The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Parent Community Organization (PCO) is an all-volunteer parent organization that supports our school by organizing and funding educational and social programs that enrich student experiences and foster a sense of community among all families and staff.

Programs

Arts Enrichment Committee

The PCO was awarded two grants to support Arts Enrichment Assemblies during the 2016-2017 academic year: The Trial of Anthony Burns, by Theatre Espresso in January 2017 and Chhandika Indian Dance in April 2017. The grants were awarded by the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The PCO is very appreciative of their continued support of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s arts enrichment programs.

Purpose/Mission Friday enrichment programs throughout the year. Additionally, volunteers are needed on performance days to assist as necessary. Time commitment: One hour (or more as you choose)
Contact Info Kathleen Hogan – kcchogan@gmail.com
How Can You Help? Assist on day of programs.
Fundraiser? No.
Previous Programs Suzie Becker VisitMichael Tougais Visit

Banking

Purpose/Mission This program is designed to help students understand the importance of saving. Volunteers are needed Thursdays (October-May) from 8:45-9:45 am to assist with deposit slips, collect money and provide receipts. Training is provided. Time commitment: One hour per month (or more as you choose.)
Contact Info Pushpa Jangareddi – Pjangareddi@yahoo.com
How Can You Help? Assist on Thursdays in the Library to take the kids deposits.
Fundraiser? No

BJ’s Membership

Purpose/Mission Every membership generates a $5 donation to the BFCCPS PCO.
Contact Info Kate Smith – ksmith9509@gmail.com
How Can You Help?
Fundraiser? Yes.

Box Tops for Education

Purpose/Mission
Contact Info Gina Savastano – Gina_savastano@merck.com
How Can You Help? Cut box tops and send them in. Help send in box tops to receive funds for the school
Fundraiser? Yes

Winter Fundraiser – Handbag Bingo

Purpose/Mission Buy tickets, play bingo and win designer hand bags! A parents’ night out to raise money for the PCO.
Contact Info Rachel Brancato – rachelbrancato@yahoo.com
Gina Savastano – Gina_savastano@merck.com
How Can You Help? Assist on day of event, TBC January/February.
Fundraiser? Yes.

Fall Book Fair

Purpose/Mission Promote reading. Allows the kids to pick out and purchase the books they are interested in.
Contact Info Melissa Gibeault – melissagibeault@gmail.com
Cynthia Garboski – cjgarboski@gmail.com
How Can You Help? Assist on day of event, November 7th and 8th.
Fundraiser? Yes.

Fall Direct Donations Campaign

Purpose/Mission By making a direct donation to the PCO, all of your money will go directly towards the programs that we fund.
Contact Info We need a co-ordinator!
How Can You Help? Send out letters to the school families and track incoming donations. Work with PCO Treasurer to send thank yous and donation receipts.
Fundraiser? Yes.

Family Nights

Purpose/Mission Plan, coordinate and implement fun filled community events. Getting the community together for a fun filled event.
Contact Info We need a co-ordinator!
How Can You Help? Help to plan, coordinate and implement events during the school year.
Fundraiser? No.

Family to Family

Purpose/Mission Strictly confidential. Reach out to members of our community in the need of assistance due to illness, death in family, etc.
Contact Info Joanna Wrona – jkwronausa@gmail.com
How Can You Help? Send cards, gift cards, coordinate volunteers to deliver meals, etc. Funded by the PCO.
Fundraiser? No.


Picture Day

Purpose/Mission Photos are taken for the yearbook and to enhance family memories.
Contact Info Andrea Fitzhenry – andreajfield@icloud.com
How Can You Help? Assist on days of event (Photo date is 10/23, retakes: 11/27)
Fundraiser? No

Restaurant Nights

Purpose/Mission
Contact Info Tamar Jacobs – Tamar_jacobs@yahoo.com
How Can You Help?
Fundraiser? Yes

Spring Book Fair

Purpose/Mission Promote reading. Allows the kids to pick out and purchase the books they are interested in.
Contact Info We need a co-ordinator!
How Can You Help? Assist on days of event.
(To be confirmed)
Fundraiser? Yes.

Spring Family Social & Basket Raffle

Purpose/Mission Join us for our biggest event and PCO fundraiser of the year! Games, crafts, face painting, music and much more. Many hands make light work!
Contact Info Social: We need co-ordinators!

Raffle baskets and Teacher Experiences: We need co-ordinators for all areas!

Donations from Businesses(including WOW items): We need a co-ordinator! – pco@bfccps.org

Event Photos: PCO Family Social & Basket Raffle – 20th Anniversary of BFCCPS

Spirit Wear

Purpose/Mission Show off your school pride with official BFCCPS gear! Existing stock will be sold at the Back to School Celebration and people will be able to place orders in October – details will be available closer to the time.
Contact Info Mariessa Theodourou – mariessat@gmail.com
How Can You Help?
Fundraiser?

Stop & Shop

Purpose/Mission
Contact Info We need a co-ordinator.
How Can You Help?
Fundraiser?

Staff Appreciation Activities

Teacher Appreciation Sweet Comments From Students

Purpose/Mission Show appreciation to teachers and staff for all they do for our children and the community.
Contact Info We Need Coordinators! pco@bfccps.org
How Can You Help? Help organize the events.
Fundraiser? No.

Teacher Grant Committee

Purpose/Mission This committee reviews teacher grant applications and chooses finalists for the PCO’s Teacher Grant Award program. Time commitment: 4 hours.
Contact Info pco@bfccps.org
How Can You Help?
Fundraiser? No.

Yearbook

Purpose/Mission Recording the memories of the school year.
Contact Info We need a co-ordinator. Please reach out to pco@bfccps.org
How Can You Help? We need a co-ordinator. We need one or two enthusiastic people to oversee the yearbook. Work with the yearbook committee to help document the events of the school year and be the point of contact with the publisher. The committee also needs volunteers to help with layouts. If you have ever designed a photo card online or if you have ever created a digital photo book you can do this!
Fundraiser? No.

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