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Helping school organizations (PTA, PTO, PTSA, PTSO) and school administrators achieve their goals.

How to Rock Your Read-a-Thon
Sep 17 2021
How to Rock Your Read-a-Thon
Whether you’re new to running a read-a-thon, or want some tips from experienced planners to boost your success, this episode’s for you. We share the basics, the learnings, and even sample language to make your event a success. This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel (spirit wear and uniforms) while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at Notes:   Here is some sample language to describe your read-a-thon:   Every day beginning (DAY, DATE) through (DAY, DATE) readers will earn prizes by reading books.  Participants will get pledges from family and friends to support their efforts.  Sponsors can either pledge a certain amount of money per minute read or make a flat donation.   Here is a sample prize structure: Fundraising Prizes - prizes are additive                                                                    Amount Raised Reward         $10.00 - $29.99 in pledges = Invisible Ink Pen       $30.00 - $49.99 in pledges = Free Kona Ice       $50.00 - $99.99 in pledges = $5 Target Gift Card       $100.00 - $199.99 in pledges = $25.00 Bookstore Gift Card       $200.00 and over in pledges = $50.00 Bookstore Gift Card   Other Prizes Most Minutes Read The students from each grade who read the most minutes will each receive the top prize. Top Pledge Amount The student who earned the highest amount in pledges will receive an iPad! Top Classrooms The classroom that received the highest amount in pledges and the classroom that read the most minutes will win an ice cream sunday party.    Sample Student Letter Language: Dear ________________ [Grandpa/Aunt Mary, etc.],  Hi! I am sending this note to tell you about an exciting event coming up at my school, _____________. We are having a Read-a-thon! My whole school will spend [date] to [date] doing as much reading as we can, and we will be raising money for our school to fund ________________________!    I have thought carefully about how much reading I will try to do that week, and I am setting my goal at _________ minutes for the week.    Do you think you could sponsor me in the Read-a-thon? You could sponsor me by the minute or you could sponsor me for a flat amount. What do you say? Can you help me with my Read-a-thon this year? If so, let me know whether you want to do flat or per minute. I will reach back out on _______________ to let you know how much I read. All checks should be made out to _______________.   Thanks,  Student Name   Sample Business Letter: The _________________PTA would like to take this opportunity to announce our annual Read-a-Thon fundraiser. We will begin this fundraiser on ____________ and our goal is to read 100,000 minutes and raise $10,000 to support our school! Funds raised will help the ______________________________________ and so much more!  There are many opportunities to win prizes. Thank you for supporting our young tigers as they establish a love for reading!   As a business in our local community, we would like to ask for your support in meeting our goal. As a read-a-thon sponsor, our PTA will recognize you as one of our Circle of Sponsors:   Platinum Sponsor - $1000+   Gold Sponsor - $500 - $999   Silver Sponsor - $250 - $499   Bronze Sponsor - $126 - $249   Classroom Sponsor - $125   We are open to cash donations or prize item donations that rise to the levels above. The descriptions of how we honor our Circle of Sponsors are in the following page. We are a 501(c)(3) so all donations are tax deductible.    Thank you in advance for your consideration, School PTA
PTO and PTA Guide to Online Payment Solutions
Aug 20 2021
PTO and PTA Guide to Online Payment Solutions
Looking to modernize your PTO/A payment solutions? Some parents want to pay via credit card online yet others are totally opposed. How do PTAs and PTOs decide what’s right for their school and how do they decide between Venmo, cash, check and more robust online payment solutions. In today’s episode, we will discuss everything about online payment options for school groups.    About Our Guest: Tracy Smith, Customer Success Manager, Cheddar Up Tracy is the Customer Success Lead and PTA Vertical Lead for Cheddar Up. She is a tenured customer service and communications professional with over fifteen years of experience across a variety of industries. Tracy primarily focuses on addressing customer inquiries with empathy and an objective to improve their experience using the Cheddar Up platform. Prior to joining Cheddar Up, Tracy spent her career in corporate communications and community impact campaign management. Over the last seven years, Tracy invested a considerable amount of her time doing volunteer work, including three years as an elementary PTO president and several other years volunteering for church, Girl Scouts, and other school and community roles ranging from program leadership to fundraising management. Tracy grew up in Wisconsin and received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two children.   This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel (spirit wear and uniforms) while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at
Ensuring Your Special Needs Programs Are Included in PTA Programming
Jul 30 2021
Ensuring Your Special Needs Programs Are Included in PTA Programming
Including all children and families is central to PTA and PTO missions - how do you make sure you do that? This episode will share how some school structures can create roadblocks, how to overcome those challenges, and how to ensure your school group is including all children. Our guest, a teacher herself, also has some great tips for how teachers can ensure they are feeling included as well. About Our Guest, Dawn Menge, Teacher & Author ----more---- Dr. Dawn Menge has won forty-one International awards as the author of the Queen Vernita educational series including the Special Recognition Champion award from conquering disabilities with film festival.  She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master's Degree and a Clear Credential in moderate/severe disabilities, and a Bachelor's Degree in human development. Dr. Menge has been teaching students with severe cognitive delays for over twenty years, lecturer and mentor. She has three children and five beautiful grandchildren and lives in Southern California.   Additional Show Notes: Dawn refers to two children featured in her books - the two images she refers to are found below, in the order they appear. We hope you enjoy these images as well as Dawn's books.   This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel (spirit wear and uniforms) while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at