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Little Falls Parent Sets Up GoFund Me Page To Assist Local PTA

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Pictured is LF School No. 2, the site of a recent PTA meeting which confirmed a misappropriation of funds after an audit. A GoFund Me page has been set up to assist the PTA with funding. Credits: Tina Pappas
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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - A parent from the township is mobilizing an effort to help support the local PTA, which is currently being investigated for alleged misappropriated funds. 

A GoFund me page has been set up by the parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, for School No. 2 and No. 3 PTA in the Little Falls School District. The page is located at https://www.gofundme.com/Support-4-Little-Falls-2-3-PTA.

A discrepancy of possibly thousands of dollars allocated towards extra-curricular activities and other functions for the students of the district was discovered missing after a recent PTA financial audit. Janelle Binetti, president of the Little Falls School No. 2 and No. 3, confirmed that the school district is beginning the year with a zero balance at the recent PTA meeting, and that the PTA's board treasurer and finance committee chairperson had stepped down. The case is currently being investigated by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.

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"I am a concerned parent with children in the town of Little Falls," the parent stated on the GoFund me page. "From the grumblings of what have been spreading around in this small town, there is an investigation going on at the moment, where apparently there have been severe misappropriation of funds by the treasurer of the 2/3 PTA. Because of this, it has evidently wiped out all of the necessary funds which the PTA utilizes and needs to get the year started so that they can set up and pay for programs for the year."

The page founder praised the current PTA board for doing a "tremendous amount of work for the children of Little Falls," and commended Binetti and the rest of the board for "coming together and doing the right thing."

"The countless hours they all put in alone, without expecting anything in return, in my book warrants any support from this parent," they stated on the page. "These women give their all to their community and with the amount of fundraising and time spent they put in, they give everything they make back to these children in the form of donations to the school or the purchase of items which the school needs but could never pay for on its own."

Its noted that the board is in need of assistance from parents in order to continue providing children get the services and items they need.

"It's time for our community to pick them up in their time of need and let them know that we are here in support for them," the page states.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the campaign can visit the site at https://www.gofundme.com/Support-4-Little-Falls-2-3-PTA.

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