Fruitville Elementary School PTO Inc
SARASOTA FL 34232-2336
Fruitville PTO's mission is to strengthen, enhance and encourage the educational and social environment of Fruitville Elementary; to sponsor and organize fundraising, school, and social events geared to deepen school spirit and provide additional opportunities for students, families, teachers and administrative staff to learn, socialize, communicate and grow.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Gina Purdy
Board Chair Affiliation PTO Co-President
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt Dec 2017
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
In addition to the PTO's ongoing efforts to increase our school's number of Business Partners, we also hold three annual fundraisers: Fall Festival, Jog-A-Thon and Silent Auction. Here is a list of just some of the things we are able to do with the money we raise.
2015/16 Accomplishments:
1) Funded class field trips.
2) Provided each teacher with a $125 grant to offset the money they spend out of their own pockets to supplement needs for their individual classrooms.
3) Awarded our Science Lab with a $1,500 grant for additional supplies.
4) Expanded our school-wide software library by adding Reflex Math, which is available to all students using individual log-ins.
5) Supported the Library Committee's efforts to update and expand our Media Center by committing funds for the purchase of new books, and new modern furniture. 
2016/17 Goals:
1) This year we are beginning an on-going commitment (in phases) of providing Microsoft Surface Pros for each classroom with the goal of reaching a 1:1 ratio of computer per student - estimated cost still being resourced.
2) We are hoping to purchase a new teacher/staff mailbox system to replace our existing "hodge-podge" of several different systems stacked and taped and glued together - estimated cost $4200.
3) Grounds beautification project includes plants, trees, sod, etc. to enhance the areas surrounding our amazing new building - estimated cost $5000.
4) Expansion of our Garden Club growing boxes to include several new boxes and fencing to protect the gardens from intruders - estimated cost $2500.
Needs Statement
Our needs were also listed in our Impact Statement, but are listed here again:
1) This year we are beginning an on-going commitment (in phases) of providing Microsoft Surface Pros for each classroom with the goal of reaching a 1:1 ratio of computer per student - we are still working on price resourcing and will update this need with $$ soon.
2) We are hoping to purchase a new teacher/staff mailbox system to replace our existing "hodge-podge" of several different systems stacked and taped and glued together - estimated cost $4200.
3) Grounds beautification project includes plats, trees, sod, etc. to enhance the areas surrounding our amazing new building - estimated cost $5000.
4) Expansion of our Garden Club growing boxes to include several new growing boxes and fencing to protect the gardens from intruders - estimated cost $2500. 
Background Statement
Since its inception in 2005, Fruitville Elementary's PTO has been shaped, expanded and developed with each passing year by the dedication and continued efforts of all the families, teachers and school staff who volunteer their time and their hearts. From day one our purpose was to provide a forum whereby ideas could be collectively heard on how to make this school, our school - "Fruitville Elementary School" - the very best it can be. And while the PTO leadership, the committees, the volunteers might change as another 5th grade class graduates, the message is the create a community that intelligently communicates and cooperates with one single focus; to enhance the learning environment and experience for each and every one of our students. From after school clubs, to spirit nights, to funding the needs of our school when school budgets can't, this PTO has always been dedicated to "making it happen" for our students, our families, our teachers and our staff.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments While Fruitville Elementary School is located in Sarasota County; we are identified as the North County hub for full-time and resource gifted students, as well as autistic students across the entire range of the autism spectrum. Therefore, we also have students who come to our school from Manatee County. Our school has such a phenomenal reputation within Sarasota County, that many of our students attend by using the "school choice" system.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Co-President Gina Purdy:
Our small PTO has quadrupled in size in the last 3 years! This was a major personal goal of mine. I became active in our PTO 6 years ago. There were 5-7 parents and NO teachers. My first major volunteering task was as co-chair of our carnival; the carnival is our biggest and most time consuming of our 3 fundraisers. So I jumped in and had a ball. I met a lot of challenges along the way; the lack of volunteers was stunning. The following year I co-chaired the carnival again with tremendous success, and I was hooked! I was an avid volunteer on many levels the following year and decided I would like to be Co-President. I truly enjoy the people I meet, the camaraderie that our growing group has, and the different experiences that each year brings. I love the new "little" friends I meet as well. Nothing quite like hearing "Hi Jessica's mom", or "Thank you Mrs. Purdy, you rock". All of the funds raised by the PTO directly support all children, their education, and experiences here at Fruitville Elementary.  I enjoy being a part of the PTO because we are making a difference not just for our own children, but every child.
