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Ruby Bridges Franklin CAS Program for 4th and 5th graders!

Updated: May 19, 2021

Hello Franklin Parents,

We are thrilled to share the news that our wonderful Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS) team will be bringing in Ruby Bridges to our 4th and 5th graders at Franklin! This program will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 17th, at 11:00am, and will combine hybrid and DLA Franklin 4th and 5th grade students. In addition to having this extraordinary opportunity to meet with her, all 4th and 5th graders will be receiving a personal copy of her memoir, "Through My Eyes," so they can read about her experience prior to meeting her.

About "Through My Eyes": On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms. The next day, Ruby walked through the angry mob once again and into a school where she saw no other students. The white children did not go to school that day, and they wouldn't go to school for many days to come. Surrounded by racial turmoil, Ruby, the only student in a classroom with one wonderful teacher, learned to read and add. This is the story of a pivotal event in history as Ruby Bridges saw it unfold around her. Ruby's poignant words, quotations from writers and from other adults who observed her, and dramatic photographs recreate an amazing story of innocence, courage, and forgiveness. Ruby Bridges' story is an inspiration to us all.

We want to give a special thanks to our CAS co-chairs, Christina Daly and Helen Makadia, for bringing this program to Franklin. We hope that the students enjoy it!

-The Franklin PTO

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