PHOTO: FSSD Director of Schools David Snowden stands with students who competed in the 2019 IAC in Chicago. They are (from left) Lauren Reeves, Caedmon Holland, Brewer Osteen, Will Osteen, Payton Bledsoe, Brooke Bledsoe and Jack Maxwell. Not pictured are Brennan Slusser and Madeline Hamilton. / Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
The Seamless Summer Food Service program through the Franklin Special School District ended its 10th year a couple of weeks ago, wrapping up another successful season.
“We served 8,133 more meals this summer than the previous summer,” Robbin Cross, the program’s supervisor, told members of the FSSD Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting at Poplar Grove Middle School. “We served a total of 38 days (from May 28 through July 26), with 14,608 breakfasts and 35,830 lunches.”
The summer meals program seeks to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of May, June and July. The FSSD does this through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Education.
Franklin’s school district, which is comprised of eight schools, is eligible to be a serving site based on its free and reduced lunch statistics, which are around 40% to 45%.
Johnson Elementary School served as the open dining site, where it served lunch to 164 youth and children and breakfast to 28.
Community partners and off-site serving locations included FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, The PATH Project, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, and New Hope Academy. Visitors to the FSSD’s Story Bus Plus program were also offered a meal during its summer schedule.
A matter of FACT
Thirty FSSD students spent a good part of their summer participating in the Freedom Middle School FACT (Freedom Academic Competition Team) Club, and nine of those students made their way to Chicago in June to compete in the 2019 International Academic Competitions (IAC) middle school and elementary school national championships.
It was the first year of competitive organization for the club, which is sponsored by teacher Hollie Osteen. An update on the students’ success this summer was presented to Board of Education members.
Events that fall under the IAC umbrella include the National History Bee and Bowl, the U.S. Academic Bee and Bowl, the U.S. Geography Olympiad, the International Geography Bee, the National Science Bee and the National Humanities Bee.
Lauren Reeves, an eighth grader, competed in the International Geography Bee, the U.S. Academic Bee and the National Science Bee. Reeves was also the top scorer in Tennessee in the Scholastic Achievement League Challenge, a contest that involved over 12,000 middle school students nationwide.
Others competing were ninth graders Brewer Osteen, Madeleine Hamilton and Jack Maxwell, eighth graders Brennan Slusser, Caedmon Holland, Payton Bledsoe and Brooke Bledsoe, and seventh grader Will Osteen.