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

    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 Enrichment Guide

    Guide to Supporting STEM and STEAM Learning

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

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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

    How To Plan a Family Tech Talk Night

    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

    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

    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

    Ultimate Guide to Back-to-School Success

    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 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

    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

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

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  • Free Download: Epayment 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 Fundraiser Planning Kit

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

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  • Free Involvement Guide

    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

    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

    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

    2 Hour Power Pledge Program

    Scratch "not enough volunteers" off your list of stressors. Our 2 Hour Power 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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