The Spartanburg County Foundation Commits $75,000 to The Franklin School

In recognition of 75 years of impact, The Spartanburg County Foundation presented a $75,000 grant to the Northside Development Group Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at The Franklin School, 100 Franklin Street, Spartanburg.  The Franklin School is being built as part of the Northside Initiative and will serve approximately 200 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.  The grant from The Spartanburg County Foundation is being presented to fund the school garden and outdoor classroom.

“The 75 years currently being celebrated by the Foundation is full of exceptional commitments to the education of our citizens,” said Bill Barnet, CEO and Board Chair of Northside Development Group. “This visionary gift is yet another example of such focused support.  The Northside welcomes this investment in our cornerstone project, The Franklin School, and the important people it supports— our youngest learners.”

The Northside Initiative has been described as the most ambitious redevelopment in Spartanburg’s history.  The Franklin School, a unique community partnership, will provide the opportunity to demonstrate how high quality early learning experiences can strengthen brain development and provide children with a solid foundation for future success.  The school, set to open at the end of 2018, will be a full-day, full-year learning facility with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning environments.

“We are pleased to present a grant of $75,000 to promote the wellbeing of children who will attend The Franklin School and the greater Northside community,” states Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.  “As we reflect on the past 75 years, we see the tremendous progress that has been made throughout Spartanburg County.  This grant is an investment in our future that will benefit the next generation of Spartanburg residents.”