National School Parent Group Day Celebrates the Work of School PTOs and PTAs

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On September 27, 2018, school communities will observe National School Parent Group Day. The event, sponsored by PTO Today, recognizes the hard work PTOs and PTAs do to make their schools even better places for students.

School parent groups nationwide will join in observing National School Parent Group Day on Sept. 27, 2018. The event, sponsored by PTO Today, recognizes the hard work PTOs and PTAs do to make their schools even better places for students.

“School parent groups do so much to make schools stronger through volunteer and financial support,” said Lani Harac, director of content at PTO Today. “We created National School Parent Group Day to illuminate the work that parent volunteers do behind the scenes and to help raise the profile of school parent groups.”

More than 83,000 school parent groups support K-8 schools in the U.S. Parent groups go by many names—PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, and PCC, to name a few. While the groups vary in size and scope, they share the common goal of supporting schools so students can be more successful.

School parent groups support schools in three key ways: by providing volunteers, by funding items not included in school budgets, and by helping build connections between home and school. Thanks to the hard work of parent volunteers, schools have more of what students need to thrive, from volunteer tutors to new playground equipment and library books. When parents are involved in school, their children have better educational outcomes.

While the amount of money groups raise and spend varies greatly, our 2017 survey of leaders showed that school parent groups prioritize spending in these areas:

  •     Student enrichment
  •     School equipment or renovations
  •     Teaching aids and classroom supplies
  •     Technology purchases
  •     Family events
  •     Teacher and staff appreciation

Go to PTOtoday.com/parent-group-day for more information about National School Parent Group Day.

PTO Today is an essential resource for leaders of parent groups (often called parent-teacher organizations) at elementary and middle schools across the United States. PTO Today is the core property of School Family Media, a broader media and services company focused exclusively on promoting and enabling practical and meaningful parent involvement in schools.

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