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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 2017 Parent Group of the Year search is easy, and all K-8 parent groups are eligible!
Check back later this summer for a list of winners.
2017 Parent Group of Year
It’s Easy To Apply
Eight individual categories to choose from, and you can enter in more than one!
Lots of Chances To Win
$3,000 Grand Prize and $500 for each Category Winner!
Frequently Asked Questions
Find quick answers to all of your Parent Group of the Year questions.
Read more about the prizewinners.
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.
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.
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.2016 Winners
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 Fundraising Program
A program or event that shows widespread engagement of the school community while also contributing to the financial security of the parent group.
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 eight 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.
How can we enter?
Entering is simple!
- 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.
- Write a few pages or more about what your group did, why you did it, and the results.
- Complete the online form to enter.
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 PTOtoday.com, or both. Read more about the prizewinners by clicking the links below, or find out more about past winners in the Parent Group Hall of Fame.
The following groups were selected as Honorable Mention:
- A. Drewicz Elementary PTO, Lynn, MA
- A. Philip Randolph Elementary PTA, Atlanta, GA
- Alaiedon Elementary PTO, Mason, MI
- Alloway Creek Intermediate School PTO, Littlestown, PA
- Anderson Creek Primary School PTO, Bunnlevel, NC
- Assumption Catholic School PTA, Houston, TX
- Baldwin Elementary PTO, Manassas, VA
- Beech Elementary Parent Club, Redford, MI
- Bellevue Elementary PTSO, Bellevue, MI
- Berry Elementary PTO, Waldorf, MD
- Bunker Hill Elementary PTO, Indianapolis, IN
- Calvary Christian Academy PTA, Silver City, NM
- Casar Elementary PTO, Casar, NC
- Charles W. McCrary Elementary PTO, Asheboro, NC
- Clara Reynolds Elementary PTO, Harrah, OK
- Colene Hoose Elementary PTO, Normal, IL
- Cortland Elementary PTA, Cortland, IL
- Crestridge Magnet Center PTO, Omaha, NE
- David Lubin Elementary PTG, Sacramento, CA
- Delphi Academy of Florida Parent Organization, Clearwater, FL
- Dr. H.O. Smith and Library Street School PTO, Hudson, NH
- Ducketts Lane Elementary PTA, Elkridge, MD
- Eastern Montgomery Elementary PTO, Elliston, VA
- Fannie E. Proctor Elementary PTO, Northborough, MA
- Fort Blackmore Primary School PTO, Fort Blackmore, VA
- Fort Garrison Elementary PTA, Baltimore, MD
- Friendship Elementary PTO, Coatesville, PA
- Gilmanton School PTA, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH
- Gompers Elementary PTO, Madison, WI
- Harvest Christian School PTF, Petaluma, CA
- Highland Elementary PTO, Owensboro, KY
- Hogan Preparatory Academy Elementary PAC, Kansas City, MO
- Inyokern Elementary PTO, Inyokern, CA
- Johnson Elementary PTC, Montrose, CO
- Kempsville Meadows Elementary PTA, Virginia Beach, VA
- Lafayette Preparatory Academy PTO, St. Louis, MO
- Lake Valley Elementary PTA, Prescott Valley, AZ
- Latexo Elementary PTO, Latexo, TX
- Lee Elementary School of Technology PTA, Tampa, FL
- Lincoln Central Elementary PACT, Lincoln, RI
- Lutherville Laboratory PTA, Lutherville, MD
- Lynch Elementary Parents Association, Winchester, MA
- Macy Elementary PTA, La Habra, CA
- Marc Kahre Elementary PTO, Las Vegas, NV
- Marie Gatton Phillips Sacramento Elementary PTO, Sacramento, KY
- Meadow View Elementary PTO, Alabaster, AL
- Memorial Elementary PTO, Upton, MA
- Mull Elementary PTO, Morganton, NC
- Nasonville Elementary PTO, Marshfield, WI
- Newport Elementary PTO, Newport, OH
- North Cobb Christian School PTF, Kennesaw, GA
- North Elementary PTO, Jackson, MO
- Oak Pointe Elementary PTO, Irmo, SC
- Ockerman Elementary PTO, Florence, KY
- Olive Chapel Elementary PTA, Apex, NC
- Oriole Lane Elementary PTO, Mequon, WI
- Owens Primary School PTA, Bakersfield, CA
- P.S. Teunis G. Bergen PTO, Brooklyn, NY
- Parklane Elementary PTO, East Point, GA
- Pecan Park Elementary PTO, Ocean Springs, MS
- Riley Elementary PTO, New Castle, IN
- Roberts Elementary PTO, Medford, MA
- Rochester Community School District PTA, Rochester, MI
- Rocklin Elementary PTC, Rocklin, CA
- Roper Elementary ROPE, Lincoln, NE
- Roy Cloud Elementary PTO, Redwood City, CA
- Saint Odilo School PTC, Berwyn, IL
- Salisbury Elementary PTA, Salisbury, MA
- San Marcos Elementary PTO, San Marcos, CA
- San Pablo Elementary PTA, Jacksonville Beach, FL
- Sandymount Elementary PTA, Finksburg, MD
- Sarah Noble Intermediate School PTO, New Milford, CT
- Sierramont Middle School PTSA, San Jose, CA
- Silver Bay PTSO, Silver Bay, MN
- Simonton Elementary PTA, Lawrenceville, GA
- St. Teresa School SFA, Lincoln, NE
- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School HSA, Salt Lake City, UT
- Stockbridge Elementary PTO, Stockbridge, VT
- Tracy Elementary PTA, Easton, PA
- Unadilla Elementary PTO, Unadilla, NY
- Waller Elementary PTO, Burlington, WI
- Washington GT Magnet Elementary PTA, Raleigh, NC
- West Bristol School PTO, Bristol, CT
- West Liberty Elementary PTO, West Liberty, WV
- Woodland Elementary PTO, Troy, MI
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 PTOtoday.com 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.
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.
Optional Questions To Help You Get Started
1. What are your parent group’s goals, and how did you meet them?
2. What was your most notable accomplishment of the year?
3. Describe the best program or event that you run (if different)
4. What does your group do to build parent involvement?
5. Where did the idea come from? Is this the first time you’ve run this event or program?
6. What were your goals for the activity?
7. What steps did you take to plan and execute it?
8. Describe, in detail, what occurred.
9. How did you fund it?
10. Why was it successful?
11. What would you do differently next time?