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Parent Teacher Organizations: What Can You Do?

This year I have taken over coordinating volunteers for my daughter's elementary school - it is a fun way to get to know teachers and staff, students and parents all the while making our school a great place to be. It also happens to be an extraordinary amount of work.

You offer adults the opportunity to volunteer, you stock the database, you find leaders to take on  specific events, you communicate and over-communicate, you work harder to get volunteers, you try again to get volunteers, you threaten to cancel events if you don't get enough volunteers... but seriously... it's tough to get volunteers!

If you have kids in school, this is what you need to know: everyone has something to offer! Everyone has time to help with something. No excuses. When you have kids in school, you need to find a place to make a difference. If you are the PTO point person for recruiting volunteers, you need to show your families how important it is that they help and then thank them and encourage them over and over and over.

Your PTO can be great!! It just takes time to position yourself, especially if you are part of a school that has not historically had a strong PTO. Here are some great resources that I've found... I would love to hear your ideas too!

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  1. It all boils down to priorities and making even one or two events at your child's school is not only important but setting a great example for your kids. I am busy working and watching kids so I don't get involved as I would like but we do what we can. :-)

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