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Tuttle Elementary School has a nationally recognized Parent Teacher Organization.
The Tuttle Elementary PTO was selected as runner-up in PTO Today's 2010 Parent Group of the Year.
The Tuttle PTO applied for the award to honor PTOs who excelled through adversity without sacrificing programming for students and teachers.
"A lot of our families have fallen on hard times," said Laura Taylor, who was Tuttle PTO vice president for the 2009-10 school year. "It's 30 minutes for us to get to a bigger city. We were struggling."
Tuttle Elementary parents were struggling, too, and the PTO also lost one of its strongest supporters, Brookwood Restaurant, to a fire in 2008.
"Without them, we really worked hard to tap into the community," Taylor said. "Even though we have these tough times, we were able to pull through."
The PTO raised $22,000 during the 2009-10 school year, which immediately went back to the school.
The Tuttle PTO was one of 500 applicants for the award nationwide.