It is a known fact that well planned, relevant, timely Programs increase attendance at meetings. What is the objective of your Program? Plan the Program to meet the desired objective. Also remember that the IRS suggests that for every fundraiser, PTAs should offer three programs.
FOR SUCCESSFUL PTA PROGRAMS: 1. Identify needs - What programs are significant for your school and community? This can be answered by meeting with the Principal, teachers and staff. Also conduct a survey of parents and local community leaders / partners. 2. Suggested Programs of interest may include the following:
Alcohol Abuse Education
Dangers of Drugs
Issues Relative to Students and Youth
Planning for College
Reading Readiness / Improvement
School to Career Safety
Programs sponsored by National PTA (www.pta.org)
3. Set realistic goals for your Programs. Remember that Programs enlist the interest of single parents, encourage the involvement of men and special interest groups, strengthen member participation, provide better opportunities for contact between families and teachers, develop PTA leaders and improve the overall effectiveness of the local PTA. 4. After selecting topics of interest, consider comprehensive activities which will be needed to deal effectively with those topics. Remember, PTA Programs do not have to be limited to meetings and can be held at a site other than school property. 5. Decide what resources may be needed and plan how they will be obtained. If money has not been set aside in the budget for the Program, estimate the amount needed and submit to the Board for approval. Paying for a speaker is a legitimate expense. Remember too that IRS suggests that for every fundraiser, PTAs should offer three Programs. 6. Plan a Building Successful Partnership (BSP) or Florida State Standards Initiative training for your PTA. Trained presenters are available from the State PTA. A presentation is a comprehensive look at how getting parents and families involved can improve your school and increase student achievement. For more information on programs, check www.floridapta.org. 7. Remember that part of the mission of PTA is to assist parents in developing skills required to raise, protect and prepare their children. Identify and present Programs that will assist parents in this process.