First published in the Aug. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
By Lori Little
Burbank Council PTA President
My name is Lori Little, and I am proudly serving as the Burbank Council Parent Teacher Association President for the 2022-2023 school year.
We are very excited for the start of school this year. Last year, we slowly returned to campus and established a “new normal.” Safety remained a concern, so we figured out how to serve our school communities in new and creative ways. Despite all of the additional restrictions due to COVID, the Burbank PTAs were still able to donate 56,867 volunteer hours to our schools last year, which would equate to $2,022,191, if it were paid time. We are looking forward to increasing that number this year, as our volunteers will have more access to campuses to provide more programs for our students.
As we begin a new school year, it is important to remember that at its core, PTA is an advocacy organization. This is an election year with open seats on our School Board and City Council. While PTA does not support individual candidates, we do encourage our members to make their voices heard and VOTE! We will be partnering with the League of Women Voters to host a candidate forum, and some of our units will be holding voter registration drives.
Please join your local school’s PTA unit today and partner with us to support state and federal funding for schools, which will prevent layoffs, reduce class sizes, and protect essential programs and services our students need.
Want to support Burbank schools? Join all 16 of our PTAs today. Visit our website to become a “Champion for Children” PTA member at www.BurbankCouncilPTA.org.
Join PTA today: Include, Invite, Involve, Unite!