President’s Letter

Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Friends,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year Gators! I am so glad that you took the time to check our website. Here at Alston Ridge Elementary (ARE) our goal is the success of your child(ren). They are our focus and with your help, together, we can help them achieve their goals.

It is an honor to serve as the PTA President this year!  I come to you as a dad of two children who will be attending this year, as well as a spouse who has been working here for the past two years.  As a dad, my desire is to remain aware of my child’s academic progress as well as feel like a part of the Alston Ridge family.  Thus, it is my aim to ensure that the PTA creates opportunities for families to be involved in your child’s learning experience and connect to the greater Alston Ridge community.

Here are a few reasons why your support is needed this year:

  • By becoming a PTA member, you will display to your child(ren) the importance of their education.
  • By serving on the PTA Board or on another committee, you get to be a part of the solution, helping to make change.
  • By volunteering with the PTA, you get to use your skills to serve your child, their teachers, and our community.

I look forward to YOU joining the Alston Ridge Elementary PTA and supporting OUR school, staff, and students with your specific skills. We are always looking for smiling faces and helping hands.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Darrick Smith

PTA President (