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Finding Auction Donations for Your Fundraiser - PTO Today

...There might be a hundred enthusiastic guests at your party, but they’ll go home with money in their pockets if they are not motivated to bid on your items. So what’s the secret to securing a wide variety of high-quality items at every price point? To start with, your auction committee and PTO leadership shouldn’t be the only ones soliciting donations; enlist your entire school community in the effort. Some PTOs insist that every family be responsible for at least one item or experience offered at the annual auction. Staff members and teachers can be asked to secure a donation as well. The best auction items may be the special experiences only a certain teacher or family can offer. For example, Mrs. Brown from 2nd grade may also be a Pampered Chef consultant, while the Martin family might have a vacation cottage they’re willing to offer. The proceeds from your auction will benefit the entire school, so don’t be afraid to encourage everyone to secure a donation. 148 silent auc...

Creating a School Directory - PTO Today

...“What if your son wanted to have a play date with a friend in their class, but you didn’t know their phone number? What if your child forgot their spelling words and needed to call a friend for homework help? How about if you were planning a party for your child and needed to know addresses in order to send out invitations?” The directory is also helpful when new families move to the district. “It helps them feel welcome and hopefully invites them to participate in school and PTO activities,” Burns says. Having contact information at your fingertips helps busy families stay connected. Some moms put the directory in their purse. Others keep one in the car and one in the house. Here are some tips to make the creation of your directory as painless as possible. Form a Team Recruit one or two volunteers to be in charge of the directory. This is not a job that should fall to the president or another officer. If you had a directory in the past, talk about what worked well and what...

PTO Goes Green at School - PTO Today

...“The bins were overflowing, especially around party time,” says Becky Gladstone, PTO recycling committee chairwoman. Since the PTO distributed reusable water bottles, students have been buying and recycling fewer plastic ones. Recycling: The PTO placed bins for paper and plastic in each classroom and collected aluminum, glass, and more from the teachers’ lounge. An outside company picks up the paper, but a parent takes the rest of the recyclables to the town’s transfer station. Educating: In addition to a schoolwide assembly, in which musicians played instruments made from reused or recycled materials, the PTO spread the “go green” message with an evening program for families and talked with students on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. Collaborating: The Dover PTO coordinates its efforts with the Dover Recycling Committee and set up collection points for cell phones, box tops, and ink-jet cartridges at the market and the Council on Aging. “It’s fun to bring the school an...

Do Recycling Fundraisers Still Work? - PTO Today

...Because there is no contract between the recycling company and the PTO, no one is under any obligation to the other party. The recycler reserves the right to change the amount it pays for cartridges and to remove products from eligibility at any time. (These price and eligibility changes are almost always driven by the larger market as some items quickly become less valuable or sellable for the recycling company.) Your supply is uncertain, as well. One month you might collect dozens of laser cartridges and several cell phones, and the next month just a handful of inkjet cartridges. Recycling requires very little volunteer effort, however; a recycling committee of one or two volunteers can select a company, set out collection boxes, and start raising funds. Plus, promotional materials are available to you for free, and most communities generate at least some volume of eligible products. Combine those facts with increasing awareness that recycling is good for the environment. The conclu...

Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day - PTO Today Q&A

Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day - PTO Today Q&A PTO Today Q&A PTO Today Q&A > Fundraising > Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day ASK A QUESTION Print Report Abuse Nonsense Spam Duplicate Wrong Topic Question: Excluding Kids from Events During the School Day Hi there! I am a parent and for the second year in a row, the PTO is sponsoring a fundraiser that requires the kids sell a minimum of 8 items in order to attend a school party called "Xtreme Fest" (games, inflatables, cash, etc.). If the kids do not sell the minimum number of items, they have to sit in a study hall during the time of the event. I approached the PTO last year and voiced my concerns and suggested they offer a "buy out" or "opt out" (which still doesn't solve the problem for low income kids or kids who are unable to sell) or that the school as a whole has to sell a minimum amount to have the event. I told them I felt it was discriminatory and no kids should be excluded from anything held d...

