Franklin Elementary School is the most diverse school in Keene because it hosts our English as a Second language program.  It is also the poorest school, with over 70% of its students at or near the poverty line.  Many children at Franklin live in chaotic or disadvantaged situations and have little or no encouragement to do well in school. St. James volunteers to show up after school at Franklin School once a week to offer homework help, share an interest or hobby and just be there for kids who are behind their grade level - not because they have any learning disabilities - but because no one is giving them the attention or encouragement they need. 

On Sunday, Sept 17, we welcomed Principal Eric and Teacher Melanie and a number of our volunteers from last year to share meaningful stories of their time with the children last year at Franklin School Sunday.  Eric reported that the program has not only been welcomed by the students, it has helped them have a measurable improvement in their school performance and has cut their truancy rate.  The school is enthusiastic about having us return again this year to continue making a difference in these children's lives.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could help even more children this year?

If you were inspired on Franklin School Sunday to learn more about our Franklin School Ministry or are thinking of volunteering to be one of the caring people who 'shows up' for kids in need, please contact Mary Taylor. We need to develop a contact list of interested people so that when the program starts up again a little later this fall, we know how many volunteers we will have.  Please consider donating a few hours of your time each week to helping St. James make a difference in the life of a child.  

NOTE: Mary needs to hear from you even if you assume we know about you already because you volunteered last year, or you spoke to someone on Franklin School Sunday.  Please just send her a quick email to ask your questions or to get yourself on the list.