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Celebrate and share your group’s work and you could win cash and prizes for your school. Whether you’re a PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc., entering PTO Today’s 2015 Parent Group of the Year search is easy, and all K-8 parent groups are eligible!

2015 Parent Group of the Year

Apply Now for 2015 Parent Group of the Year

We want to shine a spotlight on the great, often underappreciated, work being done by parent groups at elementary and middle schools across the country. Enter in as many categories as you’d like; we’ll automatically consider you for the National Parent Group of the Year and Judge’s Choice awards. Just download the entry form and enter via email or mail.

National Parent Group of the Year

The Parent Group of the Year has superior all-around involvement efforts and emphasizes a variety of accomplishments and activities, including family events. All entrants are automatically considered for this award.

Judges' Choice

A parent group that shows overall outstanding effort or outstanding focus in a particular program or event area, selected by the judges from among the entries.

2014 Winners

7 Categories

Outstanding Parent Group at a Small School

(200 students or fewer)
Creatively supports parent involvement and student achievement, even with a limited base of volunteers.

Outstanding Parent Group at a Private or Parochial School

Religious or secular school parent group that shows a commitment to school/home connections.

Outstanding Focus on Academics & Enrichment

An event or program that supplemented the school’s offerings in the arts or a curriculum area, or supported goals for improvement in those areas.

Outstanding Family Event

An activity for parents and kids together, especially if it also enhances families' connection to the school.

Outstanding Major Project or Program

A special effort to enhance any aspect of teaching, learning, or student recreation, especially if it has a unique impact.

Outstanding Outreach to a Diverse School Community

Successfully and consistently involves parents and families from different cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc., in the group’s efforts and activities throughout the year.

Outstanding Community Service Project

A project spearheaded by the parent group, with involvement by students, parents, faculty, and/or administrators to benefit others.

Why should we enter?

Enter the Parent Group of the Year search to showcase all your hard work and increase awareness about your group. Choose from seven categories, including Outstanding Family Event and Outstanding Community Service Project, and we'll automatically consider you for Judges' Choice and the grand prize of National Parent Group of the Year.

There are so many great stories to tell—why not share yours? Tell us about an event/activity or what you do best. Tell us about accomplishments your group has had throughout the school year.

National Parent Group of the Year



Prizes for category winners:

$500 each


How can we enter?

Entering is simple!

  1. Decide on your group's strongest category—and remember, you can pick more than one! It's up to you. You'll automatically be entered for the grand prize.
  2. Write a few pages or more about what your group did, why you did it, and the results.
  3. Send it to PTO Today via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mail it to Parent Group of the Year Search, PTO Today, 100 Stonewall Blvd., Suite 3, Wrentham, MA 02093.

You can get more creative by including materials or information from the events and activities your group sponsors, but it's not required. Tell us what you did, how you did it, and the results for a specific project or the entire school year. It's that simple. More hints for Parent Group of the Year entries.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Winners are featured in the September issue of PTO Today, on, or both. Read more about the nine prizewinners by clicking the links below, and find out more about past winners in the Parent Group Hall of Fame.

National Parent Group of the Year:
Rosemont Ridge Middle School PTO, West Linn, Ore.

Judges' Choice:
Lyons Elementary PTO, Lyons, Colo.

Outstanding Parent Group at a Small School:
Inyokern Elementary PTO, Inyokern, Calif.

Outstanding Parent Group at a Private or Parochial School:
St. Patrick Catholic School Parent Association, Tacoma, Wash.

Outstanding Focus on Academics & Enrichment:
Grand Valley Elementary PTO, Orwell, Ohio
Runner-up: Meadowbrook Farms Elementary PTG, East Greenwich, R.I.

Outstanding Family Event:
East Oakview Elementary PTC, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Outstanding Major Project or Program:
Trailridge Elementary PTA, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Outstanding Outreach to a Diverse School Community:
Reed Elementary PTO, Kuna, Idaho

Outstanding Community Service Project:
Pioneer Heritage Middle School PTO, Frisco, Texas

The following groups were selected as Honorable Mention:

