Join the South Lakes PTSA!

How can WE help? How can YOU help?

By Paul Thomas | SLHS PTSA President
January 26, 2021

How can WE help?

Our primary goals are to support the South Lakes administration, teachers, and staff in providing a hospitable environment for learning, to help facilitate communication with our SLHS families, and to provide praise and recognition for our students and staff. As a member of the Fairfax County, Virginia, and National PTSAs, we support their work for all U.S. school children and educators. Specifically, we:  

  • Prepare and serve Teacher Appreciation meals to the entire school staff

  • Offer engaging programs and informative community-oriented meetings on the second Wednesday of each month

  • Support the student government in their school spirit activities from Homecoming through Prom

  • Provide funds for teacher mini-grants, purchasing specialty equipment, supplies, and experiences for academic departments as needed

  • Fund several thousand dollars in college scholarships

  • Plan and run an amazing All Night Grad Party where our graduates celebrate together in a safe setting

  • Organize and sustain the SLHS PTSA Food Pantry that supports over 100 families a week

  • Foster communication and relationships between the diverse communities and entities that make up SLHS

  • Help to support and build community by matching volunteers and SLHS needs

How can YOU help?

  • Become a PTSA member. Membership funds support our goals. Invest in your children and our community. Students: Invest in yourself.

  • Volunteer. Find one or two things, and do them well. Help with the Book Drive, deal cards at the ANGP, make a casserole during Staff Appreciation, take out the trash when its all done. It feels really good.

  • Show gratitude. Tell someone thanks for making South Lakes great. Everyone who showed up today contributed: making the computers work, sweeping the floor, scheduling the rooms, answering the phones, passing on interesting knowledge, relaying that really funny story. Those things make each each day fantastic.

Learn more by visiting us at

Paul Thomas | @email