The challenge of getting more parents and teachers involved was met head on by showing that volunteering is a positive! I personally invite parents and teachers, make sure to show and give direct and sincere gratitude for volunteers, and have organized specific tasks and time-frames for volunteers to choose from.  All PTO Board Members wear PTO polo shirts with their name on it, to all PTO events.  We meet and greet as many parents as possible with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.  We start each school year off with a PTO Kick Off Dinner and ask all class captains to attend.  This has been a success and our turnout seems to grow each year.
We also made several changes to the PTO Board such as adding a Welcome Ambassador so that in-coming parents and children, and families that join the school throughout the year have a point of contact within the PTO to show them around campus, answer questions, and help ease any nervous jitters they may have.  We have also finally officially adopted a school mascot - Patch the Pirate. The PTO has purchased spirit shirts with Patch the Pirate, and on Fridays you will see our campus shine with school spirit as students, teachers and staff wear their spirit shirts!
In addition, our school's Media Center was sadly outdated with books and furniture. A few PTO parents, along with one of our dedicated teachers, decided to take the lead and became our Library Committee. They organized what we had, purged very old and outdated books, and researched new and exciting books that the students and teachers would like to see in our library.  Because of our 3 annual fundraisers, the PTO was also able to provide the Media Center with new books and brand new modern furniture. This was a very exciting accomplishment for us. Our goal each and every year is to encourage to love reading. "When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading throughout your adult lifetime does".
We are still a small PTO, with approximately 25 dedicated volunteers that consist of parents, teachers and staff. Each year we encourage all parents, especially the Kindergarten parents to get involved in any way they can. Next year will be my 9th and final year at Fruitville Elementary. It will be bitter-sweet at my youngest daughter's 5th grade graduation. I have met so many wonderful parents and teachers, and have made many friends and memories that my daughters and I will share for the rest of our lives.

Co-President Shaun Cumston:
I was asked if I would consider stepping in as Co-President of the Fruitville PTO for the 2015/16 school year, and afrer giving it some consideration, I accepted the position. I was not completely sure what it would require, and given that I also run an office, coach little league, and have weekly "daddy duties" that I share with my wife, who also works full-time, I figured I would approach it like I do with every thing else in my life - just figure out a way! It's amazing the time you can find to get things done if you just look for it. After accepting, and because of the great supporting cast we have on the Board, I quickly became comfortable in the position and now plan to run for re-election each year until my 2nd grade son graduates from the school. This year, because of a job change with Sarasota Memorial, my wife is now working locally, which gave her the time to join the PTO, and she just completed her first fund raising event as co-chair of the Fall Festival. Like me, she too was a little nervous, but also like me, is so happy she did it. It's been an amazing experience up to this point and I look forward to helping the PTO continue to make positive changes at the school, and to making many new memories in the years to come.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Fruitville Elementary's PTO does not have a CEO/Executive Director.
Description Each year our teachers spend hundreds of their own personal dollars to purchase necessary supplies and/or classroom comforts to enhance their students' educational experiences and classroom environment. The Fruitville PTO created our Annual Teacher Grant Program to help offset some of those expenses. For the first few months of every school year each of our teachers have the opportunity to submit receipts for reimbursement of up to a total of $125 per teacher, for any items they have purchased for their students and/or classrooms. Additionally, the Fruitville PTO provides a special teacher grant of $1,500 to the school's science teacher. This grant reimburses him for his personal money spent each year to supplement the Science Lab with supplies, materials, experiences, etc.
Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success In 2015 (55) teachers turned in receipts for educational/classroom items they purchased with their own money which totaled $6,632,00. Additionally, the science teacher was also reimbursed a total of $1,125 for receipts he submitted. The items purchased were identified by our teachers as needs over and above what they were provided for the 2015/16 school year, such as reading programs, special project supplies, student experiences, classroom center enhancements/comforts, etc.
