Education foundations work more closely with districts to pay for programming

Parents and teachers want to give more Franklin students the chance to participate in a program that builds their creative thinking skills, and they’re looking for donors in the community to make that happen.

The Destination Imagination program is designed to develop creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills by having students compete against other schools. In one of the program’s challenges, for example, students select a piece of artwork from another country and write a skit based on the piece. Parents and teachers can explain to students how to write a script and show them how to build sets, but students must do all of the work preparing for and performing the skit, Franklin Education Connection development director Bea Northcott said.

Franklin Education Connection has raised about $13,000 for Destination Imagination over the past two years, and there is now enough money to expand the program to all of Franklin’s schools next school year. But that’s not enough. Northcott wants to be sure that the program continues beyond next school year, and the group is preparing lists of businesses and residents who might be willing to donate to support the program.

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