Last Monday, Mikayla Prince, Nick Hadley, and I attended the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) board meeting at Johnson Elementary. We were there for two reasons: one, to present a $250 check which we received graciously from Franklin Tomorrow to the district, and two, to promote the brand new Needs Of Our Kids (NOOK) initiative founded by the FSSD PTO.

In FSSD, many school children are on Free and Reduced Lunch plans. This population is currently rising and, consequently, the children are arriving at school without their basic needs being met. If a child can’t even go to school without proper clothing, gym shoes, school supplies, or food, how can he or she be expected to learn effectively?

Often, Williamson County is viewed, from the outside, to be extensively wealthy. As a result, very little is done for those in need. Due to this pressing issue, I spoke at the meeting, pledging Threads of Care’s volunteer and financial support. Additionally, TOC Ambassadors Nick Hadley and Mikayla Prince volunteered as the Centennial High School and Franklin High School representatives for the NOOK initiative. Have both gone to elementary school in FSSD, they have a personal connection to the school system and are perfect representatives for their schools.

However, we cannot do this alone. FSSD needs the assistance of the entire Franklin community. That’s why I’m calling YOU to join us and help provide important supplies to the NOOK initiative. Recently, the NOOK team gained access to a 12 x 12 space provided by the excellent Non-Profit, OneGenAway, a group focused on hunger. Over the next few months, as requested by FSSD counselors, we’ll need brand new tennis shoes, underwear and socks, winter coats, dress code shirts, and non-nut based snack packs. These supplies will be available on demand to schools located throughout FSSD. Contact to lend a helping hand!

I’m optimistic about the bright future of the NOOK initiative and the shining future of these young children. However, we need to act and show them we care. Alright Franklin, let’s do this!