We were among the first families to join the OTTA when it was formed 26 years ago. As young parents, first starting out, we knew that education was important for our children’s future.  We are both career special education teachers in Ohio public schools, and we knew that the only way to afford college would be step by step, putting away as much as we could every paycheck. We also had support from grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members on holidays and birthdays.

Well, we are proud to say that our seven children have grown with a love of learning. We still have two high schoolers at home, and their OTTA accounts are waiting for them upon graduation. The next older son is a college senior. Our youngest daughter graduated from Ohio Dominican University two years ago and is teaching a special education classroom herself. Our middle daughter used her OTTA account for her undergraduate work, and she is currently a children’s librarian while she is completing her Master’s in Library Science at Kent State. Our oldest son has completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is teaching in Columbus while he completes his TESOL certificate at Ohio State. Finally, our oldest daughter graduated from both the University of Toledo and Ohio State and is teaching elementary art in the Columbus area.

We are very grateful that a program like OTTA was available to help us make all of these wonderful things happen. When our first grandchild arrived last year, we opened an OTTA account in his name.


Michael and Trisha Prunty

Fremont, Ohio

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