What We Do

The Ben Franklin PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity organized by parents, administrators and teachers of Ben Franklin Elementary School. The mission of the PTO is to build a lively and cohesive school community. We organize activities for the children and parents, arrange volunteers to assist school staff, encourage communication and build positive relationships between parents, administrators, teachers, and students. In addition, we raise money for many activities and enhancements for the school.


- Student Directory
– Spirit Wear Apparel
– Night Off From Cooking
– Box Tops for Education
– Book Fairs (Fall & Spring)
– Original Art Works
– Write a Check Campaign
– Parents Night Out – *NEW EVENT*

PTO School Events

- Ice Cream Social
Healthy Kids Fun Run
Fall Fest
– Holiday Gift Shop & Parent Boutique
– Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast
– Movie Night
– Aspiring Authors Night
– Dance Party
– Math Carnival
– Science Night
– Third Grade Party
– Volunteer Appreciation Cocktail Party
– Family Picnic
– Book Exchange
– Fall and Spring After-School Clubs

Recent Purchases For Our School

- All supplies and materials for annual Math Carnival and Family Science Night
– Field Day refreshments
– New school sign for front lawn
– Collection of Julia Cook autographed children’s books for classrooms
– Painted games and activities on blacktop play area
– Annual yearbook with pictures from K-3 for every third grader
– iPADS and apps
S.N.A.P. Space
– Banner for Bus Loop
– Smart Board for Library
– IPEVA Cameras
– White Books for Students
– Replacement of Foyer Bench (in memory of Mrs. Harmon)
– Replacement of reading bench for 50th anniversary brick walkway/MLK Peace Garden
– Trout Tank & Supplies
– Media Carts
– Classroom Pencil Sharpeners
– Games and Sports Equipment

PTO Funded Assemblies & Field Trips

- Eyes of the Wild Traveling Zoo
– The Franklin Institute
– National Award Winning Children’s Author Julia Cook. Julia’s books and assemblies actively involve young people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.
– Joe Romano – The Magic is Real
– Seussology
– Maggie Magee Goes Green
– Zoo on Wheels
– Field Trips to the New Jersey State Museum/Planetarium, Grounds for Sculpture, Churchville Nature Center, Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum, Howell Farm and theatre performances at the Trenton War Memorial
– Chick Hatching Program

Community & Charity Functions

- Percentage of Fun Run proceeds donated to Mercer Street Friends
– Rescue Mission Coat & Hat Drive
– Book Exchange / Donation to Trenton School
– $100 Scholarship to two LHS seniors who attended Ben Franklin
– Landscaping for Ben Franklin Campus
– Memorial Day Parade

Support for Teachers & Staff

- Coordinate Homeroom Parents
– Teacher Appreciation Weeks (Fall & Spring)
– Assistance with Field Day
– Assistance with EPA activities and receptions