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Is My School or PTA/PTO a 501(c)3, and Why Should I Care?

It’s not unusual to misunderstand the difference between a school or Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)/Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) being tax-exempt and being a 501(c)3. Many, many people think they are one and the same. I recently did a series of webinars for edWeb.net and we briefly discussed why some schools have applied for 501(c)3 designation from the […]

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PTO/PTA 101: To Be or Not to Be a 501(c)3?

When my son started school, I got all the requisite paperwork most schools probably send out – volunteer forms, pick up and drop off procedures, sign up sheets for Spanish club, etc. And of course, the call for volunteers for the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). I haven’t been very active in the PTO – I would […]

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Fall 2016 Grant Round-Up

Pumped Up and Ready for the New School Year?  Here are Some Grant Opportunities for You! I have always loved the start of a new school year! Everyone – students, teachers, and parents (maybe parents more than anyone else!) – is excited, refreshed, and ready for the opportunities ahead. And some of those opportunities include […]

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Make Mornings Better

This morning I had to (nicely, of course) ask my children, multiple times, to do the following: Get in the shower. Pick out a shirt. Bring me your lunchbox. Put on the shirt you picked out. Find your shoes. Get in the shower (again). Stop playing with the dog. The end result was that approximately […]

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I Need Grant Money, but Where Do I Begin? Step Up to the Starting Line!

Sometimes the hardest step to take is the very first one. So if you’re a teacher sitting in your classroom, wondering where you’re going to get a few hundred dollars to buy much-needed supplies for your students as school begins, you’re probably asking yourself, “Why can’t I get some of that $60 Billion of grant […]

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Make This School Year the Best!

My son started school this week. When I asked him, the night before his first day, if he was excited, he looked right at me and said, “Not even a little bit. I wish summer lasted forever.” I, on the other hand, couldn’t be more excited to get back into a normal schedule and not […]

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Why do Teachers Spend their Own Money on Classroom Supplies and Materials?

As summer draws to a close, teachers are thinking about the supplies they need for their classrooms. Unfortunately for many teachers that means digging into their own pockets. It’s no secret that America’s educational system faces challenges, with dwindling budgets at the top of the list. As a result, teachers are consistently asked to do […]

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8 Summer Activities to Wow Your Kids

I am the queen of heading over to Pinterest to look for a specific activity and then before I know it I’m planning Easter desserts and pinning “How to make your home a winter wonderland.” In July. So eventually I just give up and accept the fact that I am a Pinterest failure. But that […]

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Looking for Examples of Award-Winning Grant Proposals? We Can Help!

If you’ve ever heard me speak about grant writing, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard me say – more than once – to get your hands on, and read, as many award-winning grant proposals as you can. You gain an incredible amount of information reading other writers’ proposals! You see, firsthand, what really works on paper. […]

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5 Easy Ways to Overhaul Your Family’s Eating Habits

My kids think ranch is a food group. It’s definitely a mom-fail, but it’s the truth. I try to balance their diets with veggies and fruit, but given the choice they would probably almost always choose chicken nuggets – with ranch of course! So I’ve been trying to minimize the garbage they eat, but it’s […]

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