Storybus Program Wins National Award

The Franklin Special School District is one of 15 first-place winners in the 21st annual Magna Awards.

The Magna Awards program is sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal and they recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

The FSSD’s summer literacy outreach program, the Storybus Plus, was one of five first-place winners in the “under 5,000 students” division and will be recognized during a special presentation at NSBA’s 75th Annual Conference, to be held March 21 – 23 in Nashville.

storybusThe FSSD Storybus Plus is an innovative free community outreach literacy program with the primary purpose of fostering a love of reading in children who typically do not have access to a library over the summer months. In addition to taking the literacy program to the community, it also provides a complimentary lunch for children ages 4 through the fourth grade.  By teaming up with the FSSD Child Nutrition Department, the teachers and volunteers are able to use the free lunches as an added benefit to the young readers who board the mobile library. This past summer was the most successful of the program’s history, with 858 children who enjoyed the resources and instruction that this outreach literacy program provided.

The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo, honor districts across the country for outstanding programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions.

“In a time when public schools are under attack, we are pleased to showcase schools and their leaders who are dedicated to innovation and excellence,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of NSBA. “The winning programs are proof that public education is leading the way to advance student achievement.”

All of the 2015 winners are highlighted in a special section in the April issue of ASBJ and will be formally recognized on Saturday, March 21, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA’s Annual Conference.