Benjamin Franklin Elementary
Giving Back Nonprofit
504.304.3932 | babyben.org
6101 Chatham Drive, New Orleans
Benjamin Franklin ascribes to a vision they have dubbed the Legacy of Excellence—a vision that lays out their goal to become a national model for non-selective admission schools that excel in providing students with diverse needs the elite educational programming and experiences to guarantee success in life. In addition to their accelerated school curriculum, Franklin provides an exceptional program for the arts in vocal and instrumental music, theatre and visual arts. The school also serves special needs students, providing them skills, resources and development to build fulfilling lives. The school’s offerings are grounded in data-driven inquiry, reflective teaching and impactful learning that allows students to take their classroom ideas out into the world.
Schools depend heavily on outside donations to continue serving all of their students. Benjamin Franklin’s mission of growing experts inside and outside of the classroom is, at least in part, dependent on and helped by donations, both from community members and from larger sponsors. As this is their first year as a nonprofit charter school, Franklin is currently planning events and fundraisers for the next school year; more information will be available on their website as fundraisers and events are confirmed.
The school acts as both donor and nonprofit: their school community as a whole participates widely in a variety of service projects, and as they embark on their first year as a nonprofit single charter school, they have been actively seeking out donation opportunities. Their student philanthropists lead recycling, anti-bullying, environmental and generational campaigns. Franklin is hoping to use donor money to build technology and special project resources to help advance those students further; they’re also planning to use donations to provide uniforms to homeless students or to students who can’t afford spare uniforms. Larger sponsored donations would provide much-needed capital project money dedicated to projects including unifying the two campuses, expanding opportunities for more children to participate in the arts, providing after- and before-school tutoring services and sponsorship of after-school activities.
Benjamin Franklin’s mission is for staff, students and families to excel academically and individually. Their school creed implores the students to “be kind and considerate; respect people and property; follow directions the first time; and do [the] very best quality of work.”