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Hereford High volunteer receives Golden Apple Award

Todd Huff

Linda Price has organized plenty of North County projects over the years.

In 1987, the Upperco resident helped create the teen center at the newly opened Hereford Middle School where her daughter, Sharon, attended.

When her daughter moved on to Hereford High School, Price helped the school's Sports Boosters by spearheading a multi-year campaign to install lights, bleachers, scoreboard, concession stand and press box at the stadium.

Once her daughter went to college, Price continued to work for her community. When two Hereford graduates were killed in Iraq in 2005, she helped their families set up annual fundraisers to raise money for scholarships.

Moreover, local families needing help with huge medical bills following a serious illness can always count on Price to put together fundraising dinners or events.

These days, she also spends time working behind the scenes for My Neighbors Foundation to make sure North County students can afford field trips, buy a class ring, attend prom and summer camps or purchase school supplies.

Although Price avoids the being the focal point of attention for her good deeds, she was clearly in the spotlight Jan. 14 when Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot awarded her a Golden Apple Award at Hereford High School in front of 3rd District Councilman Todd Huff, Price's family, students and school administrators.

This is the first year Franchot has given the award to volunteers at Maryland's public schools, and Price is the first Baltimore County recipient.

The award was created in November to honor "those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated superior work and have ultimately impacted the future success of Maryland students," according to the Maryland Association of Counties Web site.

"I do it all for the kids," Price said. "The word 'no' is not in my vocabulary. I hate to see people struggle to raise money when I've been doing it for so long that I know what works and what doesn't. This is a great community out here and we all help each other."

Franchot had nothing but praise for Price.

"There are so many incredibly altruistic people who are the unsung heroes of Maryland," Franchot said, noting he was delighted to come to the Hereford Zone and not see any snow. "I told Linda I'll send a personal check for My Neighbors Foundation and she said, 'That's good. It'll save me a few phone calls to you'."

Huff, who has known Price for years, said, "You don't say 'no' to Linda. She's done incredible work."

Community activist Cathy Aitken nominated Price for the award. Aitken, former director of the Hereford Food Bank at Hereford United Methodist Church, met Price when they often found themselves trying to help the same families or individuals.

"When I heard about this new award, I immediately thought of Linda," Aitken said. "She has done so much for this community over so many years. She definitely deserves this recognition."

Franchot said his office received seven nominations in Baltimore County. He is giving out a total of 24 awards, one in each of Maryland's 23 counties and one in Baltimore City.

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