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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 2016 Parent Group of the Year search is easy, and all K-8 parent groups are eligible!

This year's search is now closed. Check back later this summer for a list of winners.

2016 Parent Group of the Year

This year's Parent Group of the Year search is now closed.

We want to shine a spotlight on the great, often under-appreciated, 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.

2015 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 10 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:
Roxborough (Colo.) Primary & Intermediate PTIC

Judges' Choice:
P.S. 23 Carter G. Woodson Elementary Parent Group, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sebastian Middle School PTO, St. Augustine, Fla.

Outstanding Parent Group at a Small School:
Unadilla (N.Y.) Elementary PTO

Outstanding Parent Group at a Private or Parochial School:
Cascade Summit Montessori CSP, West Linn, Ore.
Runner-up: Rainbow Community School Parent Council, Asheville, N.C.

Outstanding Focus on Academics & Enrichment:
Birch Meadow Elementary PTO, Reading, Mass.
Runner-up: Edison Elementary PTA, Appleton, Wis.

Outstanding Family Event:
White Bear Lake (Minn.) Early Childhood PTA

Outstanding Major Project or Program:
Matsunaga Elementary School/Longview School PTA, Germantown, Md.
Runner-up: Heard Magnet Elementary PTO, Dothan, Ala.

Outstanding Outreach to a Diverse School Community:
Brayton Elementary PTO, Summit, N.J.

Outstanding Community Service Project:
Medill Elementary PTO, Lancaster, Ohio

The following groups were selected as Honorable Mention:

  • Antelope Ridge Elementary PTColo., Aurora, Colo.
  • Ardmore Elementary PTA, Villa Park, Ill.
  • Baldwin Elementary PTO, Manassas, Va.
  • Bluffton Elementary PTO, Bluffton, Ohio
  • Brindle Mountain Primary School Lion's Pride, Union Grove, Ala.
  • Buffalo Tri-City Elementary PVG, Buffalo, Ill.
  • Castle Bridge School PTA, New York, N.Y.
  • Compass Academy Charter School PTO, Vineland, N.J.
  • Cottage Street School PTO, Sharon, Mass.
  • Cowern Elementary PTG, North Saint Paul, Minn.
  • Creston CCSD #161 PTO, Creston, Ill.
  • Delaware Township School PiE, Sergeantsville, N.J.
  • D-G Elementary PTO, Dysart, Iowa
  • Don Pedro Elementary PTA, Ceres, Calif.
  • Donner Trail School PTO, Soda Springs, Calif.
  • Everett Elementary WOW4U, Everett, Pa.
  • Forest Lake Elementary/Forest View Elementary PTA, Forest Lake Minn.
  • G.C. Round Elementary PTO, Manassas, Va.
  • Gurnee School District 56 PTO, Gurnee, Ill.
  • Highlands Elementary PFO, Saugus, Calif.
  • Inyokern Elementary PTO, Inyokern, Calif.
  • Itasca School District 10 PTO, Itasca, Ill.
  • John Hanson Montessori School PTA, Oxon Hill, Md.
  • Kingsview Middle School PTA, Germantown, Md.
  • Kountze Elementary PTO, Kountze, Texas
  • Lisbon Community School PTO, Lisbon, Maine
  • Long Branch Elementary PTColo., Liverpool, N.Y.
  • MacFarland Intermediate School PTO, Bordentown, N.J.
  • Madawaska Elementary PTA, Madawaska, Maine
  • Marcus Whitman Middle School PTG, Rushville, N.Y.
  • Marguerite E. Peaslee Elementary PTO, Northborough, Mass.
  • Marie Gatton Phillips-Sacramento Elementary PTO, Sacramento, Ky.
  • Master's Academy of Vero Beach PTF, Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Mater Dolorosa Catholic School PTO, Holyoke, Mass.
  • Mayer Elementary PTO, Mayer, Ariz.
  • Meadowbrook Farms Elementary PTG, East Greenwich, R.I.
  • Melrose Elementary PTA, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Meridian Elementary PTO/NFP, Stillman Valley, Ill.
  • Michigan Avenue School PTO, Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Monte Vista Elementary PTO, Montclair, Calif.
  • Mound Elementary PTA, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Mull Elementary PTO, Morganton, N.C.
  • New Tech Institute NTI&Colo., Evansville, IN
  • New Voices Middle School Parent Association, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Niji-Iro Elementary PTA, Livonia, Mich.
  • Northmont Elementary PTA, La Mesa, Calif.
  • Oliver Partnership School , Lawrence, Mass.
  • OSBY Christian Academy PSG, East Point, Ga.
  • P.S. 133 William A. Butler School Parent Group, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Paul Adams Elementary PTO, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Pecan Park Elementary PTO, Ocean Springs, Miss.
  • Pomperaug Elementary PTO, Southbury, Conn.
  • Ross Elementary PTO, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Shawmont School HSA, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Spencer Elementary PTO, Brighton, Mich.
  • St Margaret Mary School PTO, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • St. Edward Catholic School PTC, Carlsbad, N.M.
  • St. Elizabeth Elementary PTO, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • St. Isidore School PAPA, Quakertown, Pa.
  • St. Joseph the Protector School H&S, Glenside, Pa.
  • St. Martin de Porres Academy, New Haven, Conn.
  • St. Odilo School PTC, Berwyn, Ill.
  • St. Pius X School SPX PA, Toledo, Ohio
  • Thirteenth Avenue School PTA, Newark, N.J.
  • Thomas Ditson Elementary DSA, Billerica, Mass.

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.