You pays your money, you gets your....nothing. LOL.
Let's see, when my ds was in school, the money generally went towards stuff like Teacher's appreciation breakfast. The PTA/PTO also does fundraising, for things the school needs or wants....like selling cookie dough/ pies/ magazines (depending on kids' age level) to buy a new flagpole, school sign, beautify the place. And they try to find guest speakers to talk about various topics.
The PTA/O in my area also elects a representative to go to the city Board of Education meetings, to give the parents perspective on the plans and to bring info back to the parents at the school.
I guess that's all I can think of right now.
at 6:42 PM on May. 26, 2010