Ben's birthday party not in jeopardy at Pottstown's Franklin Elementary School

From left to right: Tyler Harper, Kaela Auman, Allison Ormston and Olivia Ormston with Benjamin Franklin.

Recently, Benjamin Franklin celebrated his 308th birthday and thanks to the students and staff at Pottstown’s Franklin Elementary School he is not in jeopardy of being forgotten.

Benjamin Franklin, aka Franklin Principal Kevin Downes, paid a visit to a full school assembly where he demonstrated his knowledge of history while competing in a game of jeopardy. His opponents for the day were Franklin teachers Matt Cohen and Tina Ludy.

As the master of ceremonies, Mike DiDonato gave each contestant a chance at the various categories. Ben Franklin won hands down because it seems that the answer for each of the categories was “Who is Ben Franklin?” As scorekeeper teacher Jen Swenk totaled up the number, student expressed their excitement and enthusiasm for the contest.

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Principal Downes said, “We were looking for a way to honor one of our country’s founding fathers and teach American history at the same time. Dressing in costume and using the jeopardy game format made American history come alive for our students and reminded them that learning can be fun.”

During the assembly, Ben Franklin gave the students many things to think about through his words of wisdom. His parting words at the end of the day were to remind students to think of the future and he said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”