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Community Service Ideas for PTOs and PTAs

Community Service Ideas for PTOs and PTAs

Service project ideas, tips on publicizing your event, free downloadables and Facebook graphics, and more.

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Community Service Ideas for Middle School Students

Community service for preteens and teens is becoming a requirement at many middle schools. Here’s how to make that volunteer time really mean something to your child.

Ways PTOs Can Help

Disaster Relief: How School Parent Groups Can Help

PTOs and PTAs often want to take action after a hurricane or other major event affects schools in other parts of the country.

PTO Today Article

PTO Community Service All Year

As your PTO gets ready for a new school year, keep service projects up front as a way to help kids consider the world beyond themselves.

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12 Creative Community Service Ideas

Meaningful, PTO-tested service projects that will help teach kids the value of giving back.

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PTO and PTA Community Service Ideas for Families

Nine kinds of community service projects that school families can complete together.

PTO Today Article

Spring Community Service Project Ideas for Schools

Six ideas to get parents and kids involved in community service efforts in the spring.


Community Service Ideas for Kids

When it comes to helping students learn the value of community service, parent groups have plenty of meaningful ideas.

PTO Today Article

Planning a PTO Community Service Project

How to choose and run a meaningful service project that reaches beyond the school doors.

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Classroom Community Service Project Ideas

Instructions for eight different service projects (no-sew blankets, snack packs, tote bags, and more) that can be completed by students during classroom parties.

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8 Easy Community Service Ideas for Any Time of Year

While it’s a natural fit to focus on community service during the fall and winter holidays, these ideas can be adapted to get students involved all year long.


Community Service Clip Art

Make your flyers and newsletters more colorful with our free clip art images.

PTO Today Article

School Food Drive: Tips for Success

Collect more food and have more fun with these ideas and tips for your school food drive.


Canned Food Drive Flyer

An editable flyer to encourage school families to participate in a drive for canned goods that can be donated.

Free Resources

Community Service File Exchange

Ideas, flyers, and more for school parent groups planning a canned food drive or other community service activity.

PTO Today Article

Community Service: A Week Spent Honoring Veterans

Focusing on ways to honor veterans earned this PTO the 2014 Parent Group of the Year award for Outstanding Community Service Project.

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3 Keys to a Successful Community Service Project

Is your group planning a school community service project? Here are some key things to keep in mind.

PTO Today Article

Community Service: A Food Pantry in Backpacks

The winner of the 2013 Outstanding Community Service Project launched a food pantry initiative to ensure that no one would go hungry—including giving needy students food-filled backpacks to take home on the weekends.

PTO Today Article

Teach Children About Hunger and Poverty

Education and community service ideas that help students better understand hunger issues.

Character Education

Ideas That Raise Students' Social Awareness

These parent group projects help kids learn about community and their place in it.

PTO Today Article

How PTOs Help Families in Need

When people in the school community face tough times, parent groups step up.

PTO Today Article

Academics and Animals

One school's 5th grade curriculum uses community service activities related to cats, dogs, and zoo animals to teach kids science.

PTO Today Article

Bike Drive Energizes Community

By collecting and repairing bicycles for low-income families, PTO Today's 2009 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Community Service Project turned a simple annual event into a community-building exercise.

PTO Today Article

Community Service: Knitting for a Cause

PTO Today’s 2008 Outstanding Community Service Project turned a fundraiser into a heartwarming event: Students knitted hats in all sizes for patients at the local children’s hospital, then delivered them personally.