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PTA delivers on trip money

March 04, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

PTA delivers on trip money

Five years and two court cases later, the Springfield Middle School PTA has handed over $2,000 to Caleb Moses and his family for their long-awaited trip to Disney World.

The money was presented Monday at the school.

Last October, Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone ordered the current PTA group to pay a $2,000 judgment to the Moses family. Boone ruled that the PTA had a legal obligation to pay for the Florida trip the boy won in 1993, while he was in the middle school, but never took.

One-fourth of that judgment actually came from Boone and his wife, who made a $500 contribution to the PTA.

"It's tough enough to get people to volunteer for these organizations,'' Boone said last November. "I just hope the donation will ease the pain."

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Peggy Martin, Springfield Middle School PTA's current treasurer, said the remaining $1,500 was raised during the fall fund-raiser at the school.

The Oct. 27 court hearing was the culmination of a lawsuit filed by Jackie Moses on behalf of her son, Caleb, who drew the winning ticket in a 1993 PTA contest based on candy sales.

The prize was to include air fare, a one week stay in a motel, car rental and a four-day Disney World pass for a family of four. The trip was to be made within a year of the drawing.

Prior vacation plans and unexpected health problems forced the family to postpone the trip to Orlando several times. When the family tried to arrange the trip in February 1994, Jackie Moses said she was told the trip was no longer available.

She sued in Washington County District Court and won her case in 1996. The PTA appealed the District Court decision and the $2,000 judgment awarded there.

The Oct. 27 hearing was on that appeal and Boone ruled that the lower court judgment was appropriate.

Calls to the Moses family to see if they still plan to take the trip weren't returned.

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