Pep Rally At Galena Park Elementary Promotes PTA

Houston, Texas: October 17, 2013: Galena Park Elementary School celebrated outstanding participation in their Parent Teacher Association (PTA) membership drive this school year with their fourth annual pep rally for students, faculty, and parents. Principal Lance Lyles and the PTA Executive Board members have worked diligently to increase the amount of parent and community participation in the school. Membership has steadily risen, growing from 430 in 2011 to the current total of 680. This increase qualifies the Galena Park Elementary PTA for the PTA Platinum Award, which is awarded to schools whose total number of memberships exceeds their enrollment.

The purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Family engagement in students’ education increases achievement, improves attendance, and reduces dropout rates. “Parental involvement is the cornerstone for educating a child. It’s a partnership between a school, parents and a community. PTA is the first step in developing that relationship,” said Lance Lyles, GPE Principal.

Teaming up with Galena Park High School, GPE students participated in a pep rally, including performances from the high school band, cheerleaders, drill team and football players. PTA homecoming King and Queen, which is awarded to the two teachers with the most memberships, were also crowned at the rally. GPE Homecoming Queen was first grade teacher, Gerardina Torres, and Homecoming King was fourth grade teacher, Brian Lloyd.

Fourth grade classes, who had the most memberships overall, ran through the inflatable helmet used by the football team while the pep rally attendees cheered. Katie Smithers, GPE Assistant Principal commented, “This is a great opportunity for our elementary students to see what awaits them when they attend high school. We are very grateful to Galena Park High School principal, Tony Gardea, and the faculty for allowing this event to take place.”


Galena Park Elementary Promotes PTA

Pictured: Fourth grade students earned the privilege of running through the varsity football players helmet by signing up the most memberships of any grade level.


Galena Park Elementary Promotes PTA

Pictured: Galena Park Elementary PTA Homecoming King and Queen, fourth grade teacher Brian Lloyd (left) and Gerardina Torres (right).


Galena Park Elementary Promotes PTA

Pictured: Principal Lance Lyle (left) and Assistant Principal Katie Smithers (right) enjoy the pep rally every year.





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