We thank our corporate partners for hosting Food Truck Fundraisers and entertaining activities for United Way!
We hope to see you at the following events…
Friday, 5th – Join the Bank Director team for games, raffles, food, and fun! Sign-up for cornhole tournament. See flyer.
Food trucks: The Grilled Cheeserie, No Baked Cookie Dough
Location: Bank Director (201 Summit Drive, Brentwood, TN 38401)
Friday, 5th – StrategyCorps hosts Ante Up! for United Way, featuring a magic show, music, interactive canvas and more! See flyer.
Food trucks: Music City Brisket, The Mobile Chef
Location: Maryland Way Park (5055 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN 37027)
Time: 11a–2p (food trucks on site from 11a–1pm)
Thursday, 11th – Don’t miss the final day of PICA’s Fall Festival. See flyer.
Food trucks: It Forno, Steaming Goat
Location: PICA Building (3000 Meridian Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067)
Thursday, 11th – Who’s hungry? Join us for Day 1 of SVMIC‘s fundraiser. See flyer.
Food truck: Music City Brisket
Location: Harpeth on the Green Building One (101 Westpark Dr., Brentwood, TN 37027)
Tuesday, 30th – Who’s hungry? Join us for Day 2 of SVMIC‘s fundraiser. See flyer.
Food truck: Steaming Goat
Location: Harpeth on the Green Building One (101 Westpark Dr., Brentwood, TN 37027)
TRIGGER WARNING. This blog post references rape, sexual assault, and harassment, but also offers suggestions on how to reach out for help and provides resources for talking with children.
The topic of sexual misconduct— from unwanted advances to assault— has been “above the fold” news with regularity in recent months. The latest headlines have focused on the political calculus, but many survivors have shared her/his/their experiences online and provided insight about why they haven’t spoken out about their own histories of abuse, assault or rape, using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. Some wounds were fresh; others were decades old or took place during childhood.
10.10.18 Blog Image – Sexual Assault: Resources for Individuals and Families
It was no surprise to learn that the Sexual Assault Center (SAC)— which serves Middle TN— experienced a 500% increase in call volume since the Senate hearings into allegations of sexual assault by the Supreme Court nominee.
We are glad to know that SAC— one of our Partner Programs— is a vital community resource for Middle Tennesseans that seek healing, advocacy, and therapeutic support.
We are also glad that, nationally, United Way offered help through 2-1-1, the free 24/7 confidential information and referral service. 2-1-1 made sure its operators were able to help callers find local survivor support or mental health resources, which helped reduce the burden on the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and addressed long wait times. RAINN runs the National Sex Assault Hotline.
Resources for Children/Youth
SAC provides resources on child sexual abuse, such as Be Empowered: A Guidebook for Parents, Caregivers and Educators.
RAINN has excellent advice on how to talk to kids about sexual assault.
For parents, Psychology Today recently published tips on how to speak with loved ones about disclosure.
For survivors, Teen Vogue published self-care tips, acknowledging that it’s hard to avoid triggers and be overwhelmed by the news.
You can reach the SAC’s Crisis & Support Line at 1-800-879-1999.
Individuals and families can also contact/visit The Refuge Center for Counseling. This agency offers affordable professional counseling services that empower, educate, and support community members. Phone: (615) 591-5262
For additional local resources, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.
Original article by Neil Parekh, United Way Worldwide
The Social Studies Open Education Resource (OER) Team is working hard to develop a new social studies curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year. On October 11, their efforts took them out of the office and into downtown Franklin.
Made up of social studies teachers from around the district, the OER Team will discuss, create and build a brand-new curriculum that will help students learn.
Franklin is home to plenty of historical sights and monuments, something the OER Team took advantage of by going on a walking tour of downtown. By stopping at places like the Historic Masonic Building, the first three-story building in Tennessee, and the Williamson County Archives, they could make connections between the curriculum they are creating and the students they are teaching.
“Sometimes when we’re in history class, students think that everything is happening far away or a really long time ago,” said Franklin High AP Human Geography teacher Ashley Flood. “They pass by things all the time that are named after people or events. The more they make these local connections, the more likely they are to want to preserve that history.”
The OER Team is taking a technological approach to the new curriculum. The online approach makes it easier to adapt and update information, and it also doesn’t require students to carry around heavy textbooks.
“Pretty much everything we’re doing is online and digital,” Flood said. “A lot of the historical documents are digitized, so we can embed them into our curriculum. We’re able to weave it all together so it’s a cohesive plan.”
