Thieves that made off with two pop-up tents from East Kensington Elementary last Friday night have cut into the school’s efforts to build a new playground.
The two tents, erected Friday night in advance of the school’s annual spring fair the next day, had been borrowed from another school, and now have to be replaced at a cost of approximately $600.
“We’re a small school, and we only raised $1,500 at the fair, and now for $600 of that to be spent on new tents – that’s a big chunk,” said the school’s PAC president Shari Tompe.
“It’s put a big damper on our community.”
Tompe said the tents were put up in an area behind the school – where they were thought to be out of sight – and when fair organizers returned Saturday morning, the tents were gone.
Tompe said the tents – which measured about 10 feet by 10 feet – were white and without any school logos on them.