Franklin Elementary School students in Westfield are following the school’s annual tradition of donating the bulk of their Halloween candy collection to the military. 

On Thursday, Nov. 18, a truckload of approximately 400 pounds of candy was delivered to the American Legion, which will arrange for final transport to the troops.

Helping to fill the boxes are (kneeling, l-r):  Fabiana Ramirez and Graciela Goldman, and standing Quinten Mogila, Audrey Dokko, Keira Bartlema, Ella Sumas, Brendan Leegan, Avery Hoffman, Madelyn Parks, Blake Hanna, Jack Sherman, Brian Jordan, Jocelyn Ng, Jake Ebel, Grace Moore, and Owen Cederqvist. 

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Franklin Principal Eileen Cambria, along with Assistant Principal Paul Duncan, congratulated the entire school of first through fifth graders for their contributions. 

“Our students have been so generous with their donations,” stated Dr. Cambria. “Learning to help others and to acknowledge the sacrifices of our troops is especially timely during the month of November when we remember our active military and veterans and are thankful to all those who provide us care and support.”