Franklin-Simpson Middle School

Kevin Willis

Students and staff at Franklin-Simpson Middle School are hoping to impact the less fortunate this weekend by offering thousands of donated items for free.

Over 750 students have helped collect furniture, clothing, toys, appliances, and household items that will be available Saturday morning during the second “Kids Caring for Our Community” event.

Sixth-grade teacher Cheyenne Brown spearheaded a similar effort in April that led to the collection of thousands of items that were given out to an estimated 500 people. She says the effort has been an incredible bonding experience for students from all different backgrounds.

“It’s really uplifting to see some kids who aren’t as fortunate as other kids, and then seeing how they’re all coming together to work—you can’t tell one from the other. Everyone is coming together to try to make somebody else’s holiday better.

Sixth-grade student Katie Bunch says she and her classmates have been busy over the last several months getting the word out about Saturday’s event.

Simpson County Schools

When a group of Franklin-Simpson Middle School students learned about the number of economically disadvantaged families in their community, they didn’t just talk about it in class.

They decided to do something to address the problem.

Franklin-Simpson 6th grade social studies teacher Cheyenne Brown and one of her sixth-grade classes have collected thousands of items from individuals and businesses including clothing, toys, household appliances, sporting equipment, and jewelry that will be given away at what they’re calling a “free sale” Saturday at the school.

Brown and her students printed over 4,500 flyers promoting the effort, set up drop boxes for items at local businesses, and got the word out through social and traditional media outlets.

“Items have been coming in like crazy from Russellville; Bowling Green; Gallatin, Tennessee; from Allen County—just everywhere imaginable,” Brown told WKU Public Radio.