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Comment by Sheryl Longsworth on September 19, 2011 at 3:52am
I'm with a middle school in Northern California. The way we've been able to get 97% of our teachers and support staff (i.e. nurse, speech therapist, counselors, learning center coordinator) to join is by offering a $50 reimbursement for items they buy out of their own pockets for their classroom and/or students if they join before Sept 30, and only $20 if they don't join or join after 9/30. We do a membership contest to encourage students & families to join. The 3 homerooms with the highest percentage of membership gets a free breakfast served by the PTSA board during the homeroom period (homeroom is 1st period for everyone, hence breakfast). Our school has 5-6 dances a year so we also offer a $1 off admission to school dances for students that join and show their membership card when they buy their dance ticket. We also have a member-only drawing for gift card prizes. They get 1 drawing ticket for joining PTA and 5 drawing tickets everytime they volunteer for a PTA event/activity and for every PTA meeting the member attended. This reward system not only increases membership, but increases volunteerism and meeting attendance.
Comment by Christine Chavez on August 9, 2011 at 8:55pm

Lisa Little,

 I love what you have done we are in the process of doing the same thing for our town but are putting together a packet for prospective businesses asking them 1) to join PTA (The owner) 2) Donate a percentage or item to PTA members and 3) If interested in becoming a year long sponsor. Did you do any of these or was it as easy as just calling? I am doing membership this year and have been getting ideas together but last week at our Kindergarten Evaluations after getting a bunch of "no's" and Excuses I felt a little deflated! I'm working on my thicker skin before I start with businesses because its a FABULOUS idea!

Comment by Lisa Little on August 9, 2011 at 8:12pm

This year our St Joseph PTA Council put together a "Member Benefits" to help with  PTA sales.  School hasn't even started yet and many of our units have had great success with it.  Attached is a copy of the benefits.  It was easy to put together by just making a few phone calls.  Our community supported it right away.  Good luck!



Comment by robyn hively on April 4, 2011 at 6:52pm
I posted a sign at the beginning of the school year...that stated  "we dont want you we just want your money"... well it got conversations started and the ball just rolled from there.. some folks werent so entertained by it but most joined after they heard it was only on a need to basis...not every month.. not every event.. and kind of broke the ice between the new officers and parents...
Comment by Believe Kids on October 25, 2010 at 7:56pm
I certainly hope you get some good feedback from others. The only thing I can think of is to make a quick survey and ask if someone would be willing to volunteer if they knew it would only require 3 hours per month or less (or something like that anyway). If the principal has an email list, perhaps they could remind people that volunteering for the PTA is not a burden. Could you setup a booth at school events and talk to some folks personally? I hope that some others chime in.
Comment by Rachel Dodd on October 25, 2010 at 5:21pm
Great slideshow. What I discovered this year is despite how many times I personally informed people or put it in flyers, I can't get across to people that they don't have to volunteer to be a member.

Most of our parents are working households and I can't get this message to them.

What do you do this year to overcome this misconception about joing PTA?
Comment by Believe Kids on September 16, 2010 at 1:25pm
Not sure if you can benefit from this, but I just posted a slideshare presentation: 10 Reasons to Join the PTA I hope it helps you with membership in some way. Here's the link -
Comment by Julianne De Priest on September 15, 2010 at 3:20pm
What types of ideas have worked in regards to increasing membership in communities and schools that have of 43% Latina or 2 languages?
Comment by Michelle Antonelle on August 31, 2010 at 10:32am
Hello all! This is my first year running our schools membership and I've come up with the idea of "Completing the Circle". Children* Parents * Teachers * School * Community *. We will be handing people shaped cut-outs when you become a member and writing the family name on it. We will display the cut-outs joining hands in circle shapes in different areas of the school lobby! I really hope it gets the point across that all of these components need each other. Wish me luck!
Comment by Brenda Drummer Martin on August 9, 2010 at 1:12am
Some prize ideas for the class with the most participation as requested by Rachel Dodd, include: Popcorn treats, negotiating with principal for extra recess time...or even having lunch with the principal or the PTA president even... Kids sometimes just get a kick out of seeing a grown up do something silly with costuming and come to their class, read a story or do a craft... I guess I need some ideas

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