Do you find it harder to find volunteers for Thanksgiving and holiday-specific events? Why or why not?

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    NANCY TORRES

    Yes it is very hard to find volunteers for any event. Our school is a very low income school. The parents work and I understand that. We are always brainstorming to find out ways to get more parents involved.

    It seems the only time we see them at the school is when there is parent teacher conference night, and or they are giving out awards once a month for a few classes at a time.

    I was trying to find out, what type of speaker and topic that we could send out an invite and hopefully get more parents to come to at least one meeting.

    We need help.

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    Ashley Smith

    We are also a Title 1 school. We are trying to make sure that we provide resources for our families at every event. For our Spring Carnival we are going to invite community resources to set up a table in the cafeteria as a "Resource Fair" since so many families will be looking for summer support at that time.  We're inviting Fire & Life Safety; summer childcare programs; Girl Scouts, Scouts BSA; Fleet & Family (for military); Special Education Advisory Council; and more to be available and provide information to our families.

    We are hoping that will help. We also try to keep as many of our events as simple as we can. We outsource as much as possible as well. Our entire board works full time and we try to lessen the burden on everyone as much as possible. It also means planning events way in advance! 

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    Ashley Smith

    Nancy, 

    Our Sheriff's office once did a seminar on the dangers of the Web for parents. This year they are planning to present on the dangers of vaping at some of our local PTA meetings.

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