Parents should join the PTO if it fits with their plan concerning how they want to be involved in their child's school environment. For me being the "Room Mom" is where it's at! I learn more about their classmates, their parents, and their teacher. Its great to attend a PTO meeting, but it's not necessary to join the PTO to "know" what's going on in your child's school life.
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