The NOOKNeeds Of Our Kids
The N.O.O.K. (Needs Of Our Kids) is a PTO-sponsored clothing closet, created to support school staff by providing new clothing to students in crisis on an on-call basis. By working with school counselors, this partnership ensures that all students enter the classroom ready to learn and achieve their individual potential.
In 2017, the 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, the FSSD Executive PTO, working in collaboration with the administrators, counselors and teachers in the district have established a resource center that will provide new shoes, socks, underwear, and jackets that can be delivered by a volunteer on demand at the request of a teacher, nurse, counselor or social worker. We are pleased to be able to pull resources together to benefit our friends and neighbors in need.
Poplar Grove Elementary: Christy Pauley
Moore Elementary: Tracy Hollis
Franklin Elementary: Brandi McCutchan
Liberty Elementary: Elizabeth Bledsoe
Johnson Elementary: Amanda Lyddane
Freedom Intermediate: Elizabeth Bledsoe
Freedom Middle: Emily Newton
Poplar Grove Middle: Andrea Laycock
Chairman of the Board: Alicia Barker
Executive Director: Jenn Morrison
Assistant Executive Director: Sara Holt
Chief Financial Officer: Jimena Stovall
How can I help?
By thinking of us when you’d like to give to our community! We’d love to be the beneficiary of your family’s giving, birthday parties, office drives, Girl Scout troop service projects, church giving, etc. We accept donations of only NEW clothing items, gift cards in $20 increments to Kroger, Goodwill and Old Navy. We also accept cash. Your donation is tax deductible with a receipt provided upon request. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The idea of the NOOK was announced at a September 2017 School Board meeting where committee members accepted a check from the Franklin High School student organization Threads of Care. Shortly thereafter, Chris and Elaine Whitney from One Generation Away pledged rent-free space in their warehouse to maintain the NOOK’s inventory.
After a first successful district-wide sock drive in November 2017, the closet began taking shape. The NOOK plans to hold an annual FSSD donation drive to restock inventory. We re also encouraging businesses and corporations to create their own drives to generate much-needed resources for our closet.
Because we call upon many generous local organizations such as GraceWorks, ThriftSmart, One Generation Away for most needs, the NOOK stocks only the most urgently needed basic items, such as:
- socks and shoes
- coats, gloves, hats, scarves
- dress code shirts and pants
- N.O.O.K. program to provide centralized location to help FSSD families in need (Williamson Herald)
- Threads of care partners with local project NOOK (Threads of Care website)
- Franklin Special School District N.O.O.K [Needs Of Our Kids]
- Franklin volunteers to deliver essential items to students (Tennessean)
Threads of Care, a youth-run organization founded by teens focused on helping teens in need. We are committed to helping teens in our community through clothing donations, supplies and fundraisers. Our outreach partners with local area high schools, non-profit and generous for-profit organizations to further our goals of providing services for teens in need. With this in mind, we also intend to uplift youth in our communities with clothing and supplies to make them feel cared for and appreciated.Zach Wolfson
One Generation Away was birthed from the dream that we can eliminate poverty, racism, and denominationalism in our lifetime. OneGen is dedicated to providing emergency food service to those in need via mobile pantries, as well as through partnerships with hospitals, social workers, schools, law enforcement, churches, civic groups, and many others who want to wipe hunger off the face of AmericaChris Whitney
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In addition to the partnerships with One Generation Away and Threads of Care, we are actively seeking partners to help us maintain a full inventory for our students in need.
If you would like to become a NOOK sponsor or volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.