Franklin Educational Foundation Awards Grant to TV Technology Program at FHS

Yesterday I learned one more reason to be proud of our Franklin schools. I was attending the14th Annual Achievement Breakfast sponsored by the Franklin Educational Foundation at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, 27th St. and Oakwood Rd. 

Chairing this year’s event was Mary Karolewicz, who chose the theme “Lights. . .Camera. . .Action!” The theme was fitting because the major grant award for the year went to the TV technology program at Franklin High School. TV production teacher Gail DeClark, who has developed this well-respected, state-of-the-art program, talked to attendees about Media Literacy and its importance in 21st century education. She used some of the FHS technology to take an inside look at the TV production classrooms along with interviews of current students. In addition, Ms. DeClark brought four students with her to tell how Media Literacy classes have benefitted them.

The Franklin Educational Foundation was founded in 1996 to provide resources for student learning not included in the tax-supported budget. Since its formation, the foundation has provided almost $1 million to augment services, programs and equipment in the schools. It is a partnership of local businesses, parents, teachers, residents and government leaders. All 20 members of the board are volunteers.

The foundation currently sponsors three annual fundraisers: a community walk/run, a golf outing, and an auction and casino night. The 6th annual community walk/run, co-sponsored by Innovative Health and Fitness, will be held Saturday, May 15, at Froemming Park. Last year’s event raised over $7,000.

To register for the 5K run or to participate in the family walk, download a registration form at Also see the article on Franklin NOW posted by Tim Beyer, of Innovative Health and Fitness. For further questions or to learn how you can support the Franklin Education Foundation, call Marlene Vidal at 414-525-7650.

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