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Cranbury Awarded $500 Big Check

Cranbury Elementary School Principal Robin Ives said she likes visiting because she always sees people she knows. "It has a community feel," said Ives as she and Cranbury's PTO officers accepted a $500 Thank You prize from Main Street Connect President John Falcone on Friday morning. "We are your neighbor who brings you the news," said Falcone, publisher of this and nine other Internet news sites in lower Fairfield County.

Cranbury was awarded the Thank You prize in Main Street Connect's Better Schools Bonanza promotion after it got at least 100 people to register on Every elementary school in Norwalk, including Side by Side and All Saints Catholic School, has been awarded the participation prize. The promotion will culminate with a $10,000 first prize and $5,000 second prize to the two schools that get the most votes. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

PTO President April Guilbault said the PTO will vote on how to spend the unexpected $500. She would like to see more ELMOs — overhead document camera projectors — in the classrooms.

This month, the PTO is keeping busy, preparing for its annual Thanksgiving Cranbury Cares gift basket distribution. Students and families collect Thanksgiving fixings, including turkeys, and distribute baskets to needy families in the school community. The school will also celebrate the opening of its new playground on Nov. 24.

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