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Auction "Pros" Raise Big Dollars - PTO Today

...Just last year, the PTA married a two-week online auction with an upscale auction party to net $268,000. The K-4, 650-student school found it needed a way to raise money after the Texas Legislature passed a “Robin Hood” school funding law in 1993. The law requires affluent school districts to share property tax revenues with less wealthy districts. To help compensate for funds that the school district gives up, the Bradfield PTA decided to hold an auction that could directly benefit the school. The PTA taps into parent contacts and local businesses to obtain auction items and in-kind donations. Some of the hottest items are trips, playhouses, and experiences such as ice-cream socials. Classroom creations and lower-priced items are usually reserved for the silent auction. Parents put some ingenuity into the auction by creating an online category called “Teacher Treasures,” which brought in more than $17,000. “Kids love to spend time with teachers and staff outside the classro...

A Year of Great Ideas - PTO Today

...Ask high school students needing volunteer hours to lead younger students in games. Provide materials for kids to make their own holiday cards. Show an age-appropriate movie. Breakfast with Santa Dads take charge of a pancake breakfast. Children take photos with Santa. Families can shop for gifts from local businesses that rent booths or at a holiday shop sponsored by the PTO. Breakfast With Santa Flyer January Roller-skating night: Families enjoy a night at the roller rink with discounted fees. Ease parents and students back into the school routine after the holiday break. The PTO builds its reputation as a fun group. Mid-year review: Try to connect with more families. Look through volunteer sign-up forms and parent interest surveys again. Follow up with those who haven’t been called. PTO meeting Invite a speaker to talk about preparing for college or another topic of interest to parents. February Multicultural night: A community-building and educational family event. Reach out to...

10 Truths About Parent Groups - PTO Today

...by going out and having a party. And stop by for a cold one anytime. That’s what we’re here for. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Coming soon: the ultimate expo event! Register now. When No One Steps Up To Lead How To Raise More Money Keeping the PTO Momentum Going Is Parent Involvement Dying? The Myth of the Volunteer Trap Comments (4)     #4 LouAnn 2009-01-22 18:51 I totally agree with this article. My question is, how can a PTO put together events with only a handful of people if no one wants to come to a meeting, or otherwise be involved? If anyone has an answer, PLEASE share it with me! Thank you!!!!! #3 sameer 2008-12-05 18:08 nice article. #2 Susan 2008-12-03 18:07 My child will be attending a new high school fall 2009. I was at a meeting last night and the discussion was PTA OR PTO? I am not sure I completely understand the pros/cons of one over the other. There will be voted in the coming week and I would like to cast my vote...

6 Keys to Volunteer Appreciation - PTO Today

...Make It Fun There’s nothing like a party to lift people’s spirits. Even a simple event like a breakfast with coffee, pastries, and some decorations can really help boost morale. 5. Make It for Everyone Don’t limit your appreciation only to the hard-core volunteers. In fact, thanking those who’ve helped on a more occasional basis can be a great incentive for them to come back. 6. Make It Known Publicly thank helpers at your meetings, in your newsletters, and on your social channels. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Coming soon: the ultimate expo event! Register now. Get Kids Involved in Your PTO or PTA Why Parents Don’t Volunteer (and What You Can Do About It) Facebook Graphics for PTO Volunteer Appreciation How To Be an Effective PTO or PTA Volunteer Coordinator Ideas To Make Your PTO or PTA More Fun Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Website Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Download...

Make Your Family Night a Winner - PTO Today

..., which hosts an annual family night tailgate party before a fall home football game. In a cafeteria festooned with school colors, families gather for a barbecue dinner, with tickets sold at $4 or $5 to cover costs. The event, attended by as many as 500, is a way to boost game attendance and encourage families to get better acquainted. "The kids sit with their friends at the game, and the parents sit together," says PTO president Susan Graham. "It gives parents an opportunity to visit with each other." In Phoenix, N.Y., Emerson J. Dillon Middle School's Family Quality Time Night also allows parents to mingle. "Parents get a chance to chat with other parents they usually just see in passing as they drop off or pick up or at a teacher conference," says PTO copresident Connie Deshaies. "Sometimes they just want to ask a question, but it's not a big enough issue to call and request a meeting." The Dillon event blends fun for kids with important information for parents. Under the watchful e...

