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Parent Group Hall of Fame Archive

Sometimes the best inspiration is hearing about the amazing things done by other parent groups like yours. Compiled below are all the feature stories about past winners of PTO Today's Parent Group of the Year search—groups that were recognized for their outstanding work.

  • Community Service: Student Club Involves Parents

    PTO Today's 2007 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Community Service Project had students teaching each other—and helping others in the community—through monthly events all year long.
  • Family Event: Low Cost, High Profile

    PTO Today's 2007 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Family Event brings parents and students together with a camping night that's inexpensive, easy to plan, and one of the most popular events of the year.
  • Major Project: Community Garden Builds School Support

    A Phoenix group was recognized as the PTO Today 2007 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Job on a Completed Major Project for its garden that is part teaching tool, part service project, and part community-building exercise.
  • New Group: Unity the Key for New PTA

    PTO Today's 2007 Outstanding New Parent Group got a head start, launching family activities before its school officially opened.
  • Small School: New Purpose Renews Involvement

    Leaders of PTO Today's 2007 Outstanding Parent Group at a Small School learned their group had a clique reputation, then worked hard to change it—and succeeded.
  • Adversity: After Embezzlement, a Test of Strength

    Discovering that their veteran treasurer had stolen funds from the group, parent leaders opted to stick it out and face up to the underlying causes. Their response made them PTO Today's 2007 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Effort To Overcome Adversity.
  • Parochial School: Challenging Year Ends With Growth

    PTO Today's 2007 Outstanding Parent Group at a Private School began its summer with a large financial burden, low morale, no board, and an uncertain future; with an emphasis on efficient planning and making involvement fun, leaders met those challenges and thrived.
  • Parent Night: Social Event Goes Off Campus

    An inexpensive and well-attended social night for parents is PTO Today's 2006 Parent Group of the Year winner for Outstanding Parents' Night Out.
  • Multicultural Outreach: Group Thrives on Personal Contact

    Translation services, a mentor program, and personal outreach to parents helped make this group our 2006 Parent Group of the Year winner for Outstanding Outreach to a Multicultural Parent Base.
  • New Group: PTO Starts Strong

    Strong organization and attention to detail on the business side helped create a fast start for PTO Today's 2006 National Parent Group of the Year winner in the category Outstanding New Group.
  • National Winner: Fun Factor Pays Off

    Emphasizing fun for its events and activities created excitement and helped an inner-city school build tremendous involvement. That helped make them PTO Today's 2006 Parent Group of the Year.
  • Family Event: Details Make a Winning Night

    A nice family night became a terrific school event thanks to a focus on making sure everyone could participate. That focus made this night PTO Today's 2005 Parent Group of the Year winner for Outstanding Family Event.
  • Parent Involvement: Sports Program Sparks Interest

    An ambitious PTA-run sports program helps create interest and attract volunteers for all of the group's activities for PTO Today's 2006 Parent Group of the Year winner in the category Outstanding Focus on Involvement.
  • Parochial School: Marketing Campaign Keeps School Open

    Low enrollment, a declining local economy, and the departure of the school administrator made parents sure their Catholic school would be the next to close. What they did not only prevented it but also established the school even more strongly, and earned the group recognition as PTO Today's 2006 Outstanding Parent Group at a Private School.
  • National Runner-up: Diverse Community Shows Strong Bonds

    With the PTO Today 2006 Parent Group of the Year Runner-up, differences are celebrated and all voices are given a chance to be heard.
  • Major Project: Parents, Students Help Hurricane Victims

    The Emily Brittain Elementary PTO in Butler, Pa., took its school motto to heart with a large-scale Hurricane Katrina relief effort for a sister school in Mississippi. The results earned the group recognition for an Outstanding Job on a Completed Major Project in PTO Today's 2006 Parent Group of the Year search.
  • Small School: Parents Rebuild School Spirit

    After several years of declining student enrollment and parent involvement resulting from a districtwide reorganization, PTO Today's 2006 Outstanding Group at a Small School decided to set their own agenda: revitalizing the connection of families to their school.
  • Adversity: Rising From Katrina's Destruction

    After Hurricane Katrina swept through Ocean Springs, many were left homeless and jobless. But the PTO persevered, arranging for spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts, and more to keep the community together, making them PTO Today's pick for the 2006 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Effort To Overcome Adversity.
  • Idea Gallery 2005

    Cool solutions, approaches, events, and activities gathered from the 2005 Parent Group of the Year entries.
  • Family Focus Creates Fast Start

    Communicating their new emphasis on families early and often generated excitement and strong parent involvement for PTO Today's 2005 West Region Parent Group of the Year.
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