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They’re the group of parents who orchestrate everything from Halloween parties to book fairs. But a school’s parent-teacher organization isn’t just for the kids. Parents join a PTO for myriad reasons. It can help them revitalize career skills and assuage the middle-age friend desert. All that while making sure the kids have fun. PTO is a common acronym that can be used interchangeably with the PTA — or Parent Teacher Association — a national nonprofit organization, or PTC, for parent-teacher council. As kids return to school you might see flyers or emails pleading for parents to get involved. PTOs play an important role as school boards face tough budget choices.

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