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National School Parent Group Day Celebrates Organizations
California Avenue kindergarten students line up with their parents outside one of the kindergarten classes as the school year begins for the Riverbank Unified School District on Monday, Aug. 10. As classes began, the families received an orientation for the coming term. Ric McGinnis/The News

School parent groups nationwide will join in observing National School Parent Group Day on Thursday, Sept. 27. The event, sponsored by PTO Today, recognizes the hard work PTOs and PTAs do to make their schools even better places for students.

“Across the country, school parent groups provide countless volunteer hours and financial support that helps make schools stronger. National School Parent Group Day was created to applaud the work parent volunteers do in every local community and schools across the country,” said Lani Harac, director of content at PTO Today.

More than 83,000 school parent groups support K-8 schools in the United States. Parent groups go by many names – PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, and PCC, to name a few. While the groups vary in size and scope, they share the common goal of supporting schools so students can be more successful.

School parent groups support schools in two key ways, by providing volunteers and by funding items not included in school budgets. Thanks to the hard work of parent volunteers, schools have more of what students need to thrive, from volunteer tutors to new playground equipment and library books.

While the amount of money groups raise and spend varies greatly, a 2017 survey of leaders showed that school parent groups prioritize spending in these areas: student enrichment, school equipment or renovations, teaching aids and classroom supplies, technology purchases, family events and teacher and staff appreciation

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PTO Today is an essential resource for leaders of parent groups (often called parent-teacher organizations) at elementary and middle schools across the United States. PTO Today is the core property of School Family Media, a broader media and services company focused exclusively on promoting and enabling practical and meaningful parent involvement in schools.