Is your PTA or PTO looking for more parent involvement? Since kids and their parents participate in so many activities these days, it can be challenging to get people involved in your school’s PTA. Here are some easy ideas to plan and promote your group.

Focus on new families. When children are new to a school, whether they are enrolling as a kindergartner or transferring from a different school, getting parents involved in school activities may be easier because they are eager to meet other parents and get a better idea of how the school operates. Welcome new parents and boost school spirit with a welcome package in a tote that shows off your school’s logo or mascot.

Family Movie Night Host a simple night of family entertainment as parents and kids enjoy a popular movie. This is a great way to connect with your school families!

Family Arts & Crafts Night Channel children’s creativity, bring families together and get parents involved with your group with hands on arts and crafts.

Thank your volunteers People want to be recognized for the time and talents they share. Tokens of appreciation show people their efforts are not going unnoticed or unrewarded. And they might entice others to help, too.

Tailgating Night Football is a great way to build school spirit and teamwork. A tailgate theme promoted reading, math, and fitness. At a pep rally, students were encouraged to score touchdowns through reading and math. A local fitness instructor led everyone in a fun workout.