Our PTA participation is very low. We are looking into possible alternatives that would be more appealing to parents. What are some options?
Attendance at the PTA meetings is minimal. We never filled all the board positions and we are losing two of them to other schools because their children are transferring. There is simply no real interest and we are seriously thinking of letting PTA go and replacing it with something more parent friendly such as home room parents but we don't really know how to go about it. Our principle gave us an small office to set up a parent meeting place in the front office. We have our last PTA meeting of the year and I would love some ideas.
Please try to keep the PTA at your school alive! You can start the ball rolling by organizing a couple of fun and family-friendly educational events (such as math and reading nights) or social events (such as ice cream social or movie nights). Ask a couple of parents to help in capacities that they are comfortable with.
Let's face it: people are sometimes turned off by the PTA because they see it as all about long meetings and fundraising. So try holding meetings on the same evening as socials such as movie nights, and make them brief.
At our school, we find different ways that people can contribute to the school, whether it's volunteering at the library or garden, or events, or supporting fundraisers. That one parent who has not turned up at most school events might just happen to be the one who raises the most in the fundraiser. And instead of contributing money, others may be very generous with their time. Every little effort goes appreciated.