Eco-Friendly Events and Promotional Ideas for PTOs/PTAs
Across the country Parent-Teacher groups are actively recruiting new members as well as planning school events and fundraisers for the 2015-2016 school year. This year show your commitment to the environment and your green school by hosting an eco-friendly school event, featuring eco promotional products.
PTO Today, a website and magazine dedicated to promoting and enabling practical and meaningful parent involvement in schools, suggests a number of environmentally friendly ideas for schools including, eco-friendly fashion shows, book exchanges, school beautification and bulb planting days, community clean ups and more.
PTOs & PTAs must always be mindful of budgets, but eco-friendly events and promotional items for kids don’t need to break the bank. An eco-friendly year-round giveaway for elementary school aged children can be a pencil with your school name and logo. Instead of giving away plastic toys that are rarely used and end up in landfills, give recycled pencils or erasers as rewards for good behavior, birthdays, reading incentive programs and more. Children love fun eco-friendly pencils such as our recycled denim pencils, recycled currency pencils or our American made, recycled mood pencils. These American made recycled mood pencils are made of 30% post-consumer products and the pencils change color with the heat of a hand. Another fun, eco-friendly promo for kids is a recycled eraser stick which looks like wood, but is actually made from recycled paper and has a smiley face on the end. Both pencils and erasers are also great prizes for school carnivals or fun fairs.
Walkathons and jump rope fundraisers are popular fall events for PTOs/PTAs. Incentivize fundraising by giving rewards at different levels. Sticking with the theme of walking, kids will enjoy receiving and using personalized shoe laces or personalized slipper socks with their school name and logo. Both of these eco promotional products items are 100% recycled and Made in the USA.
Spring and the end of the school year is the time for outdoor eco-friendly events surrounding Earth Day, Bicycle Safety Month and school field days.
Earth Day is the perfect time to educate children on recycling. Most municipalities have recycling specialists who can come to schools and teach children the ins and outs of recycling. Make Earth Day fun for kids with a variety of eco-themed promotional items such as USA Made, earth friendly, tattoos or educational items such as the Living Green Starts with Me bookmark featuring tips for reducing, reusing and recycling or educational wheels on a variety of environmental topics.
If your budget allows for end of school year spending, Frisbees or water bottles with the school name and logo are perfect summer send offs for children. Eco Promotional Products’ Frisbees are not only affordable, they are Made in the USA and made from 100% recycled material. We also offer a large selection of water bottles having these same attributes.
There are a number of organizations and resources available to make schools greener. Two of these resources are the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools Program and the Green Education Foundation. Make the change this school year and help your school become an eco-friendly school.