School kids will rename “Negro Heads” off Branford coast

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BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Some Branford High School kids will soon have the opportunity to rename a buoy and some rocks off the coast of Branford.  Late last year State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. (D-Branford)  called for the “Negro Head” buoy and surrounding rocks to be renamed. The Connecticut State Geologist and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection agreed.

Senator Kennedy has been working with Branford Public schools to come up with a new name.  The solution is an essay contest, where students will be able to voice their opinion about how the landmark should be renamed.

“This takes a real world issue and engages students in a purposeful writing assignment,” said Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez.

“This essay contest presents us with the opportunity to take something negative and turn it into a positive, learning experience for Branford high school students,” said Senator Kennedy. “I want to thank Superintendent Hernandez for being so helpful in putting this contest together. I challenge Branford’s students to think hard and come up with a name that will make our community proud. I can’t wait to hear what our young people come up with.”

The essay contest is open to all high school students who live in Branford both public and private.  The winner will be chosen by a team of Branford residents that will include the school superintendent, the Branford town historian, and Branford Community Foundation president along with others.  The winning essay will be announced at the end of the school year, and the winner will receive a $500 scholarship from the Branford Community Foundation.



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