SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Franklin School Student Council is seeking to collect 260 pounds of recyclable plastic caps and lids for a playground ‘buddy bench.’ The bench, designed to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships, was proposed by Student Council Vice President Tyler Wnuk and will be dedicated in memory of former principal Nancy Erickson.
“We are hoping the South Plainfield community will help our ‘little people’ at Franklin School reach this very big goal,” said Sally Gillis, co-advisor of the student council.
In an effort to reach its goal, the Franklin Student Council is seeking cap/lid donations from residents and is also in need of support from South Plainfield businesses, offices, organizations and/or restaurants; the bench will be made by Indiana-based Green Tree Plastics and 260 pounds of lids/caps is equivalent to about 60 large black trash bags. Any local establishment willing to help will receive a plastic bin along with a list strict list of acceptable caps/lids.
Additionally, caps/lids can be dropped off to the main office at Franklin School Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations can also be picked up by emailing Sally Gillis at email@example.com or Jane Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Ms. Erickson instilled the value of friendship and compassion in her students and staff and we feel she would have loved the concept of a ‘buddy bench’ to help those in need,” said Gillis. “We want to honor her with this bench so that her dedication to the children of South Plainfield is never forgotten. We hope that the bench can help students to always be able find a friend and instill in our students that the only way to have a friend is to be a friend.”
Erickson began her career as a physical education teacher and coach at South Plainfield High School (SPHS) in 1971 and during this time, established both a girls’ track and field and cross country team at SPHA. Over the course of her 34-year career with the district, Erickson also served as an assistant principal at SPHS and principal of Franklin Elementary where she established the school’s first Veteran’s Day program in 1994. She retired in 2005 and later returned to the district as an interim principal of Kennedy School. She passed away in September 2018.
Please note, only the plastic items noted as 'acceptable' below can be used:
Acceptable Caps Acceptable Lids
Medicine bottle caps Yogurt lids
Drink bottle caps (soda, water, juice, sports drinks) Cottage cheese container lids
Milk jug caps Mayonnaise jar lids
Detergent caps Peanut butter jar lids
Hairspray caps Ice cream bucket lids (under 8”)
Toothpaste caps Cool Whip container lids
Deodorant caps Coffee can lids
Applesauce pouch caps Cream cheese container lids
Flip-top caps (ketchup) Butter container lids
Spout caps (mustard) Pringles lids
Spray paint caps
Ointment tube caps
Baby food caps
Metal – ANY
Plastic bags (all sizes)
Fast food drink lids
Caps/lids with (1) (3) (6) or (7) recycle number