The Role of a Parent Volunteer Group


The objectives of a PTSO are to (customize following to match bylaws or goals):


· Establish and maintain a working relationship among parents, school and community.

· Support school improvement teams and promote the finest education possible for the students at XZY Elementary.

· Expand technology and supplement equipment and supplies.

· Increase student safety and security.

· Develop programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum.

· Enhance the quality of education by raising funds for school supplies or programs that fall outside the school budget.



  • Support the educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school
  • Encourage parents’ involvement in their individual children’s lives, education, class, and school
  • Provide feedback and suggestions for school programs
  • Coordinate programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum
  • Encourage/fund the increased exposure of students to technology
  • Provide feedback/assist with increased awareness of school safety and security issues
  • Organize fundraising efforts to support some additional programs, equipment, and services not covered in the school budget
  • Support the educational goals of the school and assist with attaining those goals through parent and community volunteerism
  • Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts to staff PTO functions and assist with school programs
  • Stay aware of legislation and political issues that may impact education and schools
  • A LOT ! ! !

The PTO does NOT


  • Run the school
  • Force parents to participate in PTO and/or school activities
  • Set policy regarding school programs
  • Define the school’s curriculum
  • Dictate the technology platforms and/or software used by the school
  • Define or interfere with the school’s security program and policies
  • Control the school’s budget
  • Set the educational goals, testing requirements, or compliance factors
  • Have jurisdiction or authority over school staff, teachers, and other employees
  • Endorse a particular political candidate or commercial concern