Helping within Child school

Erica - posted on 09/07/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am on PTO at my childrens school. We are getting ready to have our biggest fundraiser of the year and can not get enought parents to help. Any suggestions on how to get parents and teachers to help within the school?

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Iridescent - posted on 09/07/2010

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A reward? I know it's hard to do, but it's also really hard for many parents to help when they're exhausted from working (or at work), dealing with kids... If you perhaps have a type of contest that states the person that donates the most time, and/or the person that raises the most funds, will receive ____ (preferably an item or gift card donated locally so it's more desirable for them). Yes, it costs, but it also increases the help.

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Lauren - posted on 09/14/2010

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People need to be needed. Be specific and direct. Don't ask "Who wants to....." Make it a point to go to a parent or teacher who is a leader and ask them to be in charge of a "specific" task. Break duties up so they don't seem daunting and approach the people you feel would do a good job. Many hands make light work. Don't forget to include both parents and grandparents as well as school board members, teachers, administrative and custodial staff. Use everyone you have as conduits for the local businesses as well. Ask help from local politicians, celebrities, pageant winners etc. Don't forget...be specific in what you want them to do. All they can do is say no. Ask everyone for advice, be open to ideas and let everyone feel like they have ownership in the success of the fundraiser. Then, have thank yous written to everyone. Be positive and have fun!! Good Luck!

Tracey - posted on 09/13/2010

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Do you say I need this job doing next Saturday or do you ask for parents with skills to come in when they can? It may be easier to see which parents can do things and let them come in when they have the time, a lot of our parents are put off by a rigid schedule, how about send a questionnaire to parents asking them when would be a good time to help, and what they can help with, We also have a parent council with 2 parents from each class who have fortnightly meetings to discuss school matters.

Katherine - posted on 09/12/2010

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Oh BOY. I'm on the Fundraising Chair at my daughters school and have the exact same problem. Do you have a list of jobs up? I post those, and fliers. Do you have everyone's e-mail? Make it as an event on FB, I do that too. Friend as many people as you can in the school on FB so you have a good strong network going. That way when you post events, they can all see them.
Make your presence known!

Carol - posted on 09/12/2010

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These are all great ideas.Don't get discouraged,because being part of your kids school is important to them. We sent flyers and I made calls.those that had to work we asked for baked goods,fovors or gifts.Some will help,but not all. Good luck. does help if you know a parent in the class.Teachers usually took off for parties they liked that,We had a goup called class mothers.They all helped.

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Have an incentive. At the school I used to teach at, we had uniforms. If parents volunteered with the PTO, their student got to have a free dress day (no uniform). That might not work at your school, but think about what would be an incentive for the parents in your community. Offer food? Maybe a homework pass for their kid?

As for teachers, we were allowed to wear jeans for a day if we helped with an event. Another idea: offer to watch their class for 30 minutes. Time is something teachers do not have enough of. I would have done anything for 30 minutes to catch up on paperwork, etc. during the day and to not have to bring it home that evening.

Rhonda - posted on 09/08/2010

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Become friends with a lot of the parents. I found the closer I became to the parents, the easier it was to get them to help. Since we wanted to hang out... it made it easier.

Becki - posted on 09/07/2010

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have the school make it mandatory. at one of my childrens school each family agreesto contribute 50 hours of volunteer work to the school. i beleive 20 of those hours can be done within the community. even before this i donated as much time as i could to my children's schools. my reason for doing so is because i realise how important parent involvement is in your childs education. you could also try sending home fliers. if you lay out days and times that need to be filled parents may be more willing to contribute if they can see the hours they are siging up for. very hard thing to do so good luck :)

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