Community Interaction and Outreach
In the School District
Ardsley PTA efforts are also directed toward programs for the whole district...
Each year, our town-hall style Principals' Panel gives the community a chance to hear what's happening in our schools from the people who run them. This popular event allows parents to raise any issues they might have and ask any questions of the principals and Dr. Allan.
Every June, the PTA gives out 13 scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled in academics and/or athletics, have shown leadership skills in both school and extra-curricular activities, and make strong positive contributions to the Ardsley community.
At the annual Jenkins Award ceremony, the PTA recognizes retiring teachers and staff, and acknowledges the contributions of individuals who have gone above and beyond in their service to Ardsley youth. It's always one of the highlights of the year, and everyone leaves proud to be part of this warm, caring community.
In the Broader Community
Ardsley PTA is focused on strengthening the ties within our district and to our entire community...
For several years, the PTA has initiated and supported ArdsleyCares activities, including providing families with hands-on volunteer opportunities on ArdsleyCares Day and throughout the year. The committee also reaches out to individual students and families in our district who may be struggling. Whether it's calling to offer support when there has been a tragedy or offering assistance to students in need with a voucher for the book fair, help renting an instrument, or funding to assist with the cost of class trips, part of our mission is ensuring that every student has the chance to participate in the many educational opportunities our district offers.
Last year, during our 2nd annual Hunger Awareness Week, our Ardsley families donated 884 items and sorted thousands of pounds of food to the Food Bank of Westchester; served meals to the homeless at the Sharing Community soup kitchen; and prepared
brunch and dinner buffets for families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Valhalla.
The CRS Book Swap last spring was a win for all involved. Families got to clean out their bookshelves, students got to purchase "new" books for the summer at low prices, and we raised enough to send two kids to the summer literacy program and support ArdsleyCares Day projects at our schools. Win-win-win!