Events & Programs Archive

We know planning great family events is a big part of what your group does. There are tons of ideas in the articles below for new and better ways to connect with parents, even planning events around holidays. Find more helpful tools and info on the Events & Programs resources page.

  • PTO Program Puts Art Into Action

    Students dive in to art appreciation through in-depth lessons led by parents, then apply their knowledge in a hands-on project involving the whole school.
  • After-School Fun With PTO Program

    A wide variety of free after-school clubs, run by teachers and supported by parents, keeps students at a middle school engaged and safe.
  • Parent Groups in the News: Weekly Round-up 6/11/10

    As I scan the articles about parent groups this week, a common theme jumps out at me: Parent volunteers make the (school) world go round.
  • Date Book: Halloween

    Not sure what your PTO should do for the Halloween holiday? Consider these activities for a scary good time.
  • Join the "Go Green" Conversation

    Over the past year, we've enjoyed hearing about how so many of you are helping your school go green. Whether it's details about your successful Go Green Night, or how you started a green team, these stories and ideas are too good not to share!
  • Academics and Animals

    One school's 5th grade curriculum uses community service activities related to cats, dogs, and zoo animals to teach kids science.
  • Holiday Ideas for Your PTO or PTA

    The holidays are a natural time to showcase your school parent group with festive activities and events. Not sure where to begin? Choose from these ideas, newly updated with virtual holiday celebrations and activities.
  • Field Day Activities—Ideas by Age

    Field day activities should reinforce the message that exercise is fun. We’ve gathered ideas for traditional and not-so-traditional activities that will appeal to a wide range of children.
  • Stepping Up to Family Fitness Challenge

    A PTA encourages its school families to walk a combined 1 million steps to better health.
  • Bike Drive Energizes Community

    By collecting and repairing bicycles for low-income families, PTO Today's 2009 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Community Service Project turned a simple annual event into a community-building exercise.
  • Fun Family Events Help Build Unity

    PTO Today's 2009 Parent Group of the Year set goals to enhance student opportunities and bring together the school community.
  • Family Event: Crafts Night With a Conscience

    PTO Today's 2009 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Family Event combined a focus on fun with environmental awareness.
  • Reading Challenge Achieves Results

    When a PTO matches elementary readers with NASA astronauts, literacy scores soar.
  • Bringing History to Life

    Ancient Egypt becomes real again through a month of activities for the whole school.
  • How PTOs Are Making Schools Green

    PTOs and PTAs are increasingly playing a key role in school efforts related to recycling, composting, and reducing energy use.
  • Summer Crafts Fest Brings Community Together

    A two-day “Christmas in July” street fair brings together more than 20,000 attendees.
  • Parent Group Launches a Lunch Program

    Offering hot meals at a low cost nourishes students and also turns a profit.
  • Volunteer Appreciation in Minnesota

    Love it when districts "get it" when it comes to honoring and valuing volunteer efforts in schools.  Here's a recent parent-focused release from the Anoka-Hennepin district in Minnesota that captures that well.
  • New Addition to our Community: Family Movie Night Group

    Our online community is expanding! We are excited to let you know that we are adding "groups" to our community. What are groups? Think of this new area on our site as a virtual coffee shop, where you can collaborate with leaders around one topic or theme. Our goal is to help you share and discover targeted information more effectively in a supportive environment.
  • Big Trucks Raise PTO Bucks

    Cars and trucks galore drove the enjoyment at a communitywide fair.