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Issues with PTO/PTA at your child's school?

I'm president of the PTO for our school and I'm just wondering what some possible reasons could be why parents don't get involved. I'm trying to increase participation so I need to know what the issues are to overcome. Thanks :)


Asked by travzmom at 2:22 PM on Sep. 25, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I think because they don't know the other parents and feel uncomfortable. I was really involved last year when my little one attended public preschool (back to private this year) but something they did was sent home a paper with "how you can get involved" info. Lots of thing where very low commitment like work 1 hour in the santa secret workshop, donate gift wrap, work at booth at the fair for 1 hour, donate some time of refreshment for Vera Bradley Bingo, etc... By having a low level of time commitment, parents were more comfortable getting invovled. On the sheet they also had an area for attending meetings. It had check boxes for headlines like : "I'd like to attend meetines but often forget. Please email me a reminder" "I' can't attend, but would love to recieve email recap of the meeting." That way busy parents can still be involved. Also once the email addresses are established, its much easier to connect.

    Answer by karamille at 2:46 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • It has to do with parent attitude. Some areas have parents that truly believe that it is their responsibility to make sure their children are being educated the way they think is best. Others think it interferes with "free" education. They don't pay for anything ever. You have parents who work and don't realize there is a federal law that gives them time to attend school functions without loosing their jobs. Some use work as an excuse. Some don't know how to help. Some don't feel self-confident enough to help. Some don't do work no matter what. There dozens of reasons. Good luck to you. Where I teach, we have about 25% participation, but 100% who want the benefits of the money raised and the activities planned. Kind of like our society.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 2:41 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • Agreed Jesse123456! We only have about 15% participation in a school with 600 students! I'm doing the best that I can but I'm one af about 6 "active" members of the PTO.

    Comment by travzmom (original poster) at 2:49 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • I think a lot of parents work late and can't take time off of work or, in my situation, my hubby works late and I have no sitter. Some parents just don't care or want to be involved and some just may be shy. I will help with what I can from home though if needed.


    Answer by Christine0813 at 3:59 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • I dont get involved with the PTA but i donate stuff for every function and I also help with the class parties

    Answer by fryshannon34 at 8:47 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • I try to be as involved as I can. It is difficult because I also have a 2 year old and don't really have anyone who can watch her. I do make an effort to go to all meetings ( My husband makes sure he is home on time those nights) I have every intention to be more involved when she is in school and I don't have another younger one at home. I still feel that there is a clique among the parents at my school and they tend to do everything themselves without really attempting to reach out to other parents. That can be frustrating sometimes.

    Answer by jjjjsmom at 11:36 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • Lack of time is the biggest thing a lot of parents work and work late I know at my daughters school they do activities right about the time school is letting out so there aren't at many parents willing to work, too many kids & why pay for a sitter to volunteer would be another one. I volunteer but I only have my daughter to look after and she's 8 so it's no big deal. Things that the PTO buys with the money can sometimes be a turn off to some parents. I try to be as involved as I can with my daughters schoool although I really wouldn't want to associate with many of the parents after that

    Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 9:32 AM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • I don't get involved because the teachers at my kids school are whiny, lazy and stupid. waste of time and really.

    Answer by mominnorthvegas at 9:49 AM on Sep. 30, 2010