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Students Helping Students


At Franklin School in Summit, New Jersey, 5th grade teacher Mrs. Langborgh took interest in helping students at the Key Largo School in Florida. Key Largo was badly hit by Hurricane Irma. Students suffered by losing all their school supplies. Students at Franklin Elementary School were touched by this story and wanted to help. With the organization of the Franklin Student Council, every student in every grade helped to donate. As a school, Franklin had a coin drive.

Mrs. Langborgh's son, Ian, is in the Coast Guard in the Florida Keys. He witnessed Hurricane Irma and told Mrs. Langborgh about the children who couldn't go to school because of the damage. Ian's job is to save people's lives and that inspired Franklin Elementary School to help out. Students in 5th grade, put up posters all around the building. Student Council members brought the information back to the classes and counted up all the money. In two days, the school raised $3,346. The coin drive was a complete success!

Written by the 5th Grade Franklin Falconwriters

Franklin Falconwriters' Forum is designed to provide students with an introduction to journalistic writing and an opportunity to share Franklin highlights with an authentic, community-based audience.

With the full support of Franklin Elementary School Principal Dalia Mirrione, and led by club co-advisors Catherine Alberico and Loreli Stochaj, they currently have a dynamic team of young journalists who have embraced this genre and look forward to publishing their articles. Their goal is to usher in additional cohorts as the year(s) progresses.

Group of students posing for a group shot. They are in a writing club.

Front row: Ava Wallach, Ella Pardo, Mina McNulty, Julia Hoffman, Sydney Mandel, and Carter Herman. Back row: Francesca Monserrat, Audrey Wattick, Abby Hsu, Valerie Wisniewski, Ellie Supran, and Lillian Engmann.