Need Volunteers? Four Programs That Can Help!

We want to have more families involved with their children in the schools. In our PTA Mission Statement are the words, “We want to encourage positive involvement in all facets of a child’s life, by welcoming all families into the school. “ Our goal is that families will be active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class. At National PTA many programs are designed to help us accomplish this. Here are 4 of them.

  1. iMom offers resources designed to equip mothers with the ideas, information, and encouragement they need on a daily basis to help them in their most important job of being a mom. Have a mother daughter activity or breakfast (muffins with mom), a self esteem focused activity, or a fashion night.
  2. All Pro Dad features NFL coaches, players and alumni who speak out about the importance of fatherhood. All Pro Dad gives the men the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of their children and families. Try a Dad and child activity (Donuts with Dad) or a REAL, Jazz, or other sports night. Visit
  3. Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) focuses on improving education and the prevention of violence in our nation’s schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures and by having fathers present in schools and actively providing a role-model for students at their school. Examples for Watch D.O.G.S. activities might be: read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow, and mentor students where needed.
  4. Three for Me is a program designed to help you welcome all families into your school and encourage membership in the nation’s number one parent organization. Parents are encouraged to just give 3 hours at some time during the school year. Visit

When our children are in elementary school, their parents love to come to the school and help out. When they get to Jr. High/Middle School, parents feel like they don’t need to help anymore or that their students don’t need it. The truth is that they need it just as much if not more. Studies have shown that when parents are involved at the school, students do better, there is less bullying, more positive feedback, an extra set of eyes and ears, and that students have better academic performance, self esteem, and social behavior.



Questions? Contact Marilyn Simister, Utah State PTA Community Involvement Commissioner