“The Franklin School of Innovation is preparing the next generation of leaders, capable of solving problems and participating effectively and ethically as local and global citizens. Through challenging academics, real-world learning, and community engagement, our students discover their potential, develop persistence, and recognize the value of others. Our graduates are ready for the future they will create.”
Do you recognize our mission statement? At Franklin, we want students to explore and seek out connections, within our community and beyond. As an EL Education school, we talk about this as “being Crew.” This year, EL Education turns 25, and as part of their year-long celebration, they are encouraging schools to share stories, with the hashtag WeAreCrew. To help EL celebrate, and to explore what this means at Franklin, we’ll be sharing some of our stories this year!
As the school year got underway, we all watched as a series of hurricanes swept a wide path of destruction. Many of our Crews took action to respond. Freshmen Crews collaborated and competed in “Penny Wars”, to see which Crew could raise the most money in spare change. Together, they collected nearly $800. Several other high school Crews held bake sales and collected school supplies. All donations were sent to YES Prep Public Schools. Funds will go directly to families in need. Many of these families lived in poverty even before the hurricane, and were deeply affected by Hurricane Harvey. We all remember the excitement of a new school year – the promise of brand new pencils and empty composition books, the opportunity for a fresh start. We can connect to what it must feel like to watch that all destroyed in a few short and terrifying hours. And we can recognize and honor the grit it takes to face hardship, and find the strength to start again. Reaching out to others is what it means to be Crew.
Closer to home, we’ve been raising scholarship funds to ensure that all students could participate in the 9th grade Adventure Treks trip into Pisgah National Forest. Thanks to everyone who made donations, or bought flowers or homemade apple butter, we’ve nearly reached our fundraising goal, and we were able to fund all scholarship requests. Another way to Be Crew – leave no one behind.
#WeAreCrew. What does it mean to you?