Choose from one of the following categories and plan your event using this Planning Guide (en español).
- Health & Safety Event: It’s simple—healthy kids just learn better. Families play a key role in their child’s education and health priorities. Host family engagement events around health & safety that are relevant and speak to the needs of your specific school community. Topics could include: nutrition/healthy eating, emotional/mental health, bullying prevention, and more! Try out one of our Healthy Hydration Stations at your Healthy Lifestyles event! Learn more at PTA.org/CelebrateHealthyLifestyles.
- Literacy Event: Reading together as a family is one of the best ways to bond while improving children’s competencies. National PTA is partnered with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to provide an abundance of resources for hosting engaging and fun Read-Alouds. Learn more at PTA.org/Reading.
- Digital Learning Event: Invite families to learn together about the safest ways to use technology together. Digital learning can provide opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere. Host an event (with or without the support of an Instructional Technology Coordinator) on topics like digital safety, cyberbullying and equity in access. Learn more at PTA.org/Connected.
- STEM Event: Encourage families to see the value in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As these fields continue to rapidly become a leading part of our global workforce, it is important to get kids from all backgrounds engaged in these topics at an early age–and it can be fun! Host an event focused on math games, science experiments, tech invention nights and more! Learn more at PTA.org/STEM.
Your goal is to get as many families to participate in your event as possible by removing any barriers to participation (e.g. transportation, translation or interpretation). Use these customizable flyers and templates to promote your event for students, families and community members.
Make sure to allot 1-2 hours of set-up and clean-up for your event. Before the event begins, gather all materials you will need and ensure they are all in the correct place. Create a welcome sign (in multiple languages if applicable) and have someone at the door to welcome families as they arrive. Have your participants complete a photo release form (en español) so your PTA and National PTA can share your event successes.
Consider having a kick-off by the PTA President (or someone else) that gives an overview of the event objectives and sets the framework of Take Your Family to School Week (in a fun way!) Throughout the event, remind families to all be involved in the activities – it should be for parents too! Don’t forget to take pictures throughout. At the end, thank volunteers and community members for their help.
Congratulations! Your event is over. Now is the time to celebrate your success! Use this sample template (en español) to thank your amazing volunteers and event supporters. And, tell us how your event went by completing a Program Leader Feedback Form.
Don’t forget to also share your event success with your school community and National PTA. Email pictures of families engaged in activities at your event to Programs@PTA.org. Share with National PTA on social media using the hashtag #PTAProud.