Urgent Call for Parent Involvement

posted Aug 4, 2014, 5:37 PM by Tom Reeve
Dear Community Member:

Ten (10) years ago, when Holliston first appeared on my “radar” during my search for my first
Superintendency, I remember that one of the major factors that attracted me to Holliston and
ultimately led to my decision to apply here was the significant amount of parental involvement in the
schools.  After my arrival, I was astounded to learn just how deep that involvement ran and how
important and integral it was to the success of our school district.

Over the past decade, however, that participation level has fallen off significantly and now stands at an
alarmingly‐low level, compared to where it was just a decade before.  During the past three years, one
parent organization (the Holliston Education Foundation (HEF)) has gone on hiatus due to a lack of
interest in serving on the Board and now our primary volunteer parent organization, the Holliston PTSA,
finds itself at a critical juncture.  The following letter from the outgoing Board of Directors of the
Holliston PTSA describes the organization’s current status and invites you to come to a meeting on
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Holliston High School Library to learn how you can become
more actively involved in your schools.  I am strongly adding my voice to that request.

Parents often ask me the question: “What is the one thing I can do as a parent to help my child be more
successful in school?”  The answer to that question is easy:  volunteer in your child’s school! Study after
study links high levels of parental involvement with individual student success.  Moreover, those same
studies also say that the older the student, the more important it is for parents to volunteer in their
child’s school.   In order for our schools to remain successful, we MUST maintain an energetic, viable and
self‐sustaining level of parental volunteers here in Holliston.  Don’t wait for someone else to step up to
the plate!  Please make the commitment to do more – your children’s education will benefit and you will
benefit as well.

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Dear Fellow Holliston School Parent:

A lack of volunteers and individuals willing to take on leadership roles in the organization have led to
stagnation and PTSA is in danger of dissolution.   

Holliston PTSA is a tax‐exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that is run by a Board of Directors at the town‐
wide level.  Each school complex has its own dedicated group:  High School: HSPTSA; Adams: MSPTSA;
Elementary: HEPTSA.  Volunteerism remains robust at the elementary level; however, it has been on the
decline at all levels for several years.  The organizations biggest fundraiser of the year, the auction, did
not take place this year for lack of volunteers.  As such, next year PTSA‐sponsored programs – such as
the ones below ‐ will not be fully funded and may not continue:
  • Culture Connection
  • Teacher Grant Appropriations
  • Parent Education Forums
  • Reflections Art Competition
  • Ski and Snowboard Program
  • Graduating Senior Scholarships
Board members are needed at the town‐wide Board level, and all school complex levels.  In the event
that Boards are not seated for the next academic year, Holliston PTSA will be unable to fulfill its
responsibilities under the national charter which threatens our tax‐exempt status.  

Please consider answering this call and being part of the solution.  This issue will be discussed at the
upcoming PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Holliston High School Library.  As
always, volunteer forms can be filled out at www.hollistonptsa.org.