In 2017, the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) Executive PTO began exploring better ways to engage community organizations and resources in support of students and families with critical needs. With a “free and reduced” lunch population hovering at 40%, the FSSD has children who sometimes arrive at school without basic needs met. Immediate daily needs can range from improper or inadequate clothing, inappropriate shoes for physical education classes, missing supplies, and hunger. The schools provide free and reduced breakfast and lunch. And weekend “fuel bags” and mobile pantries are available through GraceWorks and One Generation Away. However, there are occasions when clothing is needed on an immediate basis.

To address this issue and take some of the pressure off of school staff working diligently to meet the needs of all students, parent volunteers, working in collaboration with the administrators, counselors and teachers in the district established a resource center provides new shoes, socks, underwear, coats, basic and hygiene items that can be delivered by a volunteer on demand at the request of a teacher, nurse, counselor or social worker. And NOOK, Needs of our kids, was born.

In just two years this incredible group has gained their 501c3 status, expanded to serve several high schools in Williamson County and has provided supplies to hundreds of students. In honor of the work they are doing we honor them as our 97th Hometown Hero.

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