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Franklin Township: Annual Week of the People Back to School Event

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Somerset Community Action Program (SCAP) in partnership with the Week of the People Organizations (WOP) will host its 46th annual event at Naaman Williams Park on Saturday from 2 p.m to 7 p.m.

"Mr. Ted Taylor and Ms. Mamie Moore worked with key members of the community to create this family-friendly event 46 years ago in Franklin Township and we invite the public to help us celebrate “Community in Unity,” which is the longstanding theme of the Week of the People Organization," WOP President Percy Sanders said.  

This event is focused on bringing about positive change by bringing families together before the start of a new school year. Back-to-School essentials will be provided to children in grades K-12, and many of our local community partners and supporters will be on hand to provide information and resources for parents.

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This year WOP will partner with Grades4Life to kick-off the festivities with a Bike-A-Thon and Walk starting at 10 AM by Circling Naaman Williams Park’s track/path a number of times ending at 2 pm.

Activities will merge into the Back-to-School Event portion of the day with a plaque ceremony of the Naaman Williams Memorial Park (dedicated July 29, 1982). In recognition of Lieutenant Naaman Williams, Franklin Township Police Department’s first African American Police Officer, who served this Township from 1949 to 1976.

Aside from his many years of community service as a Police Officer and member of the Franklin Township Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 154, Naaman Williams was also a civic leader whose volunteer activities included being involved in church, professional and youth activities. 

The rest of the program will be followed by other presentations and more activities and entertainment featuring LIVE!!! Xinos & Kudos, Jerseys Finest (dance team), Uncanny Models (mode/dance team), F.A.M.E. (dance team), Cess (singer), Spazz City (rapper), and much more. The event will also include food vendors, sport competitions, Pony Rides, a water slide and other activities and games to keep children busy and happy.

Please be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets so that you can fully enjoy a fun-filled day in a beautiful park setting.

The Somerset Community Action Program and the Week of the People Organization Board of Trustees would like to thank the following local/county agencies and businesses for their support, partnership, donations and sponsorship: Investors Bank; PSE&G; Saint Peter’s Healthcare Systems; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Bristol-Myers Squibb; A&T Mechanical; P.I.M. Brands, LLC; Hamilton Street Business District; Frank’s Building Supplies; Township Pharmacy; ProCure Proton Therapy; Barrood Agency, Inc.; Magyar Bank; Crunch Fitness Somerset; Franklin Youth Initiative (FYI); Hub City Music Management; Divas & Gents; Grades4Life; NY Jets; NY Giants; McDonalds Easton Avenue; Stop & Shop; Shop Rite; BJ’s; Costco; Franklin Township Community; Franklin Township Human Relations Commission; Franklin Township Department of Parks & Recreation; Franklin Township Police Department, and Franklin Township Mayor and Council.

Portions of this event will be taped to be aired on the “The Mylo P.I. Show,” airing on Comcast, channel 280 and Cablevision, channel 14. Please check your local listings for the times.

We are always accepting volunteers, new vendors and sponsors for this event as it is a great way to get your services in front of thousands of people!

Want to learn more? Please email the planning committee at, WeekofthePeople@gmail.com. For the most up-to-date details on this community event and more, please visit www.WeekofthePeople.org

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