My-VoiceSince 2011, the Education Foundation of Franklin Education Connection has awarded $101,901.96 in teacher grants for 71 programs benefiting students at all eight FCS schools.

2017 Fall Grant Cycle – $11,060.53

FCHS: Collaborative, Technology Integrated Music Learning
With help from the Franklin Education Connection, teachers in the music department for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 will initiate an online, collaborative music unit. The unit will give the students the opportunity to work with recording software for authentic musical learning experiences, thus creating an opportunities to explore new ways of learning and possible career choices in the future.

FCMS: Finch Robots in FCSC and Beyond
The Finch Robots in FCSC and Beyond program will provide FCS educators with resources to help encourage students to become creators and enrich their math, science and computer skills with an authentic and motivational activity.

Union Elementary: Informational Text Superkids Library
Informational text libraries allows students to explore engaging and fun social studies and science topics while learning to read decodable text with accuracy, fluency and comprehension.

Union Elementary: Creating Engaging, Independent Reading Stations
Creating reading stations that are fun and engaging to students. Encouraging independent work with stamps, pads, markets, magnets and cookie sheets which is engaging to the student while helping to create fluent readers.

Union Elementary: Growing Successful Readers
Purchasing packs of leveled readers to offer approachable materials for beginning readers. Providing beginning leveled text for lower leveled reading groups builds young readers’ confidence while also building foundational reading strategies.

Northwood Elementary: Uke Asked for It
Music helps develop neurophysiological distinction. This can translate into improvement in literacy and overall academics. By purchasing six additional ukuleles and equipment, we will be able to increase student involvement in the ukulele club.

Webb Elementary: Perseverance and Reasoning
Provide fun, engaging activities to students that will help them learn perseverance while developing reasoning abilities. 

Franklin Community Middle School: Reading for Life
This project will partner struggling readers in the seventh and eighth grade with first graders to complete a read-aloud. The struggling reader will be required to choose a book, prepare a lesson, practice the lesson and book before meeting with the first grader. By showcasing a student’s weakness as a strength, the student gets a chance to see how successful reading/learning can look and feel.

Franklin Community Middle School: Eight Grade Literature Circle Books
Purchasing new books that include the theme of understanding and accepting others to be utilized in literature circles for both regular and high-ability eighth grade curriculum.

Custer Baker Intermediate School: Making Reviewing Fun
Purchase a dry-erase prize wheel to make reviewing material more engaging and meaningful.

Needham Elementary: Kindergarten Engineering Kits
Provide opportunities for students to collaboratively engage in replicating and creating structures based on real life design potentially sparking an interest in the fields of math and engineering.

Franklin Community Middle & High Schools: Making Sense Out of Senses
Enhancing students academic performance through sensory organization allows students who normally struggle to organize their thoughts and attention. The use of sensory support for students with Executive Function discrepancies will assist in sustained attention and increased task completion.

Franklin Community Middle School: Being Integrated
Creating a sensory room appropriate for the middle school that can be utilized by all students as necessary. This sensory room will help students meet basic physiology and emotional needs in order to achieve at the student’s individual potential.

Franklin Community High School: Sensory Room for High School Students
To combat the high number of students who struggle with anxiety and sensory issues and offer those students a designated area. Purchasing materials needed to create the welcoming environment needed to meet a variety of sensory needs to improve student behavior and ability to remain in class.

Needham Elementary: Writing Visual Aids and Tools
Purchasing visual aids and learning tools that accompany Smeken’s Education writing instruction already in use by teachers to continue to develop and implement new ways to encourage students in reading and writing throughout the year.

Union Elementary: Teaching Exemplary Traits of Writing Through Mentor Texts
These resources will provide teachers with a way to demonstrate examples of exemplary writing to students, which will help students become more successful writers in years to come.

Northwood Elementary: Writing Mentor Texts
These resources will be an aide in helping teachers to better implement Smeken’s writing program in the classroom and students will experience greater writing achievements.

Needham Elementary: Smeken’s Writing Materials
Purchasing educational materials that complement the Smeken’s program to assist in both developing and enhancing first grade students’ writing over the course of the school year.

2015 Fall Grant Cycle – $8,081.93

Creekside Elementary School
Kindergarten Active Seating – Yoga ball type seats (with stable feet) for small learning center tables in kindergarten classrooms. Promotes brain function and focus, core strength, expends excess energy.

Creekside Elementary School
Nutrition Club Garden Project – Extension of current Nutrition Club (where students receive a bag of food each Friday for the weekend). This club would incorporate gardening and growing fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, as well as nutrition education, health and fitness and community service.

Franklin Community High School
Electronic Controls for 3D Printed Prosthetic Hands – Makes use of the 3D printer donated to FCHS. Adds electronic control modules to the prosthetic hands which can be printed using the printer.

