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On December 21, 2006 the Wharton Kids First Foundation held a flagpole dedication ceremony and kicked off its “Buy A Brick” fundraiser at the Marie V. Duffy School.

A new flagpole and brick paved promenade are the result of months of planning, fundraising and generous donations from several area contractors. The flagpole, donated and installed by the Shauger Group, is in honor of Private James Benoit, a former Duffy student seriously wounded in Iraq last year. Construction of the brick promenade surrounding the flagpole is a donation by Global Paving of Wharton.

The Wharton Kids First Foundation is raising money to support its goals of providing the children of Wharton public schools with scholarships and funds for projects such as SMART BOARDS that would normally fall outside the realm of the traditional school budget.

The WKFF is offering personalized pavers as part of this on-going project, and bricks can be ordered by calling 973-361-2592 or by filling out a form at the Board of Education Office, 137 West Central Avenue. The cost of the bricks is $50.00 for a 4x8 or $100.00 for an 8x8 depending on the size chosen.

The next personalized brick installation is scheduled for spring and orders will be taken until, March 1, 2009. For more information about the Wharton Kids First contact the Board of Education at

What are SMART boards?

A SMART board is an electronic tool that can be used in our classrooms to enhance learning. It is unique because the touch-sensitive display connects to your computer and an image is displayed on the interactive whiteboard.  Students can write answers directly on the whiteboard and move or manipulate objects. The board allows teachers and students to control computer applications directly from the display, write notes in digital ink and save lessons for future use.

Why do we need SMART Boards?

There is no question that our children are more computer literate than past generations.  They have been exposed to computers their entire lives, and have developed many skills working with them. For many students, they learn better in that format and the whiteboard is incredibly easy to use. If your child can use a computer, he/she can use a SMART Board. The SMART Board helps energize presentations by teachers, engages students, and motivates learners.