4 Awesome School Auction Themes - PTO Today

...And click around each graphic for fun details! 09/27/2017 Tailgating Party 1.    Use small grills to display special auction items. 2.    Hang flags in your school colors for a spirited setting. 3.    Stack coolers for a quick and colorful decoration. 4.    Decorate tables with various sports equipment. 5.    Set up shade tents in corners to draw attention to big-ticket items. 6.    Have volunteers wear custom eye blacks with your school’s mascot. 148 silent auction ideas for items to sell (plus 7 to skip) GET FREE IDEAS Construction Zone 1.    Have volunteers wear party store construction hats. 2.    Decorate the space by tying helium balloons to sawhorses. 3.    Use traffic cones to indicate the direction to flow through the auction space. 4.    Fill a toy dump truck with napkins and utensils. 5.    Provide “build your own” food, like tacos or hamburgers.   Life's a Beach 1.      As people pay for admission, hand out leis for them to wear...

PTO Insurance: What You Should Know - PTO Today

...General liability policy: This policy should cover third-party bodily injury and property damage claims that occur during activities both on and off school property. “Third party” means non-participant, such as if someone who is walking by a magic show gets hurt by one of the tricks. If you have an unusual or large event, such as a festival or fun run, make sure that the general liability policy covers all activities at the event. For example, if your school PTO is planning a fundraising festival that includes a ring toss, fortune-telling, magic shows, and an auction, check that the PTO’s liability policy covers any accidents or claims related to all these activities. Excess accident medical: Excess accident medical insurance provides excess medical coverage to participants at PTO-sponsored events. If an injury at one of your events results in significant medical costs (such as surgery or a hospital stay), this policy will cover the costs that exceed the injured person’s prima...

Events, Programs, & Activities - PTO Today Q&A

...Asked by carolyngrz in Events, Programs, & Activities ANSWER IT (1 response) Game night Hello, is there still a vendor that sends you board games to play and then you can ship them back when... Asked by Anonymous in Events, Programs, & Activities ANSWER IT (2 responses) Should the PTO Pay for sports banquets? Do most or and PTO's pay for sports related costs? The track coach is asking for reimbursement for a... Asked by Shellystinnett in Events, Programs, & Activities ANSWER IT (1 response) Door prtizes for Senior Citizens for group I'm interested in obtaining items to be used as door prizes for a Senior Citizens church group who meet... Asked by Bristo81 in Events, Programs, & Activities ANSWER IT (1 response) Gingerbread Festival - Big Draw Item We host a gingerbread festival each year and have had a horse and hay ride in the past however the gentleman... Asked by kathy.greenlaw@gmail.com in Events, Programs, & Activities ANSWER IT (1 response) Admin request for PTSO to pay for digi...

Events That Can Become Traditions - PTO Today

...Rather than hold a simple ice cream party or traditional art show, the group combined the two in its annual Art Walk/Ice Cream Social . There are three words of advice that Essex (Mass.) Elementary PTO leaders give to students and parents at their annual Messy Art Night : Take a smock. Other than that, kids are free to be creative. A wide variety of materials allows kids to students explore 16 different art stations in a fun, unstructured way. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Coming soon: the ultimate expo event! Register now. 9 School Store Setup Tips and Ideas 10 PTO Ideas To Try in 2018 Tips and Ideas for Sweetheart Dances Deconstruction Zone Yes, You Need a Movie License Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Website Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter Download our free School Fun Run Planning Guide for all the tips and tools you need to plan a successful event. Get Your Free Guide! Along with you...

10 Steps to Getting Business Donations for Your PTO - PTO Today

...I reached out to him for a donation for a teachers’ rewards party. He returned my call in less than 30 minutes, donating pizzas for three classrooms.” Clearly Explain What You Want After you’ve tapped all of your connections, you’ll need to prepare to reach outside your network. Before you approach anyone, write a letter outlining what you’re asking for. The first part should clearly quantify what you need, whether specific goods, services, a monetary donation, or sponsorship. Offer alternatives—for example, instead of cash, can they give store credit for your organization to use, or gift cards you can give away as prizes? Put Your Best Foot Forward The second part of your letter should include an overview of your organization with a mission statement. Then outline what you can provide in exchange for their donation. Exposure and publicity are valuable, so offer to list the business in a student directory or newsletter or mention it on your website and Facebook page. If th...