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Building a Community (Family Engagement)

Schools are at the heart of every community, and the PTA is right there building the connections between teachers, school staff, students, parents, neighbors and the wider community to support their students. Through events, programs, fundraising and community outreach efforts, PTAs across the country are building their communities and creating ties to the school in fun, engaging and innovative ways.

Read the stories of PTAs who are building strong communities through the challenges of distance learning and beyond.

Building a Community

Eagle Ridge Elementary PTSA

Phoenix, Ariz.

The Eagle Ridge ES PTSA in Phoenix, Ariz., wanted to help students and families feel connected to the school while distance learning. Using their COVID-19 PTA Relief Fund Grant sponsored by NortonLifeLock, they hosted fun drive-thru events regularly to get families on campus in a safe way.

Their most popular event was Story Time, adapted from an in-school tradition. On the night of Story Time, families were invited to drive through the parking lot to pick up dinner, where they were greeted by Santa and given a book. Kids then went home to enjoy their meal while teachers read stories to them virtually. As a fun surprise, Santa read the final story! #HowWePTA #PTAProud.

ER Drive-thru
ER Drive-thru Dinner

In their own words:
Since we are remote, just even driving on the campus gave the students a lot of smiles. Families are grateful for these events, which provide food and family engagement. Thank you National PTA and Norton Lifelock for helping us stay connected.


Collier Elementary PTA

Tucson, Ariz.

It’s hard to keep students and families connected to the school during distance learning. To overcome the challenges and bring the school community together, the Collier Elementary School PTA in Tucson, Ariz. used their COVID-19 PTA Relief Fund Grant sponsored by NortonLifeLock to develop themed wellness kits for every student. Themes included school spirit and international and academic games, as well as activities to support math literacy, STEM activities and art. They also created Monster Mash and Elf Workshop kits, which tied back to their traditional in-school activities for Halloween and the winter holidays. We are so PTA Proud of their creativity in helping the kids stay connected to their school during this unusual time! #HowWePTA #PTAProud

In their own words:
These funds are allowing our community to come together in ways not previously possible. Thanks NortonLifeLock and National PTA for this opportunity.

Collier Elementary



Mill Creek Elementary PTA

Lenexa, Kan.

The abrupt closure of Mill Creek Elementary in Lenexa, Kan., left students feeling anxious and disappointed. To bring the community together from a distance, the Mill Creek PTA used their COVID-19 Relief Grant sponsored by TikTok to create PRIDE Boxes for every student, which included information about local wellness resources, crafts, playing cards, and a card that students could draw or write messages on to send to family, friends, or frontline workers. The boxes also included a small lock for them to personalize and place in front of the school to create a powerful, visual message of togetherness. #PTAProud #HowWePTA

In their own words:
Even though we are physically distanced, we are standing strong together as a Mustang family. Thank you National PTA and TikTok for helping us stay connected.



Scott Libby Elementary PTA

Litchfield Park, Ariz.

With some students learning virtually and others doing a hybrid learning model, it was important to the Scott Libby Elementary PTA in Litchfield Park, Ariz., to keep school spirit high and the entire school community connected. Using their COVID 19 Relief Fund Grant sponsored by NortonLifeLock, they purchased wellness bags for all of their students, which included a t-shirt with the school motto. The PTA also gave t-shirts to all of their teachers. Students and teachers can wear their t-shirts proudly while out, showing they are part of the Scott Libby Elementary School community. The bags also included wellness items like hand sanitizer, dental tool kits (donated by a local dentist), and books for every student (donated by a local non-profit). #HowWePTA #PTAProud

In their own words:
The bags turned out great! My students are already planning a day when we can all wear our shirts together.
—Scott Libby Elementary School Teacher
Scott Libby Elementary PTA Collage Work


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