What's Your Aha Moment?


We asked PTO leaders when they first knew their work was appreciated. Here’s what they had to say.


When I heard that a parent was raving to another about how fun our family fall festival was! And when I have students tell me that the PTO-funded author visit inspired them to start reading!
—Leann S.

I was at the park with my kids, and struck up a conversation with another parent and they asked me, “So what do you do?” And I started telling them about my job, and my 5-year-old son piped in and said, “And she’s on the PTO!”
—Crystal M.

When I was driving my son home from middle school. And we were at [a] stop behind a school bus and I see several hands waving from back of bus and I ask my son, “Do you know them?” He says no...then I realize they have white uniform shirts... they are 6th graders...my son’s in 7th! I realize it’s kids from the elementary school that moved on to middle school! I smiled big and said, “Ohhh, they’re waving at me!”
—Patricia M.

When I helped have our first ever Daddy Daughter Dance I had dads stopping me randomly throughout the month after it, telling me how much fun they had and when was the next one? I knew the girls would like it but the dads liked it just as much.
—Cristina M.

When the principal sent a handwritten note thanking me for my hard work. Being able to supply some teachers with technology they’d been asking for. And all the kids telling me that the Spring Festival, which I chaired, was SO MUCH FUN!
—Janet P.

We donated several really nice benches for the grassy area near the lunch tables, and the next day I saw them all full with students eating their lunch and having a great time. I got really choked up then (a few years ago) and to this day it still makes me smile seeing them being used.
—Daria L.

Spread the word—schools thrive because of hard-working parent groups

Originally posted in 2016 and updated regularly.

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