Let me just start by apologizing for the AWFUL pictures, still working without my computer so editing is a nightmare!!! With back to school rapidly approaching I have been in super busy mode! I volunteered to be PTO vice president at my son’s school and one of the first things I signed up to do was maintain the PTO bulletin board. I love this kind of thing and so I was super excited to get started. I decided I wanted something that would be functional for several months at a time and also something that was fun and inviting! I decided to break the board into two distinct parts. One side would be easy to change with the seasons and the other would be the tried and true important updates.
The first thing I did was figure out what I wanted to share with our families regularly. I knew that having a year long calendar was a must, as well as a list of volunteer opportunities that were always available. I decided that having a specific spot for the next important event would be helpful in raising our attendance and I wanted to include something fun and that would hopefully bring a smile to someone’s face.
I made the base with 12″x12″ scrapbook paper in out school colors. I used my slice machine (I’m still waiting to win a silhouette) to cut out the words in the opposite color. I glued a clear sheet protector to the scrapbook paper with a glue stick, which will allow me to easily change the paper without making a million staple holes. I created one for the calendar, events, inspiration, and volunteering. I customized a list of volunteer jobs I found on the PTO today blog, got a chippy of the district calendar and created a pretty flyer announcing our first meeting of the school year. Then I went in search of a quote, I finally picked this one from How to Nest for Less. My hubby thought it was inappropriate, but to me it summed up exactly what the PTO is about. A group of people who are “crazy” enough to think they can make their child school successful.
I really wanted to make the PTO seem less scary and intimidating so I got pictures of all our officers and had everyone write up a little bio. I paired this with our email address and phone number so that people could contact us at any time.
The final thing I did was add a giant picture of our mascot (hello staples engineering print), our website and Facebook contact info. I am so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to get this year started!