Campaign started to raise funds for PTA

More than $60,000 stolen from Hampstead school

treasurer charged in theft

July 31, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County's PTAs and PTOs are expected to donate money to help the Hampstead Elementary association pay for pupil enrichment programs and activities, after the theft of more than $60,000 from the school's PTA fund.

Members of the Friendship Valley PTO are organizing the fund drive, enlisting the county's 30 other parent-teacher organizations to make sure Hampstead's programs don't skip a beat. Police charged Hampstead's PTA treasurer, John N. Biggs Jr., with the theft of more than $60,000 in the association's funds this month.

Insurance will cover a portion of the stolen money, but a deficit looms for the elementary school that 620 children attend. As at other schools, Hampstead pupils helped raise much of the money through sales and other events.

"This was a no-brainer for us and nobody even questioned that it was the right thing to do," said Mindy Wade, Friendship Valley PTO treasurer.

Friendship Valley will donate $200 and is encouraging other schools to contribute similar amounts. Parents at the Westminster elementary have written letters to their Carroll counterparts asking for donations.

"It is wonderful that the PTAs and PTOs want to help one another," said Charles I. Ecker, Carroll schools superintendent.

"I'm sure it means a great deal to the Hampstead group."

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