Calling all guys!
Did you know that your PTA or parent-run organization may not be taking advantage of a valuable resource? We’re talking about men of the family!
If your Parent-Teacher Association follows the national trend, only one out of every 10 members is a man. Though the roots of PTA were planted by the hands of women, fathers are often an underutilized volunteer base. And, if they’re directly marketed to, they may be a wonderful avenue for additional support.
Here are a few tips to help engage dads and men of the family with your parent-run organization—no matter the age of your student!:
Invite and educate
Try letting guys know they can make a big difference – it may be just the encouragement they need!
- Catch their attention by stamping fun and friendly invitations to the organization’s kick-off meeting on Mini Plastic Footballs. Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs are great places to pitch parent involvement and hand out those footballs.
- At meetings, inform attendees about the positive effects a father’s support has on his child’s education. Use handouts or brochures if you can, then encourage everyone present to pass along the information to the dads they know.
- Pass out Calendar Magnets to serve as quick and useful reminders. They are an easy way for new and old members to keep track of upcoming meetings and events.
Offer new ways to raise funds
Fundraising for your parent-run organization isn’t always a cakewalk (or, a bake sale!). Let the guys know they can help raise funds without breaking out a cookie sheet.
- Encourage sport-enthusiast men and women in your organization to put together a charity golf outing. Each team can sport an Evolution Polo with your school’s mascot. At the end of the day, give the players a special thank you with a picture of their team in a Golf Photo Frame.
- Another great way to put dads’ skills to work is to host a grill-off. Parent members from other schools around the area can participate—each supporting their school with a Grill Master BBQ Apron, complete with a school logo.
- To appeal to the avid athletes supporting your school, organize a mini-triathlon. Encourage members to raise funds by finding sponsors. Then, give each participant a Gripper Sport Bottle to show their spirit!
Provide a comfort zone
Let interested fathers know that they won’t be alone in their involvement:
- Make sure the dads who are already engaged are spreading the word that your organization is a co-ed operation. Give them logo’d coolies to give away or use at sporting events that say “Proud Parent.”
- Consider sending out a newsletter or friendly e-mail to parents praising the attendance of both men and women at parent organizations.
In the end, remember that it’s all about the kids. When it comes down to it, all children deserve a great education and all schools deserve parental support. When both moms and dads are involved, your parent-run organization and the students it supports will benefit.