**In general, look for specific information at your High School in January. Scholarships are typically due by February.SD25 Achievement Scholarship Application (Application is for graduating high school seniors)SD25 Power of Courage Scholarship Application (Application is for graduating high school seniors)This scholarship is open to any student who spent 3 years in a District 25 school, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 5.0 scale) who plans on attending a post-secondary school as a full or part time student. Applications are reviewed anonymously and recipients are selected on the basis of efforts in the classroom, school and community involvement.If you have any questions, please email Ann Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).Contact us
Arlington Heights PTA Council
Why does PTA matter? What does the Council of PTAs do here in Arlington Heights? See for yourself the benefits of being a part of your PTA.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) matters because it works as the largest and the original parent volunteer group advocating to better children's education, health, safety and well being. PTA is run by volunteer members, and decisions are made democratically by those members. We are all different, but as parents, teachers, administrators, and community members we share similar concerns for our children and youth. In PTA we have the opportunity to take part in influencing a quality education and a nurturing environment for our children.
What is the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs?
We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit PTA organization formed from all nine local unit PTAs here in Arlington Heights. We act as the link between them and Illinois PTA. Unlike the local unit PTA, Illinois PTA, and National PTA who seek individual memberships, a Council is composed of our nine local unit PTAs. The purpose of Council is to promote communication and cooperation among all of our PTAs and to provide them with conference and leadership training. We have executive officers and a board who are elected. With representatives from all nine local unit PTAs in Arlington Heights on our board, we strive to work together with district administrators and the Board of Education on concerns affecting all schools within Arlington Heights School District 25.
We promote the common purposes of National PTA and Illinois PTA, which are:
- To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
- To raise the standards of home life.
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
- To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
Reflections is a National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative and share their talents! The Reflections program invites students to explore their own thoughts, use their imagination, practice critical thinking, learn about various art forms and develop a love for learning that we hope will help them be more successful in school and in life. Students create works of art in any of six different arts categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year. The six arts categories are: Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography and Visual Arts.
The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs Reflections Committee recognizes student participation from Pre-K thru 8th Grade and serves as a resource to local PTAs and local Reflections Reps. Reflections is offered through the Illinois PTA, to find out more at https://illinoispta.org/reflections/
Why join and become involved in your local unit PTA?
We have found that parents like to get involved in their local PTA because it is a way for them to participate in their children's school and to help their children succeed. Decades of research shows when parents are involved, students perform better in school. Children of involved parents also exhibit increased motivation, better self-esteem, less drug and alcohol use, and fewer instances of violent behavior.
Joining your local PTA can also help you meet other parents, learn what's going on at your school, and get to know teachers, principals and other administrators. There are so many ways to become involved in your PTA, and involvement does not have to take alot of time. You are welcome anytime to get involved as much or as little as you have the time to spend.
We do appreciate everyone's membership in PTA, whether you volunteer or not, because your membership helps support a tremendous number of programs and activities that positively impact children in our schools. Here, we name just a few:
- Cultural Arts Events
- Ecology Clubs
- Running Clubs
- Bike Rodeos
- Everybody Counts
- Variety Shows
- Kindergarten Kickoff
- Book Clubs
- Field Days
- Juvenile Protection
Your PTA membership also provides a powerful voice in local governmental decisions on issues that affect children and public education. Simply put, the more members we have, the more powerful our voice becomes for every child.
If you have joined a local PTA, thank you, and please take advantage of the benefits PTA has for you. If you haven't yet joined, please check out your local PTA for yourself. The PTA Websites are just a "click" away in our Contents section to the left.