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The Franklin County Education Foundation for Excellence has distributed $5,000 in grant money toward School System educational projects. Foundation Board Members Kim Pendergraff and Dave Van Buskirk are pictured, from left, with grant recipients Emily Ragland, Tiffany Watson, Jacy Lassiter, Terry Hannaway, Chairman of the Foundation Board Jeff Stewart, grant recipients Karen Matthews, Sharon Saylor and Holly Wiggs, and Foundation Treasurer Stacy Edwards.

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Sharing in a $1,000 symbolic check presentation by Southern Tennessee Regional Health System to Franklin County High School are, from left, Education Foundation Chairman Jeff Stewart, STRHS Chief Executive Officer Cliff Wilson, STRHS Chief Nursing Officer Jason Fugleberg, FCHS senior clinical nursing students Kendle Thomasson and Carleigh Stephens, teacher Laura Truslow, Education Foundation Board Member and Chairman of the STRHS Board Dave Van Buskirk, and Education Foundation Board Members Kim Pendergraff and Stacy Edwards.

The Franklin County Education Foundation for Excellence has opened up an opportunity for School System teachers to receive grants to support innovative classroom and school projects.

The foundation agreed to fund $5,000 worth of grants, and 23 kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers submitted applications.

After thoughtful deliberation and much discussion, six grant recipients were recently chosen.

In addition to the grants, Dave Van Buskirk, foundation board member and Southern Tennessee Regional Health System board chairman, reached out to Cliff Wilson, the hospital’s chief executive officer, seeking funding for the grant application submitted by Laura Truslow, Franklin County High School health science teacher.

Due to COVID-19, the clinical internship students are unable to visit the hospital, and it is unclear if they will be able to next semester.

Truslow is discussing different areas of healthcare, including settings, careers and responsibilities.

She said she would like to provide a more hands-on approach for the students by using a simulation intravenous catheter training arm and supplies. The device would allow her to teach students how to start an IV and draw simulations of blood being drawn out of veins, which is an important skill for those in the healthcare field.

The hospital agreed to donate $1,000 to the program to purchase a simulation IV training arm and supplies.

The foundation extends its congratulations to all grant recipients, and the School System says it is an exciting opportunity for students to be able to participate in the innovative educational experiences.

Foundation members said they were so impressed with the applications submitted that they have decided to open up the opportunity again in the spring.