PTAs work to promote programs and weave art into the culture and curriculum of the schools.Alexandra Helfrich has always been a creative person, so when she sent her child to a school arts camp during the summer at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, she made a few suggestions.
She had no idea what she was getting herself into.
"A very wise person once said, 'Don't make a complaint unless you're ready to do something about it,'" Helfrich said.
Before she knew what had happened, Helfrich assumed a roll that many parents are playing across the district -- creating what they call an "arts revolution" in the elementary schools.
Parents spend countless hours raising money, writing grant proposals, and even teaching classes themselves. Many estimate they spend 20 hours each week organizing classes, fundraisers and events.