My daughter's school is pretty new (only two years old) and the PTA has had a hard time getting off the ground. There are only 60 members and most of them are teachers and there are 600 students in the school.
I'm new to the PTA Board and I love a challenge but I need your help!!
How do you boost a PTA that is having a hard time getting on its feet.
At first I was thinking a membership drive contest in the fall....but since parents aren't really educated on the PTA...the contest might flop??
Would highly recommend watching this
of our Tim (PTO Today's founder) talking about how to move parents up the involvement ladder. His talk is loaded with great insight on what keeps parents from getting involved and tips on ways to inspire them to volunteer.
A simple but powerful way to get more parents involved is our
Two-Hour Power Pledge program
. We hear from parent groups all the time that this works wonders!
Another key is focusing on building community first.
School Family Nights
are a terrific way to accomplish this. The nice thing is that the kits are free and they are chock full of all the steps you need to take to make the night success -- making it easier to find someone to to help with the event.
we have found that if we focus too much on the membership drive it turns a lot of people off. Instead we do a parent pot luck at the beginning of the year. It's cheap, it lets parents get to know each other and it shows that we are not just about fundraising. We do a numbers game so people rotate where there they sit and we also do a a get to know you game.
Wow, 60 members is better than my son's school that has been around forever! I went to my first meeting and there were only teachers on the board and they were surprised when 5 parents showed up (2 were a couple).