Readington Home School Association - HSA
Readington Home School Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 700, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889
About the H.S.A. - Building a Partnership with Parents and Staff
The H.S.A. is a non-profit organization developed to foster effective communication between the parents and staff of the Readington Township Schools and to enhance the social and educational benefits our children receive in the school district. The H.S.A. is able to function independently and be totally responsive to the individuals with the greatest interest in its work: the parents, staff and students of the Readington Township Schools.
Why not a P.T.A. or a P.T.O.? Actually, the Readington H.S.A.is a P.T.O! P.T.O. is a generic term that covers groups that operate under their own bylaws and, in large, concern themselves with the goings-on at their building or in their town only. The national P.T.A. is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago. Local groups that choose to belong to the P.T.A. must pay dues to the state and national organization and abide by state and national group rules. In return, they get member benefits and a voice in the operations of the larger organization. The debate between the two forms of organization has been simple to frame: Do we want to be part of something larger and spend our group dollars outside of our school? Or do we want to focus exclusively on improving and creating community at our school?
The founders of the Readington H.S.A. choose the latter. As a result, the H.S.A. is able to function independently and be totally responsive to the individuals with the greatest interest in its work: the parents, staff and students of the Readington Township Schools.
H.S.A. Programs and Activities:
Communication: Back to School Night, weekly Genesis Blasts, PTBoard announcements
Education: Cultural Arts, Mini-Grants, Ihnat/Najaka Awards, Scholarships
Social Activities: Block Parties, Halloween Events, Mini-Courses, Bobcat Bingo, Field Days, Global Village, 8th Grade Picnic
Service Activities: Book Fairs, Clothing Drives, Shopping Incentives (Box Tops), Holiday Shoppe, Homeroom Representatives, Hospitality, Staff Appreciation, Sunshine, School Supply Kits
Fundraising: Invest in Your Child program, Spirit Wear Sales
The H.S.A. Trustees and its many parent volunteers work very hard to provide many opportunities to create a partnership between the “home & school”. We unselfishly serve the parents and staff of the Readington Township Schools in hopes of positively impacting the lives of our children: socially, emotionally and academically.