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Ideas for Parent involvement with PTO


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julcan_79 August 4, 2009


We had our first PTO meeting last night for the new school year, and unfortunately we had no parents (other than those elected as officers) show up.   This is the same response we have gotten for the last 2 years.   We have cut the activities that PTO supports almost in half.  If we don't get any involvement from other parents, our school will no longer have the PTO as the few of us can't do everything.  Does anyone have any ideas on what to do? 


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user5400893 January 6, 2014


I am beginning to think that many PTOs focus too much on fundraising. I don't think fundraising is very motivating to parents anymore. It doesn't raise much for one thing, and it does so at great expense of time.

If your PTO was focusing more attention on getting parents involved in educational experiences with their children you would find yourself offering a gateway to volunteering and even fundraising. You need to build community before asking people for their precious time and money.

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leydemax August 10, 2011


we also have a couple of parents that take the sport pics from the school and make buttons and we sale them and necklaces for a fundraiser. that one we don't make alot of money. buttons at 3.oo necklaces at .50 a piece. but it gives the kids of all ages a chance to show school spirit. on game days you'll see lower elem with tons of beads and pics of their older sibs. it's great to see.

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leydemax August 10, 2011


Give u my ideas. we are a VERY small school. every year our pto holds 2 book fairs, our fundraiser. we have free hot dogs and drinks at the home coming event. we help sr class fundraiser. we donate items and money to hs class fundraiser and to the halloween carnival. we also give money to classes, and to the accelerated reading program. every 6wks the school holds award ceremonies, and the kids get "dog tags" for everything they excel in including parents go to pto mtgs. we also do snacks and drinks and door prizes at mtgs.

new things this year is cerificate of appreation for the parent that helps out. also thinking of getting a tv and each time a parent shows up for pto mtg or event they get a ticket to go into the raffle for the tv at the end of the yr. also going to be roating mtgs in morning and afternoon.

cuz yes one of my peeves all the parents lined up everyday to pick up their kids from school every day but they can't spend 30-45 min. in a mtg right after school once a month.

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leydemax August 10, 2011


I would like more ideas and less complaining.

* ppl with kids still at home... parents bring their kids or our meetings. I have a color sheets and stuff for them to do. Bring your own stuff for them to do. ask ur pto have a troup or hs kids to watch them in the gym or on the playground. see if gparents/babysitter will watch them for an hour or two.

and yes getting the recogintion from the kids and staff is great, when u know u do ur best to help out.
my kids are going into 2nd and kinder, the last three yrs i have not only helped out in their classes and go on their field trips but also helped out with the senior class fundraiser, first 2 yrs helped out at the AR store which my daughter was also too young to be involved.

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leydemax August 10, 2011


All I hear is excuses from some of ya'll. I'm a single mom of 2 and usually working two jobs. I'm on my second term as pto prez and prolly going on 3 this yr cuz no one will step up. and i don't if live in the same town that my kids go to. so there also the drive.
You complain u work all day and can't eat and make it to a meeting once month or at least every other month. Use the meeting days to pick up a pizza or take the kids to the burger joint, no cooking no cleaning and the kids will enjoy. if ur husband doesn't go leave them with him and order a pizza. or take them to grandmas. or hire some one for a few hrs. then u can stop by and pick up groceries on you way home so you wont have to do it this weekend and drag the kids with you. I mean think of something.

you know that parents involved with their kids schools, the kids do better at school and in life. proven fact. I see it, with the kids that have parent that are teachers and the few ppl that make it to the pto mtgs and events those kids are the highest in their class. Even my own kids included top of their class. cuz i know whats going on at their school. I talk to their teachers at least once a week face to face and know where they may need help. Like talking in class or more help in math.

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Mari5210 November 7, 2009


It is so great to see 2 moms who are trying to make a difference. The less fortunate children will always remember you and how you nice you were to them. You do make a difference in their lives! My daughter is in middle school now(6th) and I don't volunteer now, but I did go back to the elementary today and helped with their big fall carnival. We had a blast and made good money for the PTA. I got to see alot of my little budies and darlings and got lots of hugs from them! So you do make a diffence with your volunteering and just being good to the kids. So keep up the good work girls. YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE---ONE CHILD AT A TIME!!!!

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Corinna44 November 6, 2009


We live in not such a nice neighborhood. 85% of my son's school is hispanic. Some of his classmates are teaching him spanish. He came home to me yesterday & asked if Pescado meant "Fishy"... lol. I work in a restraunt & know a little bit of spanish & I think it's a great idea to teach him some. Especially since we live in a border state. A lot of the kids in the building we live in have parent's that don't care about their children. Some parents smoke pot, ask the neighbors to watch their kids for 15 minutes to run to the store & don't come back for 7 hours!!! I've been talking to the school social worker about these problems so he can report them. These kids love to see me in the lunch room & playground! They give me hugs, ask me to hold their sweaters & even ask me to help them cross the monkey bars! It makes me so happy to help these kids know that someone out there cares!

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Crissleigh November 6, 2009


Corinna44

I am glad to hear you AND your husband are so involved . We get very few dads to help out or participate I only know of 2 right off hand .
Our school is filled with a lot of wonderful parents who have quite a lot to offer but I just can not get them motivated .
We had a parent who says she is all for helping the school but when she found out she could not help out in her daughters class she didn't sound so interest anymore . We can not even get parents (excluding a few) motivated enough to send in recipes for our cookbook fund raiser. I not only put in hours of hard work and late nights for my son but for every kid at that school. The main reason I work so hard is not for my son but for the kids who come from troubled and poverty stricken homes . Not to brag but my son has it pretty good at home but a lot of our kids do not > These kids need good role models and to be able to see that some one cares about them . With drugs and drinking hitting an all time high in our area I want these kids to see some one really cares that they have a nice Christmas, Easter,Halloween, and any other ting you can think of .But most of all I want them to see that they do not have to follow in their parents foot steps . I feel every kids deserves to feel loved and cared about by some one . When I come in the kids always have a big smile and hello for me and yes that makes all the hard work worth it .

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Corinna44 November 5, 2009


My husband & I are the only two that showed up for the last PTO meeting. He gets so frustrated thinking the teachers don't WANT involvement. I just keep volunteering for anything I can because I want my son's school years to be memorable. I volunteer for lunch & playground duty, just finished the book fair & have signed up for face painting for the Turkey Trot. I will keep volunteering even though nobody else does. *I* want to make a difference. We live in a small apartment building & 7 kids go to my son's school. They all love having me at the school & I get hugs & "hot fives" every day. THAT makes it worth it! I will keep chugging along!

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Crissleigh November 3, 2009


Mari5210

You are right our kids no longer attend a school filled with fun & learning .They attend boot camp to prepare for state testing (here it is called West Test ) . My theory about parents now at days or at least the ones in my age group . We are children of the 80's the decade of excess . Money was not as tight back then and most kids were handed everything we wanted . We never seen the struggle for basic rights like the kids of the 60's and 70's . So I think for the most part we have no clue how to go about bringing change except for complaining (due to this is how we got our parents to change what we didn't like ). Now I am not saying all 80's kids are that way so do not get me wrong . I do not think we ever took the time to see how hard parents worked to help schools out . Back then more things were provided by the government that schools needed . Time and the economy have changed and parents need to wake up and see that they need to invest in their kids future and with out a good education they will not have one .



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