FSEEF Grant Application Revised for 2015 12.30.14

FSEEF 2015 Grant Application–Click here to download the 2015 FSEEF Grant Application.


Please note the changes…

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY IN PDF FORM to fseducationalexcellence@gmail.com.  Appropriate signatures must be included on the application.

Grants will be reviewed QUARTERLY on February 28, April 27, September 28, and November 23.  Deadlines for submission are included in the application packet.

Jane Ross Named Excellent Educator 3.30.15


The Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation



Jane Ross

Attendance/Record Clerk


Mrs. Ross’ nomination included the following parent comment:  “Ms. Jane was the first person we met when we came into Simpson Elementary on Friday before President’s Day.  She took the time to walk us through the school after hours and gave us the paperwork needed to enroll my son.  She advised us to come back on Monday, even though it was a holiday.  She said everyone would be there for a meeting.  We arrived and Ms. Jane showed us around the school again.  She was so friendly and pleasant!  She has always been informative of any questions I may have, and I think she does a good job as an office worker.  They are the first people you meet when entering a school.  They are all so nice and friendly at Simpson Elementary, but I feel Ms. Jane goes above and beyond, and I have never known when she was not feeling good, having a bad day, or otherwise you never see or hear it in her!!  Therefore I would like to nominate her and give her a BIG THANK YOU for her friendly courteous self.”


Mrs. Ross has been involved with public education for the past eighteen years.  She has been the Attendance/Record Clerk at Simpson Elementary School for all of those eighteen years.  Her duties include recording student daily attendance, maintaining student records, enrolling new students, and helping students, parents, teachers, and administrators in many and varied ways!!


Mrs. Ross was born and raised in Franklin, KY.  She is the daughter of James Mooneyhan.  She likes working with the kids at Simpson Elementary.  She says, “They are sweet, loving, and trusting at this age, so it is fun to just talk to them!  But to have them give you random hugs while you are walking down the hall and have them trust you, is something special!!!”


Mrs. Ross is married to Tim Ross.  She has five children:  Brandon McCreary, Nick Ross, Jack Ross, Sam Ross, and Tammy Rykal.  She also has one grandson, Brett Rykal.  In her free time she loves spending time with her family!!


Thank you, Jane Ross, for your superb dedication to the Students of Simpson County during the past 18 years.  Simpson County Schools are stronger today because of administrative staff like you!!

Debbie Hughes Awarded FSEEF Excellent Educator 12.29.14


Debbie Hughes

District English Language Learner Coordinator/Teacher


Mrs. Hughes’ nominations included the following student comment:  “Mrs. Hughes strives to do her best for her students whether they are a student in the ESL Program or a regular student.  She never complains when asked to do something and always completes the tasks at hand to her greatest ability.  She first made an impact on me when I was in the 4th Grade and has continued to do so throughout my Middle School and High School years by encouraging me to do my best and always reach for the stars.  I know I could go to her for virtually anything and she would find the time to help me!  She has made an impact on so many students and staff members throughout her years in Simpson County School District.  She is definitely an Excellent Educator!!”


Mrs. Hughes has been involved with public education for the past 34 years, 33 of those years being in Simpson County.  She is currently the District Coordinator and teacher for the English Language Learners Program across all the grade levels.  Previously, Mrs. Hughes was a Special Education Teacher (LBD), a regular Education Classroom Teacher (5th Grade), and Guidance Counselor for both Franklin Elementary and Lincoln Elementary, at different times.


Mrs. Hughes was born and grew up in Holy Cross, Kentucky, which is near Bardstown, Kentucky.  She attended Western Kentucky University where she received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Rank I.  Her Master’s and   Rank I are in Guidance Counseling.  She is also a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.


In discussing the favorite part of her current duty in the school system, she mentions the true appreciation of learning and respect for education the English Language Learners display towards education and the educator.  She states’ “I love watching the students “light-up” once they master a concept and gain confidence in themselves for learning a new skill.”


Mrs. Hughes has been married to David Hughes, retired Special Education Director of Simpson County Schools, for the past 30 years.  They have one daughter, who is a cosmetologist, and one granddaughter.  In her free time, Mrs. Hughes enjoys sewing and making clothes for her granddaughter, traveling to South Carolina with David, volunteering at the Simpson County Boys and Girls Club, and participating in the local Daughters’ of the American Revolution Chapter.  She also loves to read AR books!!  She has just finished her term as President of the Board of Directors for Simpson County Boys and Girls Club. 


Thank you, Debbie Hughes, for your superb dedication to the Students of Simpson County the past 33 years.  Simpson County Schools are stronger today because of teachers and administrators like you!!

Remember FSEEF during Your End of Year Giving 12.11.14

Are you in search of a worthy organization to support during the holidays?  FSEEF will be accepting contributions in its office until 12/30/14 to be credited to the 2014 tax year.  You may mail a contribution to us at PO Box 94, Franklin, KY 42135 or make a donation through our online site http://www.firstgiving.com/FSEEF.  Use the DONATE BUTTON on the right side of the page.

Your contribution remains within Simpson County to support programs like:

The Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson–FSEEF supports much of the BGC technology needs

Imagination Library–We currently have almost 400 children in Simpson County who benefit from FREE monthly books delivered to their homes.   http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/

GED scholarships for adult learners–the GED test fee has increased to $120 from $60 in 2014.  FSEEF scholarships $30 to those who need assistance and are identified by Simpson County Literacy Center or Simpson County Adult Education.

