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7 Thanksgiving Projects To Help Your Community - PTO Today

...The grade with the most donations wins a pizza party. Baskets are made and given to our families in need. Canned food collection followed by coat exchange: Our school does a turkey walk and students bring in canned good and other nonperishables. The PTO also runs a “trading post” for families to donate and pick up winter coats. Encourage kids to donate coins: We are holding a change challenge. Each grade is competing to see who can bring in the most. The money goes towards the purchase of items for families in need at our school. Donations help area shelters: We did a nonperishable food collection at our Fall Festival and collected more than 300 items which we donated to three area shelters. This helped show students how fortunate they are. Winter gear collection makes a difference: We work with our local community service groups and collect coats, hats, and mittens. We set up collection boxes for students to drop off items. Originally posted in 2013 and updated regularly. The bes...

6 Ways To Shake Things Up in Your Group - PTO Today

...For example, consider live-streaming your meetings or holding a Twitter party while parents are waiting in the pickup line. Change Your Big Event Planning a new marquee event is a sure way to get people talking and to generate excitement. You can think big (like a winterfest) or outlandish (like the gym teacher in a dunk tank). Reward Good Effort Let your parents know you care about their hard work by taking the time to acknowledge them. Perhaps you could select several “volunteers of the month” to profile on your website or bulletin board. Hold Outings With a Purpose Planning some periodic outings for your board to bond will give everyone a chance to discuss what’s working and what isn’t, in a relaxed and informal setting. Actively Seek Input Let members know that your group is always looking for fresh input. Repeat this message frequently and through different mediums (your newsletter, Facebook page, etc.). Change Your Meetings Some simple changes can both increase meeting a...

Kids Are (Still) Key to Fundraising - PTO Today

...Students could also earn a chance to play field games like Booger Wars (dodgeball with bean bags). “They went crazy when they saw that video,” says PTO president Caressa Baker. “I heard students saying, ‘I want to go home and sell so I can go to the truck.’” To engage students at a rally, Nick Kukta, vice president of fundraising company Great Western Reserve, suggests asking questions to make sure they’re paying attention and explaining how much of the money raised goes back to benefit them directly. Announcements about prizes are more effective when made near the end of a rally. “Wait until the last five to seven minutes to cover all the prizes so they leave excited,” Kukta says. Build Momentum It’s important to let parents know why you’re fundraising. If you have some specific programs or events you’ll fund or something that you’ll purchase for the school, communicate that to parents. Those kinds of specifics are much more motivating than communicating the...

Carnivals & Fairs Archive - PTO Today

...Classic School Carnival Activities Need ideas for your school or parent group carnival? Choose from this collection of crowd-pleasing games and activities. Summer Crafts Fest Brings Community Together A two-day “Christmas in July” street fair brings together more than 20,000 attendees. Big Trucks Raise PTO Bucks Cars and trucks galore drove the enjoyment at a communitywide fair. Family Event: Fun and Eco-games PTO Today’s 2008 Outstanding Family Event was a green festival that combined learning and fun, included a large number of parent volunteers, and helped strengthen the connection between the middle school and home. Halloween Festival Builds Community Every October, a 140-student school in Michigan throws a party for a thousand people. Create a School Tradition Ambitious events build excitement and involvement. They make your PTO look great, too. Carnival Success Story One school's longtime carnival tradition brings the right blend of fundraising and family fun to the entire...

6 Simple Fall Events - PTO Today

...Tailgating Party Fall means football! Get in on the fun by holding a tail­gating party at school. Set up a few grills and encourage families to bring side dishes. Add a contest (best team spirit, best sign, etc.) that encourages people to dress in team colors. Kid-friendly science experiments and a fun school event for the whole family GET FREE KIT 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 your free guide, you will also be registered for our weekly newsletter. As always, you can unsubscr...

Valentine's Day Fundraising Event - PTO Today Q&A

...Good luck! Report Abuse Nonsense Spam Answer this question: Let me know when a new answer is posted Related Events, Programs, & Activities Q&A Should the PTO Pay for sports banquets? Parent night out Before/After School Program Participation COSI on Wheels Alternative What are the pros and cons of PTO oversight of Senior Grad Night Party? Holiday Games 5th grade graduation Tracking Parent Involvement/Volunteers Person with a "past" wants to treasure an event... advice? Need Class Gift for graduating 8th graders! 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...

Fundraising Success Secrets From Top Brands - PTO Today

...A different sort of contest might be to have students vote on their favorite pizza toppings, culminating in a pizza party with those toppings at the end of a successful pizza sale fundraiser. Another technique is to be funny or mysterious. A trailer for the horror movie Paranormal Activity 3 showed little of the actual movie. Instead it showed terrified audience members reacting to scenes from the movie. The trailer was funny and aroused curiosity. A parent group might try something similar with photos showing kids smiling as they chew something yummy as a teaser leading to a pie sale. Or use a series of email flyers to promote a children’s book sale. You might use clip art featuring characters from well-known children’s books, each one trying to find the location of the sale, for instance. It helps if you can let potential customers see others using and enjoying the product. This works well for designers who clothe celebrities at the Academy Awards. “Almost all companies try to...

How To Run a PTO or PTA Membership Drive - PTO Today

...To engage students in recruitment, the PTA threw a pizza party for the classroom with the most members. The child with the most memberships earned a $100 gift card to a local toy store. By involving the kids in the membership drive and getting them excited about the contest, Dixie created “PTA ambassadors.” Your group can also do this by having creative incentives that are appealing to kids, such as offering a free recess for the class with the most new members or a karaoke lunchroom jam session. If the kids are excited, they will spread the word at home and encourage their parents to fill out a membership form. Offering incentives doesn’t have to be expensive. The Henking Hoffman PTA in Glenview, Ill., offers a free school directory as an incentive to join and has seen membership increase. In Cranston, R.I., the Parents and Teachers of Glen Hills gives each family a free Scholastic book for joining. Create a Sense of Community Many parents want to know what type of group they a...

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...

From the News: 3 Ideas To Add Pizazz to Traditional Events - PTO Today

...The PTO also rewarded the class with the most attendees at the event with a post-golf party. The best PTO advice, ideas, and inspiration delivered weekly. Don’t miss it! Coming soon: the ultimate expo event! Register now. 4 Awesome School Auction Themes 6 Auction Experiences Kids Will Love To Win How To Make a Gift Basket Last-Minute Tips for Spring Auctions "Chair-ity" Auction Fundraiser 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 your free guide, you will also be registered for our weekly newsletter. As always, you can unsubscribe at any time. Trending 20 Ideas for Theme Baskets for PTOs and PTAs How To Hold a Successful Restaurant Fundraiser 22 Easy Meal Ideas for Large Groups 16 Ideas for Quick and Easy Events 12 Ways To Mark the 100th Day of School 20 Fun Fami...