December was a very busy month for the service learning component of our school’s character development program. The Student Council conducted their seventh annual toy and stuffed animal drive during the course of December. Students across the district were encouraged to either donate a new-unwrapped toy or stuffed animal. Student Council members donated the stuffed animals to the Township of Franklin Police Department, which will be used for children involved in emergency situations.
Student Council members took a field trip to the Inspira Medical Center – Vineland in order to personally deliver the new, unwrapped toys. Students were able to provide an extra special holiday cheer to the patients in the hospital’s pediatric unit and pediatric emergency room while delivering the presents. Mrs. Dawn O'Neil, Inspira - Vineland Nurse Manager commented positively about the organization's annual toy donation, "As a direct result of your kindness and generosity, your donation will provide a small token of comfort to the children that need to spend time in the hospital. Their day will be brightened and they will have some additional joy during their time here. The smiles that your gifts brought to our sick patients’ faces meant so much to them and their families."
The Student Council would like to thank the students of the Township of Franklin Schools (PK-6) who donated items as part of their holiday collection. This year, the collection was expanded throughout all three schools in the district, which tremendously increased the amount of items collected for both components of the holiday collection drive.
Pictured are student council members along with Mr. Ted Peters, CLR Principal, Chief Brian Zimmer of the TFPD, and Mrs. Mary Kate Gereaghty, CLR Secretary. Additional pictures are from the toy drive drop-off at Inspira- Vineland.