PTA Mother Arrested for Embezzling Money from Brooklyn School

Broolyn Public School Entrance WayBrooklyn resident Providence Hogan has been accused of stealing nearly $100,000 dollars from PS 29 in Cobble Hill. Hogan was the former treasurer of the PS 29 Parent Teacher Association, and used school events to embezzle funds for her personal use. She made three major withdrawals from the Brooklyn school‘s account between May of 2008 and September of 2010. According to The Brooklyn Paper, Hogan used the ill-gotten funds to pay rent, support her spa business and for fertility treatments.

The former treasurer was found out when the PTA discovered a discrepancy in its tax returns. Hogan used opportunities like charter bus rentals and field trips as excuses to cut herself large checks, the memo lines always reflected real school events. She surrendered herself to the 76th Precinct yesterday morning, and has been released on $15,000 bail. Prosecutors had initially asked for $100,000 bail, the amount Hogan is accused of stealing.

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National PTA Gives Grants to 22 Schools to Fight Childhood Obesity

National PTAParent Teacher Associations across the country are being awarded live-healthy grants in honor of this year’s National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyle Month in November.

National PTA President, Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors announced, “It’s no secret that we have a childhood obesity epidemic in this country. Statistics show that over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and nearly one in three American children is overweight or obese. So, we’re proud of all the PTAs across the country who are taking the initiative to keep our kids healthy.”

We are too, Chuck. It’s time for everyone to stop complaining and talk about possible solutions. It’s time┬áto take charge and fix this problem. We have to remember that obesity is nearly 100 percent preventable. Read the rest of this entry »


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