It has become a tradition for Ben Franklin classes celebrating their 50th reunion to make a class gift to the school. Starting in 2013, members of the 1964 reunion planning committee worked with school officials, including Dr. Timothy Rusniak, CEO/Principal and Christy Read, Director of Advancement, to identify a class gift goal. We wanted to make the gift substantial, relevant to our class, and supportive of school needs. The end result of this process was a goal of $12,000 to fund two projects: the replacement of the concrete “F” that members of our class fabricated and placed on the school grounds in 1964 and the refurbishment of a 100 year old, 1000 bell that graced the old Carrollton courthouse that became the first site of Benjamin Franklin High School. Follow the links for details of these projects. Our gifts will be marked with permanent bronze plaques that read:
GIFT OF THE CLASS OF 1964
TO BE IGNORANT OF WHAT OCCURRED BEFORE
YOU WERE BORN IS TO REMAIN ALWAYS A CHILD
Marcus Tullius Cicero
As of October 20, 2014, 35 classmates have donated a total of $11,086.40.
Donations can continue at http://www.supportbfhs.org/, designating it to Class of 1964 Reunion Gift. Your donation will be private (and anonymous if you wish). It's not too late. We hope everyone who attends the reunion will make a contribution, no matter the size. Every student at Ben Franklin will see our class gift every day they are at school.
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