Over the past couple of weeks, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting several thousand PTO and PTA leaders at our PTO Today Expos. Our last was a week ago today in Pennsylvania.

It's my favorite rite of spring, getting this high-volume, in-person reminder of the power and enthusiasm and passion of school parent volunteers. What you're doing makes a huge difference for your schools, and that's always so clear when I see so many of you together in one room. Here's a piece I wrote a few years back called "Just a PTO? Say It Isn't So" on the power of parent volunteers. It's as true today as it was then.

I hope we can see you next year at one of our events.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our six national PTO Expo sponsors, who helped us bring these events to you all across the country. So our thanks to:

World's Finest Chocolate

Great American Opportunities

Chuck E. Cheese's

Otis Spunkmeyer

BRAX Fundraising

Flower Power