Benjamin Franklin’s birthday is Jan. 17, 1706, making him 316 years old. Since his actual birthday falls on a school holiday, the PTO will help us celebrate Ben’s Birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 18, with cookies from Eileen’s Cookies and an allergy friendly alternative for those with food allergies and sensitivities. New this year, there will be gluten friendly Eileen’s Cookies also available.
This is a great time to honor Benjamin Franklin for all of the wonderful legacies he left behind, including the 13 virtues that we practice here at Ben Franklin Academy. Do you want to learn more about Ben Franklin? Check out this website or see some of his famous quotes below: 

“Honesty is the best policy.” 

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” 

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” 

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” 

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 

“Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.” 

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” 

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”

  –Benjamin Franklin