[Notes] CEAG Meeting 10/20/2020 PTA Challenges Roundtable

Why now? This is an event that the CEAG has wanted to run for some time now. With times being what they are and people more comfortable with using technology like Zoom, it was a great time to see how we can progress and the CEAG can help the individual PTAs get the support that they need.


Group Problems/ Looking For Ideas

  • Trying to find events that are social and are good for fundraising.
  • Memberhub? How is it working to get people signed up for PTA? 
    • Looking for tips to make Memberhub more user-friendly
  • Recruitment Issues
    • Setting an incentive for signups
    • Deciding a date that the person would need to be a member by in order to get a certain benefit/ access to a program


Ongoing Efforts From Our PTAs

  • Recruiting efforts including outreach to caregivers to join and to connect on the FaceBook page to stay in touch with what is going on in the various student grades. 
  • The mum sale did still happen this year, earlier in October 
  • Ideas for increasing Greenspace by removing some of the blacktop on the school grounds
  • Indoor Murals
  • Book Nook, increasing the number of books to reach SEL initiatives


Fundraising Efforts Benefitting

  • Project Graduation- usually an evening at “The Big Event” in Cherry Hill
  • Awards at Graduation and Merit Awards throughout the school year
  • Smaller events also sponsored during the year


Additional Ideas for Fundraising Spending

  • What staff needs to maintain a safe classroom
  • Outdoor classroom space
  • Online Events for social enrichment for the kids
  • Sponsor a Senior


Keep an eye out for Oaklyn: Student Technical Support Fund


Events Ideas

Ideas for Virtual/ Digital Events

  • Virtual School spirit week 
  • Pen Pal system across the district 
  • “Meet and greet” with the kids on school or grade level using something like Flipgrid


Hybrid Special Events

  • Timed Trunk or Treat
  • Food Drives for Local Pantries


Fundraiser Ideas

Hybrid Fundraiser Ideas

  • Mixed Bag
  • Book Fairs


Online Fundraising Ideas 

  • Doing A Virtual Run
  • Read-A-Thon
  • Online Auction
  • Family Engagement Programs (ie:Minecraft Lego Building)
  • Painting with a twist/ Painting with a purpose

Ongoing Support Available

Additional Resources:

Membership Monday Call (Monthly)

PTA leaders Facebook page 

Leading a PTA virtually 

National Reflections Program 

NJ PTA State Reflections

Jen R

Jen R

Jen Rossi, Vice President Jen Rossi moved to Collingswood with her spouse in 2012. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Fine Art. She has a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in Elementary Education (K-5) and as a Teacher of Fine Art (K-12). After a part-time floating position and substitute teaching, Jen returned to the corporate world. Professionally Jen is a Digital Marketing Manager for a privately owned insurance brokerage, providing important information on how to reduce the risks in today's business world: ranging from slip and fall injuries to computer network hacks. Getting the information in the hands of people who need it with the help of guidebooks, webinars, instructional videos, blog posts, social media alerts, and online courses. With this background in education and knowledge of the process for communicating important information to anyone willing to hear it, Jen focuses her energy on making a big impact with small things- making life a little more convenient, helping people get informed, keeping things practical and timely, and encouraging achievable goals for success. In her free time, Jen loves upcycling, improving, and otherwise repurposing materials to the delight of family, neighbors, and Etsy customers. She looks forward to running down questions and getting helpful information into social feeds and inboxes of members of the Collingswood community.