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NAPO in the Schools

A community outreach program started in 2004 by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, NAPO in the Schools sends professional organizers into the classroom with a totally interactive presentation that teaches students basic organizing principles and the benefits of being organized. In 2007, the Elementary School portion of the program was launched nationwide. NAPO in the Schools Middle School and High School programs are in development and will be launched in the next few years after a successful pilot program is conducted with select NAPO Chapters.

The Program

Each school program includes an interactive presentation to be given to students in a classroom setting by a professional organizer. The presentation lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the time available with the teacher. Teachers and students are asked to give feedback in an evaluation form at the end of the presentation. Handouts that include organizing tips are distributed to parents; the aim is to start a dialogue between parent and child about being organized.

NAPO in the Schools Trained Providers – In the News!

Kristine Todd, KAT Organizing Solutions, Homewood, IL
Ori Parnaby, Organize with Ori, Tuscon, AZ

Elementary School Presentation

The emphasis of the Elementary School program is managing “stuff.” A disorganized child character, Drake or Hazel, is introduced to the students in an interactive way that illustrates how being disorganized affects the character’s life. The students find ways to get Drake/Hazel organized and see how being organized helps him/her. A hands-on organizing exercise then teaches students some basic organizing principles and the concept of sorting.

Check back in the coming months to view photos, video clips, and testimonials from NAPO in the Schools presentations across the nation!