It's been a few years but our PTO was quite active and well established by the time I became involved. One of our main activities was to put on the school carnival. This was a big undertaking that required a dedicated, core group of parents to organize but it was always successful and the kids really enjoyed it. We had yearly fundraisers in which we used the money to make purchases for the school such as playgroud equipment, cameras, books, even window shades. We also gave a certain amount of money each year to each teacher to use as they wished. This was always based on how much we had in our treausury and could spare. We worked as chaperones for after school events such as pajama reading night at the school. We helped staff the book fair and any other event that needed parent volunteers. It is a very worthwhile organization and your children will benefit just by your presence at the school. You should look at the needs of your school, services or items not being met by the district and decided where you want to focus your work. Your school principal should attend your meetings as well as any teachers that you can get to attend. Good luck in this venture. I applaude you for stepping forward and helping, there are too many parents who take a hands off approach to volunteerism in their children's school, but I assure you, it's worth the effort.