National Day of Service & Remembrance
Franklin School Participated in
Operation Goody Bag’s
“COMMIT to COLOR”
In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, which offered a nation-wide challenge to engage volunteers in service activities on September 11.
Along with over 20,000 nation-wide group participants, Franklin School took part in this effort to support their commitment to engaging volunteers in a 9/11 anniversary project. Under the direction of Mrs. Kathie Williams, Student Council Adviser, the entire Franklin School family “Committed to Color” lunch bags with pictures and notes of appreciation. Over 1,000 bags were decorated and will be sent to “Operation Goody Bags” to be filled by volunteers with snacks. They will be delivered to first responders and troops in an effort to say “Thank you” and let them know that they are remembered and appreciated.
Franklin School, Mrs. Magee’s 3rd grade class.
Students learn the importance of expressing their thanks to our nation’s veterans.
On Veterans Day students say thank you to our veterans by making cards and sending them to the Veterans Medical Center in East Orange, NJ.
Franklin School Wins 2014 Optimist Oratorical Contest
Students from Franklin, Washington, Lincoln, and Schuyler Schools
competed in the Optimist Oratorical Contest, which was held on
Thursday, March 27, at the Grace Methodist Church in Kearny. This
year's topic was "How My Passions Impact the World".
Four boys and four girls presented their four to five minute speeches,
"How My Passions Impact the World", to an audience of about 70 people.
The students were judged on poise, speech content, delivery and
presentation and overall effectiveness. This year's winners, Gabriel
Arcanjo and Michelle Barbosa, haled from Franklin School. The
students had prepared and practiced under the guidance of Mr. Ivan
Jurlina and Mrs. Kathie Williams, their language arts coaches. Their
principal, Mrs. Yvonne Cali, was present to witness and attest to
The students will move forward in the competition and present their
speeches on May 3, in Reading, Pennsylvania, in an effort to advance
to the next contest level.
Student Council Students from Franklin School
Franklin Kids Remember Our Veterans This Christmas
Franklin School’s student council designed and executed plans for their schoolmates to remember and honor the veterans who are spending the Christmas holidays in the Veterans’ Hospital located in Paramus, New Jersey. These activities included all students’ participation, Pre-K to grade 8, in order to teach the importance of the season of giving. To send a little Christmas to our veterans, our students wrote letters and cards, stuffed stockings with donated toiletries, decorated Christmas trees, and donated new socks to be given to the veterans’ hospital and nursing home.
After only one week, the student council members collected over 1,000 cards and letters that the students wrote to the veterans to send Christmas greetings, get well wishes, and thank you’s. They also collected 345 pairs of new socks, stuffed 72 Christmas stockings with toiletries, and decorated 17 Christmas trees. All these items were collected and packaged by the student council and picked up by Mrs. Susan Vive, an active member in our community, who champions activities to support our veterans through the local VFW here in Kearny.
The student council members, under the guidance of Mrs. Kathie Williams, and Mrs. Cali, the principal, wish to extend a thank you to all of their Franklin School family and friends for their participation in our successful “Christmas drive” to remember and honor our veterans this holiday season. “Caring is sharing” was a lesson well-learned by our students. The packages and boxes that were collected and delivered to be distributed this weekend are a true testament of your holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas Everyone