Franklin, TN 37064
Our mission is to support school staff in the Franklin Special School District and the schools of Williamson County as they work to ensure that all students enter the classroom ready to learn and succeed by achieving their individual potential.
The NOOK is a resource center started by parents in the Franklin Special School District to provide new clothing essentials (things like coats, shoes, socks, underwear, shirts, pants, basic hygiene and feminine hygiene) to students in the district on demand at the request of a school's nurse, counselor or social worker.
During its first year of operation, the NOOK organized and obtained 501(c)(3) status, received a donation of warehouse space from our partner, One Generation Away, trained a team of over 20 'Volunteers on Call' and established programs to serve in all FSSD schools and select high need Williamson County schools. In less than two school semesters, the NOOK distributed over 2500 pairs of socks, 1500 pairs of underwear, 55 pairs of shoes, 100 pairs of pants, 75 shirts, 33 emergency fuel cards, 231 boxes of feminine hygiene and 57 boxes of food from One Generation Away.
Our most pressing needs are donations of cash and $20 Kroger gift cards that are used to purchase fuel for families in crisis. Because our work is very individualized, our Volunteers on Call generally have to purchase on demand to obtain the right sizes of shoes and clothing needed by a child as they are requested their school's social worker, counselor or nurse.
The development of the NOOK has been an extraordinary community effort - a partnership of parents, community leaders, schools and the amazing teachers, nurses, social workers and counselors that work to ensure our children succeed in school. Our mission is narrow and highly focused. We partner with our schools to eliminate barriers to education for kids in crisis by empowering school staff with what they need to immediately respond - quelling the chaos for the teacher, the child and the whole of the classroom so that everyone can stay focused on the important task of education. At this time, our volunteers on call will deliver new essentials (coats, shoes, socks, underwear, shirts, pants, basic hygiene items and feminine hygiene) for the child, as well as gas money or food for the family. Our partner, One Generation Away (www.onegenaway.com) provides the food we deliver and we are also utilizing the program, OneSight, to provide eyeglasses to children who need them and don't have any other option. 99% of the gifts we have received have gone directly to essentials for our kids - we are completely volunteer driven.A school delivery of a new set of clothes?.or a pair of gym shoes and socks?or underwear and pants for a kindergartner that has an accident and doesn't have a back-up?all seem like little things. But we believe, that for the child at school without the items in that NOOK delivery bag, these are not little things at all.
|Primary Category:||Education - Student Services|
|Secondary Category:||Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)|
Currently, the NOOK serves all of the schools of the Franklin Special School District, as well as select high-need schools in Williamson County.
|TN - Williamson|