Last week, the Boosterthon Home Office in Atlanta invited 13 Boosterthon ladies from across the country—principals, PTA leaders, parents, and a counselor—to learn how to make our program even better. The event, “In The Blue,” was all about idea sharing. It was a huge collaboration of learning, and one issue that arose was the struggle to increase parent involvement.
Here are 3 tactics schools shared with each other to solve this common concern.
1. Use “Sign Up Genius.” Say good-bye to loose sign-up sheets and messy handwriting. This free website allows you to organize volunteers in time slots, create events, and send reminders so the volunteers you do have can be reminded what they signed up for and when to show up.
2. Teachers know the scoop. Rather than just using email or newsletter blasts to attract volunteers or recruit new PTA/O members, go directly to homeroom teachers who know their super-involved parents. Reach out to them and let them know you’d like their help or involvement.
3. Throw a little party. Say you gather some volunteer interest early in the school year. Host a little gathering on or off-campus to say 1) Thank you! and 2) gauge individual interest in activities or involvement. This will give you a realistic picture on whether you have a super-crew ready to change the world, or you still need to find a few more parents to keep your school a well-oiled machine.
There you have it. Straight from our “In The Blue” all-stars. We know every school in America needs parent volunteers to help make their school better than ever, so we hope these tips put your school at maximum volunteer capacity.
If you have any sure-fire tips to increase parent involvement, share them with other Boosterthon PTA/O leaders on our Facebook page. They want to learn from you!