Free Guides

  • 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 Back-to-School Guide
    Back-to-School Success Guide

    Ultimate Back-to-School Success Guide

    From parent involvement and strengthening your board to getting organized and working closely with school staff, find concrete steps you can take now.

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  • Free Carnival Guide
    School Carnival Ideas and Planning Tips

    School Carnival and Fair Planning Guide

    Everything you need to create a winning event for your school community.

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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: Electronic 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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