17 Things I've Learned from Veteran Room Parents - PTO Today

...  Don't stress about fancy, elaborate games and crafts. The kids are so excited at party time that even a simple game will be fun!  ~Missy Rainford 4. If you try to do everything, people will feel excluded. Eventually, no one will volunteer to help. ~Tahra Painter-Harrell 5. Always take time to listen to the kids. No matter how insignificant it may seem, you might be the only one who does.  ~Krystal Waldy 6. Don't stress. Every little thing you do is a big help. You're allowed to say no, and you don't have to be perfect. ~Julia Kloiber 7. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher! They may not want big elaborate parties or snacks. They will know what works best, so don't be afraid to ask!  ~Katy Schrodt 8. Take all the help that you can get. Be open to help, but stand your ground.   ~Liz Boshears Ready to step up? Sign up for the Leader Lowdown newsletter to get the scoop on parent involvement and more GET FREE NEWSLETTER 9. Always remember you are there to help the teacher. Don't make...

School Fundraising: How Much Is Too Much? - PTO Today

...Individual parent groups in Malibu and Santa Monica now make appeals for direct donations to the foundation, help with districtwide fundraising efforts such as a community party on the Santa Monica pier, and donate part of their own fundraising proceeds as they see fit. It’s easy to see the foundation funds at work—in the form of literacy coaches and training for classroom assistants, for instance. What It Means for Your Group With the wide variety of parent group fundraising and spending policies across the country, it’s important to make sure you understand your district’s policies before planning your fundraisers and making decisions about how to spend your group’s money. Start by getting a copy of your district’s policies from your principal or district office. If your district does limit you to a few fundraisers a year, it doesn’t have to be a big negative. Although it may not seem like it, such limits can actually help strengthen fundraisers. Groups that continuall...

School 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! Plus Power Pack: Next Year’s Events The School Events You Love Most Field Day Makeover 10 Easy STEM Activities for Kids To Try at Your Next Family Night Trying Out Taekwondo Makerspace Basics Comments (0) Add comment... Name (required) E-mail (required, but will not display) Send Cancel Weekly Newsletter VSCO girls, TikTok, Fortnite, and Instagram. Yep, time to plan a Family Tech Talk Night. Get Your Free Kit! Along with your free guide, you will also be registered...

This Dad Is Having a Blast - PTO Today

...“I have a slight tiki/Polynesian obsession,” Gamble explains, “so I thought that could make for a fun party idea and, since the family fun night happens at the end of the school year, a good sendoff into summer.” Impressive improv: The towering tikis and volcano were made of cardboard that Gamble scavenged from home construction dumpsters. “I used to work at a video production company and learned how to get by making sets with very little budget,” he says. “We also had real bamboo torches with flashlights wrapped in cellophane for flames.” Gamble crafted a grass hut for the food service area, too; meanwhile, the PTO projected a beach video onto the wall while tropical music played. Lights, camera, lava: Gamble worked several weekends and nights to produce the special effects. For the volcanic eruption, he hoisted a fan inside the crater to blow on some silk fabric and fastened a bright red light beneath to make it glow as it fluttered. “I also had a fog machine blowi...

What kind of PTO gathering? - PTO Today Q&A

...Answers: Community Advice mum24kids writes: Kind of weather dependent, but what about an outside ice cream social or pizza party? Kids could also play on the playground, and you could set up some games on the field? Report Abuse Nonsense Spam Answer this question: Let me know when a new answer is posted Related Events, Programs, & Activities Q&A Low-key welcome event for new group? Family Fun Themed Gift Basket hotel stays orlando fla. events programs & activities Concessions Teacher Duty Free Recess Morale booster PTO Today Expo funding Dance Video Game Weekly Newsletter Q&A Topics Bylaws Communications Elections & Transition Events, Programs, & Activities Finance & Budget Fundraising Leadership Meetings & Robert's Rules Nonprofit Status & Organization Officers & Board Teachers The Principal Volunteers & Involvement...