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.

  • 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.
  • Video Tutorial: School Fundraising Decisions

    School fundraising is no doubt an important part of a parent group's role. But is there such a thing as too much fundraising? Absolutely. Yes. That's what Tim tells us in this week's video tutorial. Learn more about his take on the right amount of fundraising and how fundraising relates to the overall health and well being of your school community.
  • Big Trucks Raise PTO Bucks

    Cars and trucks galore drove the enjoyment at a communitywide fair.
  • Higher Fuel Costs Mean Fewer Field Trips

    Rising costs are a problem for most school districts, survey finds.
  • Science Night, CSI Style

    Science is fun when students have to figure out “Whodunit?”
  • Community Service: Knitting for a Cause

    PTO Today’s 2008 Outstanding Community Service Project turned a fundraiser into a heartwarming event: Students knitted hats in all sizes for patients at the local children’s hospital, then delivered them personally.
  • 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.
  • Building Student Readers

    Students who read books can earn great prizes from the parent group's Little Red Schoolhouse.
  • The Buzz: Green Groups

    Parent groups across the country are finding creative ways to conserve resources and raise environmental awareness in schools.
  • A Special Day for Grandparents

    Every year, grandparents and other adult friends come from across the country to share the day with students.
  • School Spirit in the Spotlight

    Hundreds of students, parents, and alumni take part in planning or performing in a major variety show event.
  • Halloween Festival Builds Community

    Every October, a 140-student school in Michigan throws a party for a thousand people.
  • PTO Wins With Tournament

    Teams of students compete in a basketball tournament that has become a rallying point for the entire middle school.
  • Create a School Tradition

    Ambitious events build excitement and involvement. They make your PTO look great, too.
  • Organizing a School Fun Run

    Done right, a jogathon can build school spirit while also earning some big bucks.
  • Reward Assembly Stirs Debate

    A fundraising assembly featuring dogs doing tricks spurred months of debate in a southern California community after a mother protested excluding those students who hadn't sold anything.
  • Auction Makeover

    By turning its long-time auction into a more upscale, innovative event, one PTO took profits—and parent enthusiasm—through the roof.
  • McDonald's McTeacher McOK

    Sometimes I just shake my head at the food police.  Sure, there are definitely occasions when marketing to kids and marketing through schools can go too far, but this MD councilman's implied claim that McDonalds McTeacher Nights make kids fat is over-the-top.
  • McTeacher McFollowUp

    Ahhhh.... parents using common sense as a response.  Love it.