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NCPTA Partners with Staples to Provide Member Discounts

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The North Carolina PTA is pleased to announce that Staples Advantage, the business-to-business side of Staples, is an approved supplier for the organization. This program represents the coordinated efforts of the North Carolina PTA and Staples Advantage to provide members easy access to a wide variety of items at discounted pricing.

The goal of the partnership is to provide the local PTA units with a Staples Advantage account in order to provide them contract savings (on average 30% discount depending on the product category) on all of their purchases made for both the school and the PTA’s use.

This negotiated program includes:

  • Ordering through www.StaplesAdvantage.com
  • Fast and free delivery on supplies
  • Easy access to Print Services
  • Dedicated account management and excellent customer service
  • Products that support business and classroom needs, special events, fundraising needs and more

In addition to office supplies, Staples Advantage also offers snacks, beverages, cleaning supplies, craft products, classroom supplies, tickets, paper goods, Kindles, technology items, promotional items, and much more!

Find out how the North Carolina PTA Staples Advantage program can make it easier to purchase the items your local PTA unit needs throughout the year. Complete this web form to register for an account on this program. There is no charge to open an account with Staples Advantage under this program.

For more information, please contact Sean Easton, Staples Advantage K-12 Account Consultant, at Sean.Easton@staples.com.

How to Develop a Strategic Plan for Your PTA

Each year schools look to the Parent Teacher Associations to assist the schools and increase its ability to provide programs for students and encourage parental engagement in the school. Some PTAs seem to sprout up and grow parent involvement at the school while other schools struggle to have enough people to fill the four elected PTA officer positions that oversee the PTA efforts. Why is this?

Why there is a lack of involvement by parents and community members is the question that PTA’s across the nation struggle with. If there were a simple solution our creative and forward thinking volunteers would have found the answer. PTAs are great at grassroots organizing for the success of children. Don’t be discouraged — there is a way to make your PTA blossom. One key is to develop a plan. Now you ask, “what kind of plan?” It is simple. It is a plan that answers the following questions:

  • What is it that you want to accomplish this school year?
  • How will you reach your goals?
  • Do you need people, resources or money to achieve the goals and if so how many/much?

When you answer these questions you create goals. As you create goals you develop strategies to achieve these goals. This process is called strategic planning.

National and State PTA offers many resources (in-person and online) that assist your PTA in developing a strategic plan. On National PTA’s website at http://www.pta.org/members/ you will find tools on all aspects of running your PTA including governance, membership, programs, finance, and fundraising, just to name a few. E-Learning courses on a variety of topics are also available.

NCPTA’s website also offers great resources to answer questions on topics including the roles of officers, duties of the nominating committee, good standing requirements, financial tools, and bylaws. Just click the Leaders tab. Training videos are also available on a variety of topics.

The spring and summer offers opportunities for in-person training development:

We encourage all leaders to become familiar with these resources and share with your members. All these materials will make the process of developing a strategic plan for your PTA so much easier.

Coming next month – How to Develop a Vision for Your PTA