District-wide Chinese Program–a collaborative effort of FSEEF, Franklin Rotary Club, Simpson County Schools and Western Kentucky University’s Confucius Institute     http://www.wku.edu/ci/ .  This program brings Chinese language and culture to many schools in the district helping our students understand achieve global awareness and understand cultural diversity and customs.

Excellent Educator–a stipend program that recognizes 6-10 outstanding educators annually.  FSEEF provides a $250 gift certificate to these educators to purchase items for their classrooms/worksites.

Music and arts education within the school district and the FS Arts Council

Scholarships for seniors entering an education-related field of study.

BackPack Program–provides snacks and easily prepared meals for students over the weekend.

STEM initiatives–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs such as the Summer Aquabots camp help students learn to apply basic STEM concepts to real world situations  This program is also partially funded by Harman.

Junior Achievement–teaches concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and business to students from elementary to high school.  www.jaforkids.org

So, a contribution to FSEEF supports our learners in these and many other ways.  Make an impact in the Franklin Simpson community by including FSEEF in your philanthropic plans for 2014 and beyond!  http://firstgiving.com/FSEEF  Donate TODAY!

FSEEF Provides Donation to BackPack Program 12.11.14

At its regular monthly meeting, the FSEEF board of directors approved a donation of $750 to the Simpson County BackPack Program.  This programs provides snacks and easily prepared foods to children within the district over the weekend.  Currently, 220 students receive BackPack assistance.  Students are referred to the BackPack Program through Community Education by teachers, bus drivers, administrators, Family Resource Centers, and staff.  We are proud to be a small part of this amazing initiative.


Walk, Run, Roll 5K Hugely Successful 11.20.14

What a salute to our Simpson County Veterans!  On behalf of the Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who played a part in making our first ever “Walk, Run, Roll 5K” at F-S Community Park an incredible success.  Although it was a brisk November morning, 145 participants and countless volunteers braved the cold in support of our veterans.  

Our opening ceremonies were a touching tribute led by Captain Jeff Grimes and assisted by Lexie Lyles who sang the National Anthem and Boy Scout Troop #47 members Jack Dobbs and Rob Fowler who presented the colors. Special thanks to all of the veterans’ groups and auxiliary organizations who were our course spotters along with the FSHS dance and cross country teams, and the Simpson County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution who manned the water station.  We would also like to give a special word of thanks to Terry Joiner and the FS Parks Board for use of the amazing park and to the FS Ambulance Service for being there…just in case.  

Our event would have been impossible without the support of our community sponsors: Evergreen Tax Service, Forshee Real Estate & Auction Co., Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority, Steve Marr—Edward Jones Investments, Ballard-Burton, LLC, Key Oil, Harding Benefits Consulting, Bill Harris, David & Michele Cummins, Bob & Deanna May.Additionally, our veterans’ organizations went above and beyond with both sponsorships and volunteer support:  Harristown American Legion & Auxiliary, Am Vets & Auxiliary, VFW and Auxiliary, American Legion & Auxiliary, Cooties & Auxiliary.  A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to Liz Burris who coordinated all of the veterans’ organizations and the opening ceremony.

 We would also like to thank our in-kind sponsors:  Franklin-Simpson Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for providing the snacks, Army National Guard for the awesome goody bags, D & M Florist for the coffee bar, JB Distributors, US Bank, and Franklin Favorite-WFKN.

The FSEEF board of directors for their assisted with sponsorships worked hard during the week before and day of the race. Shout out to Tanner and Connor Smith who stepped up and helped their mom out!  Proceeds will benefit scholarships and educational programs supported by the Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation.  It truly took an army of people, but the outcome was fantastic.  Thanks to everyone who supported our veterans through this event! 


Excellent Educator Forms in Schools 9.24.14

FSEEF Excellent Educator nomination forms are going home with students soon.  Please take the time to visit our link on Survey Monkey to vote for a deserving educator.


Beasley House After Hours 9.24.14

A Chamber of Commerce After Hours will be held at the Beasley House for Community and International Education on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Members of the community are invited to meet our new Chinese instructors, tour the house, and receive more information about international education in Simpson County Schools and Community Education programs.  The Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation, Franklin Rotary Club, and Simpson County Schools partner to make international opportunities a reality for Simpson County students.

Pearls Night Out Scheduled 9.24.14

The first ever “Pearls Night Out,” a casual evening of conversation, is scheduled for Thursday, October 16 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Brick Yard Cafe.  Women of all ages are encouraged to attend and help us support education in our community through our Power of the Pearl fund.  Our guest speaker will be Dana Banton, teacher at Simpson Elementary and a mom whose youngest child just “graduated” from Imagination Library.  Dana will give us some insight into how Imagination Library impacts children who participate.  Appetizers will be provided.  Please help us strengthen the strand by coming out on October 16.

FSEEF Board Awards First Round of 2014-15 Funding 9.24.14

At its regular monthly meeting, the FSEEF board of directors reviewed several grants.  We are excited to announce funding provided to Simpson County Schools.

Franklin Elementary– purchase of technology to supplement their classroom sets for Pre-K and K

Franklin Simpson Middle School–purchase of technology for Social Studies and Language Arts classrooms as well as Math classroom.  Additional funding to purchase keyboards for music classes.

Franklin Simpson High School–purchase of World Drumming Curriculum for music program.

Thanks to all who applied.  Our next meeting for grant consideration has been moved to Monday, December 1.  Applicants should plan accordingly.