FSEEF Walk, Run, Roll 5K Scheduled for November 15 8.28.14

??????????FSEEF is excited to partner with many of the local veteran’s organizations and auxiliaries to bring our Walk, Run, Roll 5K:  Honoring Our Veterans…Educating Our Community to the FS Park on Saturday, November 15.

We are currently seeking sponsors for our 5K and invite you to join us in a meaningful event honoring our local veterans and raising awareness for FSEEF programs.  Visit our webpage for more information about registration, the race course, etc.



Please contact Laura Smith for sponsorship information.


Learn More about “Power of the Pearl” 2.7.14



Power of the Pearl is a new fund being established at FSEEF.  We invite you to learn more about this unique opportunity for women to become involved in this fund.  An event for women only is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The link below will take you to our Power of the Pearl webpage for more information.






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.



FSHS West Campus SNAP ED receives funding 8.28.14

The FSEEF board of directors held its first monthly meeting of the 2014-15 school year on Monday, August 25.  The board is pleased to award $750 to FSHS West Campus for their Friday meal preparation.  Led by SNAP ED Assistant Caren Gibson, through the UK Extension Service, students learn how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.  They learn the basic sciences behind cooking processes, skills to follow a recipe, food costs and comparative shopping skills.

We are pleased to provide support for this program which enables our students to learn skills that will help them be healthy throughout their lives.



Brooke Portmann Receives FS Alumni Scholarship 6.23.14

The FS Alumni Fund congratulates Brooke Portmann as 2014 recipient of the FS Alumni Fund scholarship.  Brooke is the daughter of Charlie and Penny Portmann.  She plans to attend Western Kentucky University in the fall.  The FS Alumni Fund scholarship is the result of FS alumni contributions.  This years award was $5,000 payable in the fall ($2,500) and spring provided Brooke maintains a 3.0 gpa.  Congratulations, Brooke!

Brooke Portmann 2014 FS Alumni Scholarship recipient.