VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – After the consolidation of schools in Vigo County, Benjamin Franklin Elementary and the Hamilton Center are working together to make sure students have the necessary tools to be successful.
This upcoming school year will bring uncharted waters for many students who will now be attending Benjamin Franklin. Not only will the school be welcoming new students but new teachers as well.
“We are gaining over 140 kids this year with Deming (Elementary) closing which is a great problem to have but with that being said we need more supplies not only for the students but for the teachers,” Morgan Loudermilk, counselor at Benjamin Franklin Elementary. “We’re getting seven new teachers and that means seven new teachers that we have to supply.”
To make sure students are well prepared with supplies, the Hamilton Center stepped in to fill that void. For the center, they want to make sure nothing slows down the learning process for children.
“We all know that sometimes it’s kind of a lot of factors that hinder the school teachers from just being a teacher,” Tatu Brown, executive director of human services at the Hamilton Center. “Whatever we can do as far as being part of the mentoring program and assisting the teachers in that capacity.”
Benjamin Franklin has also been focusing on how they can make sure their new students have a smooth transition.
“Definitely a lot of changes happening within the building. We’re kind of looking at our lunch schedule, after school duty schedule,” Loudermilk said. “We have no empty classrooms now. I’m excited to see the new kiddos and I know it’s going to be hard for them transitioning to a new school but I’m excited.”
School supplies and apparel will be given to all students on their first day as an added way to help them excited for the school year.