Franklin Community High School
Vernier LabQuest – Equipment to collect, graph and analyze data in agricultural applications such as soil testing.

Northwood Elementary School
Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader – Enhance one elementary school’s Reading Counts program by purchasing 100 leveled fiction and non-fiction books.

Union and Webb Elementary Schools
Literacy in the Art Room – Use children’s biography books of famous artists to introduce them and their work to students. Build a literacy library in the art rooms at each of the two elementary schools.

Webb Elementary School
Franklin Community High School
Standing For Success – This grant will purchase three standing desks to be available for students who need a physical respite from sitting, to increase student focus and thereby increase achievement.

2014 Fall Grant Cycle – $9,313.50

Franklin Community High School
Standing For Success – This grant will purchase three standing desks to be available for students who need a physical respite from sitting, to increase student focus and thereby increase achievement.

Franklin Community High School
My Voice – Apps for Essential Skills students to enhance communication.

Franklin Community High School
FCHS Reads Book Drive – Promote student literacy through high-interest books for classrooms to increase reading stamina and engagement.

Franklin Community High School and Franklin Community Middle School
Gettin’ in the Zone: Increasing Students’ Reading Skills by Meeting Them at Their Levels – Establish comfortable reading spaces in classrooms and  libraries of high interest/low reading level  novels to promote reading engagement.

Northwood Elementary School
6 + 1 Writing Mentor Text Kits – “Writing Kits” for each 3rd and 4th grade teacher to introduce and develop writing traits.

Northwood Elementary School
Exploring the World – Provide an opportunity for all students to explore the culture and language of five countries (Mexico, Japan, France, Haiti and Germany).

2013 Fall Grant Cycle – $9,821

Creekside, Needham, Northwood and Webb Elementary Schools
Book Ala carte – book sets for 3rd and 4th grade classrooms

Creekside Elementary
K-4 Music Centers focusing on music literacy

Creekside Elementary
Art program to develop creative thinking skills

Creekside Elementary
Small group counseling materials

Franklin Community High School
Spring Musical – royalties and scores

Franklin Community High School
Biology Department – Ecological Water Testing equipment

Needham Elementary
K-4 Conflict Management (Kelso’s Choice)

Northwood Elementary
Musical instruments to enhance motor skills related to reading and math<hr>


2012 Fall Grant Cycle – $8,572

Custer Baker Intermediate
Students use inquiry, collaboration and problem-solving to design, build and drive robots to accomplish assigned tasks

Franklin Community High School
Literary Magazine by and for students

Franklin Community High School
Compile interviews, research, stories of Franklin Flood of 2008 and produce a drama similar to Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town”

Franklin Community High School
Peer Tutors will create task boxes for students K-12 with severe disabilities, specifically autism, in all eight schools in the district

Franklin Community High School
Royalties for the Spring Musical

Northwood Elementary School
Switch tools for K-4 for moderate to severely disability students to enhance communication skills

Northwood Elementary School
Nonfiction books for each grade level and NF (RC) books for two title rooms to use for interventions


2012 Spring Grant Cycle – $6,456

Creekside Elementary School
“Learn to Read, Read to Learn” – 120+ students and their parents matched non-fiction, “real life” reading

Franklin Community High School
“Math in Motion” – Hands-on problem solving project using a variety of measuring instruments involving 500+ students and four teachers

Franklin Community High School
“TAP” (Transition to Adulthood Program) – Provides continuing education for essential skills students ages 18-22

Webb Elementary School
“Magic Keyboard” – Introduces Kindergarten through 4th grade students (300+) to basic keyboard skills which research has shown strengthens math and science skills

Webb Elementary School
“Lights, Camera, Action; Engaging Reluctant Readers through Digital Media” – 284+ students produce digital book trailers recommending books to other students


2011 Fall Grant Cycle – $12,922

Creekside Elementary School
“Author’s Academy” – A trait-based writing program (involving seven teachers and 125+ students) providing experiences to improve individual student growth in both reading and writing

Custer Baker Intermediate School
“Heads High” – An after-school program for at risk boys to help increase their self-esteem and to teach them to set goals

Franklin Community High School
“Final Cut Pro” – Pilot program to create student opportunities with student productions including FCHS news features and announcements involving over 100 students and two teachers

Franklin Community High School
FCHS Spring Musical – Funds will help fund copyrights for music for spring production which involves large cross-section of FCHS students and staff

Franklin Community High School
FCHS Art Mural – FCHS art students will create 100-foot-long mural, 6 feet off the floor in a public area, depicting cultural and athletic pursuits of past and present students

Franklin Community Middle School
“African Pen Pal” – Seventh grade students will correspond with 4th through 12th grade students in Kager, Kenya