Programs To Go

A PTA “Program” is a special presentation, event, forum, or concert scheduled as entertainment or to provide information of interest to your members and community. We create and/or seek out programs that encourage and support parent involvement in the lives of children.

One theme that has become clear to Illinois PTA is that local units are always looking for things that will grow and maintain parent involvement in your community. This page is dedicated to program ideas that will assist you in drawing interest from parents and other community members. Try something new, it may might spark interest in your PTA!

This page features various successful programs from National PTA, Illinois PTA, PTA Local Units, Partners, and Cooperating Agencies. These programs will be presented with step-by-step directions and/or templates for forms and flyers. All you have to do is take the idea and make it work for your local unit’s needs! Good luck!

Stay Informed

New programs and changes to existing programs are announced in our weekly e-news mailings, monthly E-Bulletin and through our social media channels. Subscribe to our mailing list to insure you have the most current information on our programs.


“Thanks for the Memories” Membership Campaign

Your PTA works hard on behalf of the children, parents, and staff of your school providing volunteers, programs, events, and resources. Mid-year is the perfect time to reach out to parents for a “Thanks for the Memories” Membership Campaign.

Remind parents of all the ways the PTA makes a difference at your school by providing various programs, fun family and school events, parent and school resources, & volunteers for the PTA and school. There are many ways to reach out to parents for their support.

Thanks for the Memories Explaination
Thanks for the Memories sample flier (FILLABLE)
Thanks for the Memories Social media messages


PTA Super Fan Membership Referral Campaign

Making personal contact with others is the most effective way to make an impact, share your story, answer any questions, and invite them to join through their membership and support!

Your PTA Members are your best resource; tap into their commitment and support shown through membership. Their outreach of contacts expands your possible membership base, allows them to help the PTA, and you can grow your membership.


Super Fan Membership Referral Campaign Explanation Sheet
Super Fan Personalizable Referral Form FILLABLE
Super Fan Membership Flier

Grow Your Membership Through a Gifting Campaign

Give the Gift that gives to SO MANY. PTA MEMBERSHIP! Purchase a gift Membership for someone special to you. Your gift of membership will not only help your child and your school, but will also assist Illinois PTA and National PTA advocate for legislation for positive change for children here and across the country.


Gift Membership Campaign Explaination
Membership flier- Gift Memberships (FILLABLE)

Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz Challenge A New Program to Go for Illinois PTAs

Illinois PTA has partnered with Ride Illinois to provide the Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz Challenge, a new Program to Go for Illinois PTAs. The program provides online quizzes on bicycle safety for child and adult bicyclists and adult motorists. The quiz can be done at home, as part of a PTA event such as a bike rodeo, or as a class activity in the computer lab—the quiz meets Illinois Learning Standard 19C.

The program allows PTAs to set up code numbers to track for each group taking the quiz, whether class versus class, grade versus grade, or your PTA versus a neighboring one. PTAs using the quiz codes and holding their competitions prior to May 16 each year will be eligible for a drawing to win $250 for their PTA or school.

Get your families ready to bike safely, prepare for Bike to School Day, or make sure your new teen drivers know about sharing the road with bicyclists—take the Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz Challenge!


PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle

The PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle includes a set of free activities and tools in English and Spanish to organize events that engage the entire family in improving reading skills for students between kindergarten and fifth grade.



Birth to Five Night

Belleville District #118 in Belleville, Illinois, hosted a Birth to 5 Night in January of this year. The Birth to 5 Night was planned and organized by the district’s Pre-K Director and one of the Parent Educators. On this evening, all parents that live within the school district were invited to attend a free dinner and parent workshop. The event was advertised on school marquees throughout the district, in the Belleville News Democrat, by flyers that went home with all students
throughout the district, and through an automated call that went
out to all district families.
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Parents' Guide to Success

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (listed below in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 45 states have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

National PTA® created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics).

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Family Fishing Night

PTA’s can host a “Family Fishing Night” by contacting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to arrange the event. IDNR will assist in setting up the arrangements at a local lake, provide an urban fishing representative to speak and help with the event, and provide all the poles and bait for fishing— all FREE!!! This has been a successful program at many schools in Illinois already and one of the best kickoff events of the year or at the end of the year to celebrate a job well-done.  This event is best hosted in warmer weather so it is enjoyable for everyone!

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All Pro Dad's Day

Arising out of the tragic loss of his son and feeling the need to help families, Indianapolis resident Bill Bissmeyer started the first Dad’s Day group in a small restaurant just a few years ago. The purpose of Dad’s Day is to set aside time each month for dads and their kids to spend together, to equip dads to be better parents, to help kids understand their dads better, and to enjoy a nice meal!

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Health and Wellness Fair

“THE FIRST WEALTH IS HEALTH” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sponsoring a Health Fair will enable your PTA to….Share practical and valuable health information.

  • Increase awareness about health, wellness, and safety issues that involve children.
  • Identify health problems and promote prevention, maintenance and good health.
  • Inform, educate and teach.
  • Provide health screenings and services.
  • Motivate participants to make positive changes and emphasize the practice of good health habits.
  • Offer at ONE TIME and at ONE PLACE health services for the community
  • ...and will enable your parents and students to begin building that “wealth”..

    Health and Wellness Fair Program
    Sample Documents


Find a Book

“Find a Book, Illinois” is a fun and easy way to select books based on a child’s Lexile measure and interests. You can use this free search tool to build custom lists for readers at all ability levels, and then locate your selections at the local public library.
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