The Franklin Elementary School PTSO hosted their second annual Community Service Night on Monday, May 8. The night was fun for all the kids involved and highlighted the great spirit of giving at Franklin School.

Community Service Night allowed Franklin students and their parents to participate in many hands-on community service projects to benefit local non-profits. Over 125 kids and adults made and delivered 375 plus lunches for St. Joseph’s Coalition for the Homeless in Elizabeth, made 175 treat packs for Westfield area police, firefighters, EMTs and crossing guards members, colored 45 pages for children in hospitals for Color a Smile, braided 150 dog toys for a local animal shelter, sewed 10 banners with Urban SewCity and decorated 70 cards for foster kids through A Birthday Wish, designed 50 cards for visitors to Imagine, made 50 bookmarks for Bridge of Books, created 80 friendship bracelets to support the Diabetes Research Foundation and potted 140 plants to donated to Mobile Meals of Westfield and local nursing homes.  

The children also donated 15 bags of food to donate to Holy Trinity Food Pantry in Westfield and 10 bags of baby items for Moms helping Moms. It was a busy and productive night for Franklin students.

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The 2nd Annual Community Service Night at Franklin showed the students and their parents that giving back to their community is both fun and important.

“It’s a priority to both Franklin School and the Franklin School PTSO that we encourage  a sense of community and service to others at our school. After the fabulous outpouring of donations and crafts last year, we were excited to hold this event again. The purpose of this night is to show that no one is to too small to make a difference. The kids really felt like they were helping others and they were so excited to participate,” said Community Service Night Co-Chair Josephine Stack.

Everyone came together and made it a great success.

“Thanks to generous donations from our students and local supermarkets like Stop and Shop, ShopRite, Vine Ripe Markets, Urban SewCity, Home Depot of Garwood, Williams Nursery, Dreyers Farm, MOReStaging and Design, Major Mills, AND Design, KBK Interiors, Fabric Collection and Fabricland in North Plainfield, Ella Allure, The Decorating Store in Union,and Harvest Quilters the kids were able to help so many people. We hope it becomes a tradition across all the Westfield schools,” said Community Service Night Co-Chair Alyson Twilley. 

For more information or to help out with future Community Service Nights at Franklin School, please contact jferrigno228@gmail.com.