  • AC Reynolds Middle School PTO, Asheville, N.C.
  • Alexander Hamilton Elementary HAT, Chicago, Ill.
  • All Souls School Family Guild, Alhambra, Calif.
  • Ardmore School PTA, Villa Park, Ill.
  • Ashby Elementary PTC, Ashby, Mass.
  • Austin Discovery School PTO, Austin, Texas
  • Bear Creek Elementary PTO, Bend, Ore.
  • BelovED community Charter School PTO, Jersey City, N.J.
  • Benjamin Martin Elementary PTA, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Black Mountain Elementary PTO, Black Mountain, N.C.
  • Boone Park Elementary PTA, North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Brummitt Elementary PTO, Chesterton, Ind.
  • Campbell Park Elementary PTA, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Central Christian School PTF, Hutchinson, Kan.
  • Charles D. Harrington Elementary PTO, North Chelmsford, Mass.
  • Concord Elementary PTO, Edina, Minn.
  • Cottage Street School PTO, Sharon, Mass.
  • Crews Lake K-8 PTSO, Spring Hill, Fla.
  • Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary PTA, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Fair Lawn Association for Special Education Districtwide PTO, Fair Lawn, N.J.
  • Fairacres Elementary PTO, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Fred Wild Elementary PTO, Sebring, Fla.
  • Greenfield Elementary PTO, Greenfield, N.H.
  • Highland Elementary PTO, Highland, Mich.
  • Highland Grade School and Monroe Center Elementary Meridian Elementary PTO, Stillman Valley, Ill.
  • Horizon Elementary PTO, Hanover Park, Ill.
  • Howe Elementary PTC, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • International Leadership of Texas Garland Elementary PTO, Garland, Texas
  • Jeffery Primary School PTO, Glenshaw Pa.
  • Keene's Crossing Elementary PTO, Windermere, Fla.
  • Kellar Primary School PTO, Peoria, Ill.
  • Kilgour School PTA, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Lemons Mill Elementary PTA, Georgetown, Ky.
  • Lexington Avenue Primary Center ELAC, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Macedonia Elementary PTA, Canton, Ga.
  • Madison Meadows Middle School PTM, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Makefield Elementary PTO, Yardley, Pa.
  • Malakoff Elementary PTO, Malakoff, Texas
  • Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School HSA, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
  • Mather Elementary Parent Council, Dorchester, Mass.
  • Matthews Elementary PTO, Matthews, N.C.
  • Ness Elementary PTO, Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • New Voices Middle School/MS 443 PA, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • North Elementary PTO, Colonial Heights, Va.
  • Orangewood School PTA, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Patriot Elementary PTO, Papillion, Neb.
  • Pecan Park Elementary PTO, Ocean Springs, Miss.
  • Peeples Elementary PTO, Fayetteville, Ga.
  • Pelahatchie Elementary PTO, Pelahatchie, Miss.
  • Pillager Elementary PTO, Pillager, Minn.
  • Poinsettia Elementary PTA, Carlsbad, Calif.
  • PS 1 PTA, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • PS244Q PTA, Flushing, N.Y.
  • Public School 65 The Academy of Innovative Learning PTA, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Queen of the Rosary School Parents Club, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Richfield STEM School PTO, Richfield, Minn.
  • Ridgway Christian School RPAT, Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Riley Elementary PTO, Dewitt, Mich.
  • Rock Bridge Elementary PTA, Columbia, Mo.
  • Roxborough Primary & Intermediate School PTOC, Roxborough, Colo.
  • Rutledge Elementary PTO, Rutledge, Tenn.
  • Silver Gate Elementary FSG, San Diego, Calif.
  • South End Elementary PTO, Plantsville, Conn.
  • St. Joseph School Parent Guild, Redding, Calif.
  • Steppingstone School SPARC, Farmington Hills, Mich.
  • Stratford Landing Elementary PTA, Alexandria, Va.
  • The Sage School Parent Association, Foxboro, Mass.
  • Thomas Ditson Elementary DSA, Billerica, Mass.
  • Titusville Intermediate School PARP, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Tunbridge Public Charter School PTO, Baltimore, Md.
  • Union Heights Elementary PTO, Morristown, Tenn.
  • Veeder Elementary PTA, Albany, N.Y.
  • Waterside School Parent Council, Stamford, Conn.
  • Wetmore Elementary PTA, San Antonio, Texas
  • William E. Snyder Elementary PTO, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • William Floyd Elementary PTO, Shirley, N.Y.
  • Winn Elementary Parents Club, Winn, Mich.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can enter?

PTO Today's Parent Group of the Year search is open to all elementary and middle school (K-8) parent groups: PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc. Parent groups at other schools such as high schools may still enter, but should be aware that the main audience of PTO Today is K-8 parent groups.

2. How many categories can my group enter?

Groups may enter in as many categories as they wish.

3. How many winners will be selected?

Nine winners will be chosen, one in each of seven individual categories plus a national winner and judges' choice winner. We'll also name several dozen honorable mentions, and every group that enters will receive a certificate of achievement.

4. Does PTO Today promote the winning groups?

Winners will be featured on and/or in the September issue of PTO Today magazine.

5. When will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified in late summer.

6. Will my entry materials be returned?

Entries are held for review until the September issue of PTO Today magazine is published. If you'd like your materials returned, please feel free to contact us in September.

7. Who sponsors the Parent Group of the Year search?

PTO Today organizes, runs, and judges the annual Parent Group of the Year search.

Helpful Hints

1. Get together with your group and decide on your group's strongest category (or categories).

2. Work with your group to coordinate the necessary materials—make it an activity and reflect on what you've accomplished for your school.

3. Don't be afraid to brag; this is your chance to get recognition for all your hard work!

4. Judges favor groups that create a plan and follow through on it. The judges also tend to favor groups with a strong focus on parent involvement.

5. Be creative with your entry. Include photos, reviews, testimonials from parents and teachers, newspaper clippings, web links—you name it! It's not required, but the more information you send, the easier it will be to see just how fabulous your year has been. Winners don't necessarily have the most elaborate entries, however; it can be as simple as a basic Word document, as long as it demonstrates why your group deserves to be recognized.

6. Remember that outstanding groups come in all shapes and sizes. It's what you've achieved that counts.

7. Start preparing your entry now. Save, collect, and organize information from each of your activities as you hold them. You'll find information more quickly and easily when putting together your entry.