For 1st time, Franchot gets Comptroller’s Medallion back
EASTON — Not only was she the youngest person ever to get a Comptroller’s Medallion, but she also was the first ever to give it back.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot took a tour of Easton Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 30, when he stopped by Katie Spies’ kindergarten class in the Dobson Building.
Franchot stood in the room, speaking to the students, when a little girl approached him, kindergartener Aleta Patton, to tell him her father, Will Patton, teaches in the facility next door, the Moton Building.
Franchot then gave her a Comptroller’s Medallion. Franchot hands out the gold coins, paid for by his campaign committee funds, to “Marylanders who make a difference” in their communities, a tradition started by former state comptroller Louis Goldstein.
She asked what it was, and Franchot told her. But Aleta Patton gave it back to the comptroller, saying she’s not supposed to take things from strangers. Adults in the room laughed.
After all was said and done, and Franchot left the room to continue the tour, he said, “That’s the first-ever return.”
As a crowd of local elected officials on the tour alongside Franchot were walking down the hallway, Talbot County Councilman Dirck Bartlett joked, “That little girl got a very important lesson: The tax man giveth, and the tax man taketh away.”
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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot gives a gold coin to kindergartener Aleta Patton, who gave it back to him afterward, saying she’s not supposed to take things from strangers.