DW's Hometown Heroes

 
In 2017, the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) Executive PTO began exploring better ways to engage community organizations and resources in support of students and families with critical needs. With a "free and reduced" lunch population hovering at 40%, the FSSD has children who sometimes arrive at school without basic needs met. Immediate daily needs can range from improper or inadequate clothing, inappropriate shoes for physical education classes, missing supplies, and hunger. The schools provide free and reduced breakfast and lunch. And weekend "fuel bags" and mobile pantries are available through GraceWorks and One Generation Away. However, there are occasions when clothing is needed on an immediate basis.

To address this issue and take some of the pressure off of school staff working diligently to meet the needs of all students, parent volunteers, working in collaboration with the administrators, counselors and teachers in the district established a resource center provides new shoes, socks, underwear, coats, basic and hygiene items that can be delivered by a volunteer on demand at the request of a teacher, nurse, counselor or social worker. And NOOK, Needs of our kids, was born.

In just two years this incredible group has gained their 501c3 status, expanded to serve several high schools in Williamson County and has provided supplies to hundreds of students. In honor of the work they are doing we honor them as our 97th Hometown Hero.

Camp Will is a seven week summer day camp for children, adolescents, and young adults, ages 6-23 years, with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.  Campers with disabilities like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, autism spectrum disorder and more are able to enjoy a typical summer camp experience that includes swim outings, arts and crafts, sports, special events and more.    Hosted by Williamson County Parks and Rec they offer two camp sites (Pearre Creek and Crockett), with up to 60 campers per site. At each site, campers are divided into smaller groups (campers are  divided by age). Each individual group has around 8-12 campers, with 3 counselors and 1 head counselor. The summer of 2019 Camp Will hosted more than 150 campers!

Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Heroes is a monthly event honoring Middle Tennessee residents who are making a difference in their community, Those who have been honored include a mother who led the charge to change the legal blood concentration level lowered from .10 to .08, Vanderbilt's LifeFlight team who on a daily basis save lives with their emergency room in the sky, community leaders who in their spare time have started initiatives that have changed thousands of lives for the better, a 15 year old who lost her special ops father in Afghanistan who leads an event every year to make the lives of the children of the fallen just a little better as well as teachers, veterans, police officers and more. We want to help shine the light on their good deeds, but we need your help!

Nominate your hero by clicking here and tell us why you think they deserve to be recognized for their contribution.

Heroes receive local recognition, a trophy from 'ol DW and a $500 donation to a charity of their choice.

Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Heroes is a monthly event honoring Middle Tennessee residents who are making a difference in their community, Those who have been honored include a mother who led the charge to change the legal blood concentration level lowered from .10 to .08, Vanderbilt's LifeFlight team who on a daily basis save lives with their emergency room in the sky, community leaders who in their spare time have started initiatives that have changed thousands of lives for the better, a 15 year old who lost her special ops father in Afghanistan who leads an event every year to make the lives of the children of the fallen just a little better as well as teachers, veterans, police officers and more. We want to help shine the light on their good deeds, but we need your help!

Nominate your hero by clicking here and tell us why you think they deserve to be recognized for their contribution.

Heroes receive local recognition, a trophy from 'ol DW and a $500 donation to a charity of their choice.