Governance & By-Laws

    Nonprofit Status


    Our PTA is both a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and (approval pending) an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) as designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The programs we run enrich the educational opportunities for the students of Fort Cherry.


    Our PTA is also part of a nationwide network.  We are one of nearly 26,000 nonprofits linked to the National PTA, forming a nationwide network of organizations working on behalf of all children and youth. The PTA operates under the authority of the Pennsylvania Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (the Pennsylvania PTA), a branch of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (the National PTA).  In a January 7, 1970 ruling, the IRS granted nonprofit status to the Pennsylvania PTA and to all of its constituent bodies, which includes our PTA.


    Our nonprofit status enables the PTA to:


    • Receive tax deductible donations from individuals, businesses, and other organizations
    • Apply for grants – small and large
    • Provide grant funding to Fort Cherry School District to implement educational improvement programs
    • Be exempt from paying federal taxes on the funds we raise for educational, organizational, and leadership purposes.


    Board of Directors

     The PTA is run by an Executive Board, with representation from all facets of the Fort Cherry community.

    2017 - 2018 Officers

    Michele Wudkwych- President



    PTA officers and executive board members may be reached by calling the Elementary Center office at (724) 796 - 1551.  

    Please feel free to contact us at any time.


    PTA Overview


    Our Mission




    Shrinking budgets. Increasing class sizes. Government mandates. The challenges of delivering quality education are daunting. There is help. It’s the PTA.

    • Our PTA exists to promote children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement. We supplement and enhance the educational environment and programs within our school. We act as partners with the school to help make every child’s potential a reality. 
    • Our PTA supports innovative programs or projects not part of the regular academic curriculum. The PTA’s role is to bring together ideas, people and resources to implement innovative programs that enrich the educational opportunities for students of Fort Cherry.
    • Our PTA speaks on behalf of the children and youth in our schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.
    • Our PTA assists parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children
    • Our PTA encourages parent and public involvement in our schools.


    How to Get Involved in PTA


    Parent, family, and teacher involvement has been shown to improve student success and school quality. More than 30 years of research has proven there are profound and comprehensive benefits. Find out how you can become involved. There are opportunities for everyone – from “behind the scenes” to running a program or just coming to a meeting.


    PTA officers and executive board members may be reached by calling the

    Elementary Center Office at 724.796.1551 ext. 2000 





    PTA Meeting Schedule

    [Elementary Center Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.]

    The Executive Board meets the on the same dates at 6:00 in the Library. 


    PTA meetings are open to the public.  Newcomers are always welcome.

    We look forward to seeing you there! 

    For more information regarding the PTA, visit the links to the left.