So I went to the elementary school PTA meeting on Wednesday night. There were a total of 6 people there including me. I don't know how this compares to our previous school, but the other parents there said that they'd heard that there are regularly 40 or so parents at a couple of the other schools' PTA meetings. I immediately felt sympathy for them. I volunteered to create a website for them, which I'm hoping to get done today. I'm going to use Wordpress so that all the PTA officers can simply log in and post information. I'm pretty excited about it, and I think they'll be happy to have something good to work with.
In comparison to our previous school, I would guess that this school's parents are better off financially in general, but it seems that parent participation isn't particularly high. The parents at the meeting were speculating that perhaps there were more two-income families and so fewer parents with time to commit. Also, we're not nearly as financially well off as the middle school PTA and, I'm guessing, some of the other elementary schools. I hope that the web site/blog can help get more involvement and bring in more money. Right now, the PTA pays for a health and nutrition program for the kindergartners as well as a couple of big activities for the whole school.
This PTA has a much nicer feel to it than any other PTA I've tried to get involved in. It's too bad that more people aren't involved.