The Ultimate (and Only) One-Day Expo for PTO and PTA Leaders

It’s the best event on Earth for all the hardworking PTO and PTA leaders helping make their schools great. In just a few hours you’ll get new ideas, new connections, prizes, free samples, fundraising help, and fun—all in one place.

We understand you probably need to get the kids to school and off the bus, so you’re welcome to stop in at any point during the day. And if you have little ones, bring them along—strollers and carts included.

location icon Oakbrook Terrace, IL

April 2, 2019

Drury Lane Conference Center

Expo Hours: 9am – 2pm
Registration: $5 (Plus members only $2.50)

Bring a Friend for Free: Use code expoBFF when registering

Register by Mar. 12* and get this awesome multi-pocket zip tote from our friends at Mixed Bag Designs. Must attend the expo to pick up your free tote.

*Limited quantity (200), while supplies last.

Important: Online registration is now closed, but you can still register onsite the day of the show.

Children painting at a stall

Content icon Content Sessions

You asked and we answered! We’ve added in more sessions for you to gather ideas and tips and also connect with our experts and other leaders.


10:00 – 501(c)(3) for Parent Groups

501(c)(3) for Parent Groups

Are you completely mystified about what it means to be a tax-exempt group? You’re not alone. We’ll walk you through the basics of why it’s important and share what’s worked for others.

10:45 – How To Recruit More Volunteers

How To Recruit More Volunteers

Volunteer recruitment is often seen as the most difficult job of a leader, but guess what? It doesn’t have to be! Find out how to woo, and keep, great volunteers.

11:30 – Fun Run & Athon Success Tips

Fun Run and Athon Success Tips

Don’t sweat it! We’ll share top tips to make your fun run a runaway success (here’s a hint—make it easy for parents).

Sponsored by Get Movin’ Fundraising
12:15 – Sponsor Raffle Drawing
12:30 – 3 How-Tos in 15 Minutes (Auction Baskets,

3 How-Tos in 15 Minutes

Learn what can make—or break—your project. Insider tips and secrets like why you want to use a fan when duct-taping the principal (seriously!), how to build a super-useful (and sturdy) school supply cake, and how to create eye-catching auction baskets.

School Supply Cakes, and Duct-Taping the Principal)
Sponsored by TeacherLists
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Gears icon What You'll Get

  • A tote bag for all your swag, a Spirit Monkey lanyard with name badge, and contact information-sharing labels
  • Information sessions to learn from your peers and PTO Today experts
  • A chance to meet exciting fundraising companies and playground equipment/software providers
  • Introductions to enrichment programs (such as STEM, the arts, and more) you may want to bring to your school
  • A great team-building experience with your fellow group leaders and members
  • Oodles of samples, freebies, and prizes!
Bags of goodies

Shopping bag icon Connections

When you come with your whole group, it’s a great team experience; you’ll get to know everyone a little better and can have group discussions (and maybe even make decisions!) about programs, products, and services to bring to your school.

If your whole group can’t make it, don’t worry! Many folks come on their own and take all the information back to their school.

Connect with our PTO Today staff at the show. We'll be available all day to chat and answer any questions you may have.

Plus, take a selfie or a group photo in our superhero photo booth to help remember the day. We'll provide the props!

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Facebook icon Join the Facebook Event Page

Join our Oakbrook Terrace Facebook event page! Find insider tips to make the most of your day and learn what to expect, share ideas and ask questions, learn about the great prizes and samples, and connect with other leaders in your area!

Ladies with PTO Today bags

Local Sponsors


Affy Tapple
American Outfitters Ltd
AMJ Spectacular Events
Bright Endeavors
Canon USA
Chess Scholars/Afterschool Enrichment
Chuck E. Cheese's
Clowning Around Entertainment
Club's Choice Fundraising
Compass Creative Dramatics
Crown Throphy
Culture Shock Chicago NFP
EduKit School Supply Kits
Enjoy Life Foods
Follett Book Fairs
Fun Services
Fund Star, Inc.
Get Movin' Fundraising
Hands On Originals
Harlem Wizards
Holiday Treasures Gift Shop
HR Imaging Partners, Inc.
JAM Packaging
Kipp Brothers
Landscape Structures
Little Caesars Pizza Kits
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Metropolis Coffee Company
Mixed Bag Designs
Nation Imprint
National Spirit Wear
Oliver the Ornament
Orange Ruler
Penguin Patch
Play Illinois
Poppin Popcorn
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
River City Printed Products
Robert Crown Center for Health Education
SandCrafters Candy Art
Santa's Village
Select Spiritwear
Spirit Monkey
Step It Up Kids
Team REIL, Inc.
Terri Lynn
Trails Entertainment Centers (a.k.a. Enchanted Castle & Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Centers)
TVG-Medulla LLC
Van Wyk Confections
Windy City Bulls
World's Finest Chocolate
Yankee Candle Fundraising