Long Term Success Teachers have come to count on this program each year, and the PTO is pleased to be able to continue it on an annual basis. Our Annual Teacher Grant Program is aligned with our mission of enhancing each and every one of our students' educational experience, as well as further promoting a sense of community. As a result of this reimbursement program, our teachers feel heard, supported and respected, and our students have additional items needed to help make their school year as successful as possible.
Program Success Monitoring The success of this program is proven by the number of teachers who participate each year. We evaluate the total amount distributed to teachers, the program system, and the timing of the reimbursements on an annual basis to determine if changes need to be made to the budgeted line item, and to make sure that our teachers understand how to use this program to their benefit.
Program Success Examples Each teachers' specific needs vary year by year. For example a third grade teacher may determine that their students would benefit from additional non-fiction reading selections in the reading center one year, but the following year, that teacher may decide that an online math program might benefit her students. Making the funds available to the teachers allows them to customize their purchases each year based on the needs of that particular years' students.
Description The Fruitville PTO budgets funds, and provides volunteers, on an annual basis for a variety of field trips offered to all of our students each year. Some of the places that our students have the opportunity to visit are as follows; Florida Studio Theatre, The Sarasota Orchestra, The Asolo, The Riverview High School Planetarium, Ken Thompson Park, Mote Marine, The Van Wezel, etc. The funding that the Fruitville PTO commits for field trips is intended to off-set the cost of bus transportation to the field trip selected locations. Additionally, some of the funding is considered an "angel fund" which will pay the per child cost for the field trip (if there are any) for those students who are unable to afford that fee.
Budget $7,500
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Daily classroom curriculum is enhanced with every field trip a student goes on. These field trips expose our students to areas of arts, culture and science within our communities, that they may not have the opportunity to see if it not for these field trips. When the students search through the water for sea life (Ken Thompson Park), or watch a play (Florida Studio Theatre), it brings to life what they are learning in the classrooms.
Long Term Success Our students are exposed to the arts, culture and science experiences within our community, and the Fruitville PTO is committed to provide this funding so that this continues. We feel that providing these invaluable experiences to our students keeps them engaged and excited about what they are learning in the classroom environment. Additionally, our students also learn about the behaviors that are expected of them when they visit a particular field trip location (i.e., obviously different behaviors are expected when a student is attending a play or listening to an orchestra, than when he/she is digging through the sand at Ken Thompson Park hoping to find a hermit crab).
Program Success Monitoring We collect feedback from the students, teachers and volunteers, on a regular basis regarding the successes of the field trips. Additionally, we often hear back from our contact people at the various field trip sites with glowing reports of our students' behavior while visiting their facility. The field trips continue to be a source of joy, excitement and learning for each and every one of our students.
Program Success Examples By providing transportation funding for the field trips, the costs associated are kept to a minimum. This means that our students are able to experience sights and sounds they may not otherwise be exposed to, at either no cost, or at a very small charge per child. Remember too, we have the "angel fund" built into this program so that no child is denied the experience due to the inability to pay any costs that might be charged for a particular field trip.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 21
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Fruitville Elementary School
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Gina Purdy
Company Affiliation PTO Co-President
Board Term May 2014 to May 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jenney Adams Secretary
Maggie Alsum Co-Treasurer
Cameron Bahan Co-Vice President
Shaun Cumston Co-President
Elizabeth French Co-Vice President
Gina Purdy Co-President
Melissa Wells Co-Treasurer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $57,800.00
Projected Expenses $63,165.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$38,507$43,268$22,735
Administration Expense$2,143$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.511.311.39
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$62,492$38,512$25,184
Current Assets$62,492$38,512$25,184
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$62,492$38,512$25,184
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $38,079Fundraising $34,844Fundraising $18,803
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $32,705Membership Dues $21,434Membership Dues $12,045
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $478Other $218Other $697
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax returns.
Nonprofit Fruitville Elementary School PTO Inc
Address 601 HONORE AVE
SARASOTA , FL 34232 2336
Phone 941 361-6200