A Note on Gratitude: Savannah Franklund

December 21, 2021 |
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A Note on Gratitude from our Development Manager, Savannah Franklund:

Growing up in a very tight knit school community throughout my middle and high school years, I was very fortunate to have teachers who became like family to me. After losing my dad my sophomore year of high school, I had a very hard transition back to classes; I felt very isolated and alone and chose to occupy my time during school hours as much as possible. Luckily I had a very close relationship with my 5th grade librarian, Amy Troy. She allowed me to come help in her library during free periods I had in my schedule.

During my many, many hours spent in her library I watched her go beyond the librarian role to teach her students life lessons and bring her own passions to her curriculum. In her role as a K-5 Media Specialist and K-12 Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Amy enjoyed bringing diversity lessons to her students ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade students. These lessons not only corresponded with the book they may have been reading at the time, but also taught students at a young age to be inclusive in and out of the classroom.

“Sharing a book with kids is the best way I know of to start a conversation about things that are tough to talk about, while also helping kids foster the social-emotional skills they will need to be successful in life.”

Just when I was feeling so isolated Amy brought me in, took my mind off things, and taught me life lessons while in her classroom lessons. While Amy taught her passion, we as students took in history, learned to love one another, to include everyone and how to be kind. Teachers are truly such a gift in communities, and Amy is a great example of just that in my life, and many others.

Oftentimes in my work with Rural Schools Collaborative, I am reminded how impactful teachers can be. And, I am so grateful to be able to recall many of the amazing educators who have impacted my life. This year, I gave my donation in honor of Amy Troy and the many lessons she taught me, both in and out of the classroom. I am very thankful to have met Amy as my 5th grade librarian, and to now consider her family.

During this season to be thankful, I encourage you to reach out to a teacher who impacted your life. And, if you feel inspired, to make a donation on their behalf as we continue to support rural educators.

“In my opinion, literature is a great way to open up conversations about difficult topics. Librarians often talk about literature providing "doors and windows" for young people. Kids need to see themselves and their culture reflected in what they read, but books are also an amazing way to experience the world through another person's perspective and broaden one's worldview. Sharing a book with kids is the best way I know of to start a conversation about things that are tough to talk about, while also helping kids foster the social-emotional skills they will need to be successful in life.” -- Amy Troy, previous K-5 Media Specialist & K-12 Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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