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Benjamin Franklin High School Awarded Grant for Litter Cleanup

Date: November 19th, 2020
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NEW ORLEANS (Nov. 19, 2020) – Benjamin Franklin High School announced today that the school has again been selected as a recipient of a Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.

This year’s grant, in the amount of $7,675, will support litter cleanup and waste reduction activities throughout the campus and the neighborhood –– including the installation of litter and recycling receptacles on its Lakefront campus.

The grant has already supported a community recycling drive on Nov. 7, 2020, and an America Recycles Day event on Nov. 15, 2020, and Ben Franklin is planning an additional cleanup event on April 11, 2021.

“Civility and caring for the environment starts at home and is reinforced at Ben Franklin,” said Head of School Dr. Patrick Widhalm. “That’s why Franklin students truly believe in doing the right thing to promote a litter-free school and community. We are very grateful for the support of KLB and our state legislators, who made this funding possible.”

 About Benjamin Franklin High School
 Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since its founding in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week, Franklin has received the highest School Performance School in Louisiana, making it the No. 1 public school in the state, year after year. Ben Franklin is repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School, producing Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year. The exceptional students, faculty, and staff at Ben Franklin are the best and the brightest in New Orleans. For more information, please visit

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc., is the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness, and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 40 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 172,609 volunteers and participants work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.
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