The team has been looking at state standards and understanding what needs to be covered during the year. After getting the big ideas down, the team can figure out how to weave in Williamson County history.
“That’s the cool thing about this Open Education Resource project,” Flood said. “It’s a living document. We can always go back and add things as they come up. We have these communities within Williamson County that each have their own histories and background stories. Being able to add those things in and help kids understand the uniqueness of their community.”
Three Williamson County high schools have launched new outlets for their students interested in journalism: online newspapers.
Fairview, Independence and Page high schools now offer a different place for students, faculty and community members to stay updated on things happening in the school. Students will write the content and keep the site updated with the supervision of a teacher.
The Fairview High online newspaper is called The Swarm.
“The students who inspired the creation of the school paper are very excited to be making history, as this is Fairview High School’s first online paper,” said Fairview High teacher Laura Lowry. “The motivation to start the paper and the hard work that goes into the articles is really the work of the students. They are looking forward to having a space written for the students and the community.”
The Independence High newspaper is called IndyNow.
“The launch of IndyNow is the culmination of hard work and planning on the part of our student editorial staff,” said Independence High teacher Diane Fender. “The journalism students show great dedication and skill, and we are all proud and excited to share the news from Independence High School online.”
The Page High online newspaper is called Patriot News.
“I’m excited for students to have the opportunity to work in an online newspaper and blog platform,” said Page High teacher Megan Stitt. “In a world where so many people receive their information online, being a part of that is pretty amazing. The skills they will learn can open so many doors for them in the future.”
All high schools had the opportunity to have an online newspaper housed on the Williamson County Schools site. Teachers had to participate in extensive training in order for their school to participate
As we celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, Williamson County Schools would like to remind drivers to be extra careful when sharing the roadways with schools buses.
“School buses are painted yellow for a reason,” said Williamson County Schools Safety and Security Director Michael Fletcher. “Drivers should always pay close attention to buses when they encounter them on the roads.”
School buses offer plenty of signals to alert drivers when they are preparing to stop and let children on or off the bus. Even if the road is four lanes wide with a turn lane in the center, drivers on both sides must stop until the bus lowers its stop sign.
“The flashing lights and stop signs on buses are to help other drivers know that students are actively loading or unloading the bus,” Fletcher said. “For the safety of the students, it is imperative that drivers honor these signals.”
Drivers can be fined for failing to stop for a school bus, and the fine may range from $250 to $1,000.
A business out of Texas is taking money out of the Fairview community and away from Fairview High students.
Sometimes going by ALLGOODS, LLC; SPIRITSTOP; SPN Sports Promotion Network, Fairview business owners report that someone calls and states that they work at Fairview High or represent Fairview High.
They promise the Fairview business name will be printed on t-shirts or balls that will be given out to students at the school. If some small amount of the product does arrive, it cannot be distributed for a number of reasons. In Fairview’s case, the Yellow Jacket is used by Fairview through a copyright agreement with Georgia Tech.
Fairview High Principal Dr. Kurt Jones says he has spoken with Fairview business owners who were upset to learn that a donation they believed was going to the school is really going to a company based out of Texas. Of course, the school never gets the donated money. This practice is against Tennessee law and is a fraud against the school.
“These people are preying on and misleading our Fairview businesses,” said Jones. “They are taking money out of our community and away from our students. I am pleading with Fairview business owners to call the school to verify that the individual contacting you to donate money is a legitimate representative of Fairview High School. I am heartbroken every time a new box arrives in my office, because I know our community members and our students have been taken advantage of.”
These businesses have received an “F” from the Better Business Bureau.
Below is a list of the companies we know have contacted Fairview businesses:
SPN Sports Promotion Network
The future is bright for three Franklin High School students who recently scored a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT.
Kate Sanborn, Olivia Byrd and Luis Sanchez Boedo put their knowledge to the test and aced the exam in July.
Kate and Olivia are both members of the Franklin Band, and Luis is on the Franklin High boys basketball team. All three students know the importance of balancing their academics with their extracurricular activities.
“Olivia, Kate and Luis are all exceptional learners with a strong desire to achieve at superior levels,” said FHS Assistant Principal Jason Eubanks. “We are quite proud of their body of work at Franklin High thus far and know without a doubt they will achieve at superior levels in life.”
The ACT is a college-readiness exam that is divided into four sections: English, math, reading and science. Each section is graded on a scale that tops out at 36. The composite score is the average of all four section scores.
Students at Page High School will soon learn valuable life-saving skills thanks to a generous donation by the American Heart Association and Williamson Medical Center (WMC).
