It's that time of year... school fundraising, back-to-school meetings and family events are top of mind for PTO and PTA officers. Before you jump right into the fundraising mode, take a moment to consider how fostering a sense of community would have on your school as a whole and your fundraising goals. When parents feel like they are part of the school community, they are more likely to volunteer to help out and open their wallets.

School Family Nights are a fabulous way to bring families together in a fun and low-key way and forge connections. We are excited to let you know that we have 2 new updated family night kits available. Our Family Reading Night and Go Green kits are sporting a fun new look and are filled with new activities to engage the families at your school.

If you are on the fence because you're not sure if you have the time or resources, I encourage you to take a look at the kits. The comprehensive instructions and materials make it easy to get a volunteer to sign on to run the night. Parents love that there is no guess work.

Last year we heard from many of you about your family night successes. This school year we'd like you to share your successes with other parent groups and leaders on our Facebook page. Upload your event photos to our Facebook page and we'll send you a "My Parent Group Rocks" t-shirt! We can't wait to see your school family nights in action.