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Are you active in your kid's local PTA? I've been trying to. My oldest two are in elementary school (1st grade & Pre-K). My wife ran a "glow-stick gram" fundraiser that the kids loved at the school. And yesterday, I took the day off to run a fun run fundraiser - running with the kids all day.

How about you? What does your local PTA do? Are you involved? Do you have a PTA (or a PTO instead...there's politics involved in that decision, I've heard).
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I found out my sons school had a dads club along time ago so we started it again. We meet every other week do fix it projects at the school and drink Beer. Our motto is we do things the PTA doesn't, we raise our own money and have our own budget line. Last count we had 50 dads and 2 grandmothers and a couple moms who wanted to drink beer also. Couple sidenote: we meet at pub for drinking and our fundraising was really doing well so PTA was starting to eye the money, we planted 8 trees to remember us on campus. We built planters with grant money from Home Depot and made an edible garden with outdoor classroom. We also do annual bike recycle: people donate bikes we fix them and sell them for cheap back to parents who need upgrades .PTA wasn't for me to many votes to get anything accomplished some people like it so I think its a good group but like Dads club better
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Posted 11/12/15

scoobydew wrote:

I found out my sons school had a dads club along time ago so we started it again. We meet every other week do fix it projects at the school and drink Beer. Our motto is we do things the PTA doesn't, we raise our own money and have our own budget line. Last count we had 50 dads and 2 grandmothers and a couple moms who wanted to drink beer also. Couple sidenote: we meet at pub for drinking and our fundraising was really doing well so PTA was starting to eye the money, we planted 8 trees to remember us on campus. We built planters with grant money from Home Depot and made an edible garden with outdoor classroom. We also do annual bike recycle: people donate bikes we fix them and sell them for cheap back to parents who need upgrades .PTA wasn't for me to many votes to get anything accomplished some people like it so I think its a good group but like Dads club better

Interesting.

I'm having a better experience with our local PTA than it sounds like you did. There are generally votes, but everyone seems to get along pretty well and have the kid's best interests at heart. We've provided stuff for the kids each year (gifts for 5th grade "graduation" each year, mice for the new laptops the school got, folders for the teachers to send paperwork home, books for students who lost loved ones). We've also paid for assemblies at the school, coordinate prep of the yearbook, set up and pay for some events for the school like a "sneak a peak" event for the kids to meet their teachers, see their classroom. It's gone well so far. But I'm in a nice little school with a great and super active PTA...and I have 4 kids, the youngest of which are twin 15 month olds...so I'll be here for a while.
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