The two organizations presented Page High Principal Dr. Shane Pantall with two CPR kits at the September 17 School Board meeting.
The kits will help teach students how to perform hands-only CPR in order to help someone in the case of emergency. Hands-only CPR doesn’t include the mouth-to-mouth breaths and consists of two steps: call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.
“Hands-only CPR makes a difference in a lot of peoples’ lives,” said WMC Emergency Medical Services Assistant Director Mark King. “I know these kits will provide a lot of great education.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital in the U.S. every year. Approximately 90 percent of cardiac arrest victims outside of the hospital die, but CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Over the past several days, Williamson County Schools and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating student threats on social media that have been brought to our attention. WCS wants parents to know that threats made against another student, staff member or school will get an immediate response leading to school discipline and potential criminal prosecution.
“In today’s times, when someone makes a threat in the school or on social media about a school, we investigate and involve law enforcement,” said WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden.
The district encourages parents to talk with their children about the consequences of making threats, even as pranks. Just as important, parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s posts on social media.
“Williamson County Schools along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office take each threat seriously,” said WCS Safety and Security Director Mike Fletcher. “We need help from our parents in monitoring their children’s activities on social media and helping them understand potential consequences in making a threat.”
Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long agrees. “School safety is a top priority for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office,” said Long. “That’s why we have SROs in all county schools and FSSD schools. Children should be able to go to school to learn in a safe environment. That is our mission. We take all school threats seriously and they are investigated thoroughly. Anyone responsible for threats against our schools will be arrested and held accountable for their actions.”
Williamson County Schools has created a new threat protocol for schools to use when assessing the level of a threat made by a student to determine if discipline, support services or other interventions might be needed for the student.
“The threat protocol is a guide our school administrators can use so that threats are investigated in the same way across the district,” said Golden.
As always, students and parents are encouraged to follow the motto if you see something, say something.
“School safety takes all of us working together,” said Fletcher. “Everyone in the community has a role in school safety and security.”
Street Parking in Franklin
In July the Board of Mayor and Alderman voted to amend Franklin’s Parking laws from 4 hours to 2 hours in the downtown core. The law will not be enforced until signs can be replaced. Once the new signs are in place the new parking time limits will be enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will exclude city recognized holidays. Saturdays and Sundays will be unlimited parking. The City also owns two free parking garages with approximately 300 spaces each that offer unlimited free parking. There are privately owned paid lots also available in downtown Franklin. See the map below that shows where the lots are located. You can see paid and free lots at this link http://arcg.is/1zqLey. See frequently asked questions at bottom of page.
Parking Garage Availability
Frequently Asked Parking Questions
Question: When is time restricted parking enforced?
Answer: time restricted parking is enforced Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM. Time restricted parking is not enforced on Saturdays, Sundays and City Holidays. The following are City observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Question: Why did the City change from 4-hour parking to 2-hour parking in the downtown area?
Answer: The curb space is a valuable city asset and is managed with time limits to encourage turnover in the downtown retail/commercial areas. Enforcement of time limits increases the availability of spaces for short-term parkers and compels long-term parkers to park vehicles in off-street parking lots or garages.
Question: Can the City install an accessible, ADA compliant on-street parking space?
Answer: Yes. The City of Franklin has adopted the Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way. The City of Franklin is committed to installing truly accessible, ADA compliant on-street parking spaces to meet the needs of the disabled community. To help the City prioritize locations, we would encourage you to fill out a service request for ADA accommodation, please click here.
Question: Who can park in an electric vehicle charging space?
Answer: No vehicle shall be parked, in a public parking space, if designated for charging any electric vehicle by any sign or pavement marking using the term “electric vehicle charging”, or otherwise reasonably indicating designation for electric vehicle charging, unless the vehicle is actively charging when parked in the electric vehicle charging parking space.
Question: How are loading and unloading zones determined in the City of Franklin?
Answer: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen have the authority to establish passenger and freight loading zones. Loading zones will be established only where:
- The property owner has no available off-street loading and unloading facilities or such facilities as are available are grossly inadequate:
- Such loading is necessary to the conduct of the business of the property owner:
- Such loading zone is in the interest of the public convenience, welfare and safety
- The type of loading and unloading involves freight or merchandise too heavy or bulky to be conveniently carried by hand:
- Existing street loading space is too inconvenient or far away for practical and efficient loading or unloading.
Question: How long can I park in a public parking lot or garage?
Answer: No vehicle shall remain parked in a city parking lot or garage which is owned, leased, or maintained by the City of Franklin for more than 24 hours or the vehicle may be impounded.