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As a PTA/PTO leader, you probably have lots of ambitious goals for the year. (And if you haven’t yet clarified your organization’s goals, check out our blog post on the topic). But in order to get things done, you’ll need the help of some committed volunteers. And let’s be honest, being a volunteer coordinator can be tough. That’s why we asked a PTA expert, Shari Sneary, to give you 5 simple ways to recruit more volunteers and keep them coming back:
Note: This is a guest post by Steven Puckett, Principal of Harrisburg Elementary School in Lancaster County, SC.
As a school leader, there’s no greater joy than seeing students become leaders. In one word, leadership is influence. At our school, we believe ALL our students and ALL our staff are leaders, and each of them has the power to influence those around them in a positive way. In order to develop leaders in our school, we focus on these principles EVERY SINGLE DAY. Regardless of where your school culture is, you can start implementing these three principles today. read more…
It happens almost every year—a new school year kicks off, an eager new PTA leadership team steps in, and you’ve got roughly nine months to make a positive impact on your school community. So, how will your newly formed PTA decide its goals for the year and craft the plans to make them happen? Here are five simple steps to help you get your feet off the ground and moving in the right direction.
Let’s face it: Taking over as PTA President can be overwhelming and a little nerve-wracking. Hundreds of parents are looking to you to make sound decisions on behalf of their children’s education. Not least of these is this question: How are we going to raise money for our school?
Not to worry. After years of working with thousands of parent organizations, we’ve learned a thing or two about PTA Presidents and what makes them successful. That’s why we asked Cathy Ellis, a former PTA President for two years and PTA-involved parent for 13 years, about seven things she wished she knew as the incoming PTA President.
Here’s what Cathy had to say about knocking your first year as president out of the park: read more…
What if you had to choose between food and gas for your car?
Between food and medical care?
Between food and the roof over your head?
Which would you choose?
Every day, millions of Americans are making these difficult choices. The sad reality is, in the United States, 1 in 7 people struggles with hunger. That’s more than 46 million Americans (including 12 million children). In fact, hunger or food insecurity exists in virtually every community in the United States.
But these are OUR communities. Something needs to be done. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new giveback initiative benefitting Feeding America (the nation’s largest hunger relief organization), A Million Students Strong. This year, over one million students at America’s top schools will run in a Boosterthon event. Our brand new giveback program will let those students lock arms to help those in need right in their own backyard.
So how does it work? Every time a class reaches $30 per lap, we’ll give three meals to a local person in need. A Million Students Strong is a fun way to provide meals to the hungry while teaching your students the value of giving. And thanks to their help, people will no longer have to choose between food and basic necessities.
Our goal is to donate 160,000 meals.
How many meals will your students give?
Everyone grab your tickets and popcorn! Our new character theme is called BACKYARD BOX OFFICE, a movie theme all about making a difference by getting into character. This amazing new theme will take students on a step-by-step journey of how to make a difference in their world. Our production crew traveled the country to bring your students movies about five REAL kids dedicated to making people’s lives better.
Plus, we teamed up with CHARACTER COUNTS!®, the nation’s most reputable character ed organization, to create Backyard Box Office, a high-energy character theme backed by 25 years of research-based values. Students experiencing BACKYARD BOX OFFICE will not only learn how to make an impact from five REAL-LIFE kid difference-makers, but also fulfill 20 CHARACTER COUNTS! lessons.
From inventors, to world-class speakers, to business owners, to world-record holders, these five kid difference-makers will inspire your students to practice the five “Character Acts” so they can also make an impact in their community.
Your students will learn how to FIND A NEED with Aidan, two-time TEDx speaker and founder of the nonprofit Aidan Cares.
Next, they’ll learn how to WRITE A PLAN with Connor, wizard programmer and inventor of an app that increases school spirit and attendance.
They’ll also learn how to RALLY A TEAM with Alex, founder of Brickshare, a movement that enables kids to share Legos with other less fortunate kids.
After that, they’ll learn how to LAUNCH IT NOW with Trisha, developer of an anti-cyberbullying app and a Global Finalist in the 2014 Google Science Fair.
Finally, your students will learn how to GRIT IT OUT with Winter, Guinness world record-holder for being the youngest person to run a marathon on every continent.
Our Creative Team spent months finding and filming inspiring stories from these kid difference-makers all over the country. The result is the most in-depth and practical character program we’ve ever created. We’re giving your students an up-close look at how to make a difference right in their own backyard, told by kids just like them.
Backyard Box Office is hands-down our best character theme ever. Last year, students LOVED learning from real-life kids. That’s why we’re bringing them the stories of five elite kids already doing BIG things in the world. Don’t be surprised if giveback lemonade stands and handmade movie theaters pop up in your families’ yards after your students experience the magic of Backyard Box Office!
Also, just a friendly reminder—our 2016-2017 schedule is filling up quickly! Reach out to your local Boosterthon leader or contact us to experience our all-new program.
So how exactly are your students going to learn about character through Backyard Box Office? Through a fun story about a group of kid filmmakers trying to show a zany but skeptical Hollywood director that kids really can make a difference.
For more on Backyard Box Office, check out this short but epic trailer.