Grant Funds Classroom Visits that Bring Local History to Life
Each year, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County funds a grant that supports the Heritage Classroom program with Franklin on Foot in public, private and home schools across the county. Over the course of 35 years, the program has introduced thousands of students to Franklin’s rich historical legacy. Classroom sessions last from 30 to 60 minutes, and cover topics including the Battle of Franklin; Andrew Jackson’s Chickasaw Treaty; an examination of pre-1900 objects and their purposes; a giant board game that explores the trials and tribulations of people traveling the Natchez Trace 200 years ago, and a downtown walking tour.
“I am always searching for hands-on, stimulating activities for students,” says local educator Lorrie Graves. “Margie’s ability to share a wealth of knowledge in age-appropriate and interesting lessons always results in students learning and wanting her to visit again. This program is a true Franklin treasure!”
Scheduling programs is as simple as a phone call, and dates and times are at the convenience of the teacher. All in-classroom programs are free; the walking tour is $2 per student. For more information, visit www.franklinonfoot.com, or call Margie Thessin at (615) 400-3808.