There are many ways to help the PTA…
There are so many ways. Here are a few ideas. Please bring your own to our monthly meetings or share them with our chair, Philip Thomas or call him on 07973 238753
Socials – there are Year Group socials throughout the year which are organised by your class rep. Invitations to PTA socials in the Autumn (drinks), Spring and Summer (BBQ) are sent out via Parentmail.
1. Meet other parents
Meeting other parents is a great way to stimulate your own thoughts and discover ways in which you can help make the PTA a success.The best way to do this is to come along to one of our regular meetings at school during term time. The date is flagged in Mentions and the agenda is usually posted in News in advance. Meeting minutes are sent to all parents on the PTA Parentmail. If you don't receive these and would like to, please email Mary Ballard, PTA secretary.
2. Be part of our fund raising and social events
Every term there is at least one social or fundraising event. You can help by attending – and bringing your friends. Or help organize or volunteer to be part of the team putting on an event. There is usually lots of help required so there is plenty of opportunity to be involved – whether your forte is spreadsheets or serving tea. Check these out in the diary.
3. Sponsor a stall at one of our events
If you are not able to volunteer your time, you can still contribute by sponsoring stalls at our Christmas and Summer Fairs. By paying the costs of overheads you ensure that the stall will make even bigger profits.
4. Volunteer your company's products or services
The PTA requires all sorts of services to help raise money. If you work for a company or run your own, think how you can offer its services or products for PTA use, or to raise funds.
The list is endless: driving lessons, a holiday, music, printing, rail vouchers, sports tickets, restaurant meals, cosmetics, children's toys, laptops, theatre tickets, a visit to a TV show, golf tuition, a tour of your interesting workplace?
Please think how you can offer these to the PTA to sell, as raffle prizes, or to create a new project to enrich your daughter's education.
5. Ask your company to match fund
Over 100 UK companies undertake to match fund charitable projects that individual employees undertake. This list includes companies ranging from Marks & Spencer to Southern Electric. Check to see if your employer is among them.
An individual project does not need to be a solitary event, but can be part of a larger programme and might include, for example, a stall at the Summer Garden Party. Barclays Bank has matched the profits of the bottle tombola stall in the past and the PTA has benefited to the tune of over £600.
6. Shop online
Choose from over 500 of the UK's best-known retailers at Easy Fundraising, including many popular names such as NEXT, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis and HMV...
When you shop after first selecting Lady Margaret PTA as your cause, a percentage (which varies from 1% to 15%) from every purchase you make will be donated to our PTA. Make the site a favourite; use it for everyday purchases, and especially for larger transactions, like holidays or a new kitchen.
It doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds for us this way, and as many retailers now give extra discounts when you buy online, you can even save money!
Why not install FInd and Remind? It's a free tool bar that shows a little reminder every time a donation is available when you are shopping online. The toolbar is free and carries no ads. .
7. Search online
Search the internet using Easyfundraising and help the PTA raise funds as you do so.
8. Become a Form Rep
These volunteers get to know members of their class and can organise teams when their class is asked to implement specific projects (eg Year 7 organise the raffle at the Quiz evening in the Autumn Term).
They are responsible for creating class lists at the beginning of the academic year and publishing at least one updated version during the year. Class reps get close to understanding what the year think.
Oh, and we'd love to see more dads becoming class reps please...
Click this link for the all important Gift Aid form. It takes a couple of minutes to complete and adds 25% to your valuable contribution, so please check it out. Thanks!