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Can you do a better job than the other people who want to run things at your kid's school, and do you have a lot of free time to volunteer? Then here's how you can ace the election for PTA president.

Step 1: Read the bylaws
Learn the bylaws of your Parent Teacher Association in the organization's constitution or charter. Even grownups have to follow the rules.

Step 2: Get nominated
Ask a trusted friend on the PTA nominating committee to nominate you for the post. If that fails, nominate yourself.

Show your level of commitment by being active on PTA committees and stepping up to help in visible ways.

Step 3: Make a platform
Draft a campaign platform that includes a short bio of your leadership experience and skills, and lays out how you intend to unify warring factions, resolve issues of the day, and plan wildly successful fundraisers.

Create a clever slogan to put on campaign materials that reflects your best qualities, inspires others, or sells your vision for change.

Step 4: Have a strategy
Follow a strategy for getting your campaign message out and winning votes, such as hosting a party and promising future favors.

Form strategic alliances by getting committee chairs and other powerful people behind your cause, but don't alienate anyone, which might make you look like a divider.

Step 5: Build support
Be approachable and reach out to voting members to build support. Don't be shy about shaking hands and asking specific people for their vote.

Step 6: Hope for the best
Hope for the best and remember, if you don't win in a bitterly-contested race for the top spot, you can still do your kids a world of good from lower in the ranks.

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