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Grandview School District Forms First PTA

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GRANDVIEW, Wash.--More than 500 kids walk the hallways and fill the classrooms of Arthur H. Smith Elementary School in Grandview. Now, some of their parents join in and get involved in their children's education.

"Kids are going to feel more supported, and when you feel more supported by a team then they're going to do well both socially and academically," said Kevin Chase, the Superintendent for the Grandview School District.

"They feel proud that their parents are here," said Micaela Razo. "They feel proud that mom is helping and actually just it lightens up their day. That's mainly what I've seen in my kiddos."

For the first time in the district's history, Grandview formed a Parent Teacher Association. Parent and founder Micaela Razo said a lot of the children's moms and dads are migrant people, and making parents feel comfortable enough to speak out is sometimes difficult. But soon over 100 parents started showing up at the meetings.

"It was really heart-warming to see these parents make that, and sit there and say I'm here because I want a better education for my children," said Razo.

One fifth grader said she can't wait to see the benefits that PTA brings to her school.

"We're getting to do new fundraisers to help our school, like with new assemblies and field trips to get us more happy," said Julia Sanchez.

"Our children are our future, and if we can't educate them and give them the right curriculum and the right supplies that they need for our school, where are we leading our future too," said Razo.

The Superintendent said PTA is not just an opportunity for parents to get involved locally, but also statewide and nationally. This could come in handy when the next school year rolls around, and Grandview could see half a million dollars taken out of their budget.

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