Free Guides

Free Public Relations Guide
How To Promote Your School Parent Group

How To Promote Your Group (and Why You Should Care)

Is your PTO or PTA struggling to be heard? Raise your profile and celebrate everything your group does with the free resources in our guide, for National School Parent Group Day or any time of year.

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Free Download: Playground Guide
School Playground Planning Guide

The Ultimate School Playground Planning Guide

Whether you’re building a new school playground or adding to an existing one, we walk you through the important steps to get it done, from navigating fundraising to vetting vendors.

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Free Fun Run Planning Guide
School Fun Run Fundraiser Guide

How To Plan a Fun Run

Our free guide covers everything you need to know to pull off a jogathon fundraiser at your school, from motivating students to collecting pledges.

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Free Holiday Shop Guide

How To Run a School Holiday Shop

Tips for choosing a service provider, getting organized, and creative ways to promote your event.

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Free Download: Family Event Kit

How To Plan a Family Science Night

Spark an interest in science with more than 20 hands-on, kid-friendly experiments, plus customizable materials to promote your event, take-home activities, and more.

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Free Download: Family Event Kit
Build Digital Citizenship With a Family Tech Talk Night

Family Tech Talk Night: Build Digital Citizenship

Everything you need to help parents and kids strengthen their digital citizenship skills, including promotional materials, handouts for parents, and a PowerPoint for your presenter.

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Free Appreciation Guide
54 Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation: The Ultimate Guide

54 ways to show teachers and staff you care, from inexpensive student gifts to theme meals.

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Free Auction Donations Guide
Silent Auction Ideas and More

148 Silent Auction Ideas and More

Ideas for items and baskets to offer at your school auction, plus a few items that don’t work and lots of helpful tips to make the process of securing items easier.

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Free Appreciation Guide
Volunteer Appreciation Ideas and More

32 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas and More

Volunteer appreciation matters. From super-simple ideas to grander gestures, say thanks to your volunteers in ways that will make them feel good (and keep them coming back)!

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Free Communications Guide
Marketing Must-Dos for PTOs and PTAs

Marketing Must-Dos for PTOs and PTAs

Eight top ways to promote your group effectively within your school community, plus actionable steps for each one.

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Free Community Service Guide
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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Free Enrichment Guide
Guide to Supporting STEAM and STEM Learning for PTOs and PTAs

Guide to Supporting STEAM and STEM Learning

PTOs and PTAs can play a substantial role in supporting STEAM and STEM learning at school. Our free guide has ideas for hands-on activities, tips for finding community experts, and much more!

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Free Download: E-Payment Guide

The 411 on Credit Card Payments

Accepting payments by credit card is a step that can increase your parent group’s income. Our guide will help you understand the benefits and risks, evaluate costs, and more.

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Free Download: Fundraising Guide
Restaurant Fundraisers Planning Kit

Restaurant Fundraiser Planning Kit

Restaurant fundraisers are an easy and simple way for your group to raise money for your school. Our guide will help you plan and promote your event with no stress.

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Free Incorporation Guide
How To Incorporate a School PTO

How To Incorporate a School PTO

Don’t be intimidated by the process of incorporation! We cover the benefits, information you should know before you start, and the three key steps to follow.

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Free Involvement Guide
Put Parent Involvement First

Put Parent Involvement First: 10 Tips

Make involvement your top priority and every challenge your group faces will get a whole lot easier.

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Free Involvement Guide

Reenergize Your Group Midyear

Keep your group motivated to carry on with its good work! How to manage volunteers, avoid burnout, and review your financial status.

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Free Leadership Guide
PTO and PTA New Leader Kit

New Leader? No Problem

All the know-how you need to be an effective and successful parent group leader, including tips for managing difficult people.

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Free Planning Guide
Winter Holidays Event Planning Guide

Warm Up the Winter Holidays

Show your holiday spirit as a parent group and school community with fun events, thoughtful teacher appreciation, and community service ideas.

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Free Recruitment Tools
Make School Volunteer Recruitment Easier With 2 Hour Power

2 Hour Power Pledge Program

Scratch "not enough volunteers" off your list of stressors. Our 2 Hour Power school volunteer recruitment program has all the steps and tools you need to build your base—2 hours at a time.

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free reading night kit

Family Reading Night

Use our free Family Reading Night planning kit to share your favorite stories and encourage a love of reading.

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Free Webinar: Tax Exemption
501(c)(3) Basics for School Parent Groups

501(c)(3) Basics for School Parent Groups

Does your head spin thinking about the IRS and tax-exemption? Our free webinar covers the whats, whys, and hows and answers a ton of frequently asked questions.

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