Building Community through Service Learning


Our last Franklin School of Innovation student build day was Thursday, February 9, 2017. We would like to thank everyone who has attended a build day, donated, and/or helped with our Habitat for Humanity fundraisers. We’ve passed the halfway mark, but we still have a long way to go to meet our goal of $13,750. To help reach this goal, our four 11th grade crews are competing in a fundraising challenge with the task of raising $1,000 each by the end of February.

We welcome all support!

There are three easy ways to donate to our campaign:

  1. To donate online, click on this link to our Go Fund Me Page! This is the easiest way to donate, but it is not tax-deductible!


  1. For a tax-deductible receipt, click on this link to the Habitat for Humanity page. In the “Area of Support” section, select “Shiloh: Let’s Build” and in the special comments sections, please write “FSI Youthbuild”.  Without this in the comment section, your donation will not be credited to our school!

    3. You can send your donation directly to Franklin School of Innovation by mail.  Make     sure on the memo line to write H4H Student Build.

Thank you for helping us Create a New American Dream through service learning.




Dear Franklin Families:

Our 11th Grade Expedition is well underway:  “Creating a New American Dream.” Students are exploring current and historical issues of social justice and poverty, including urban renewal, gentrification and practices of redlining, equity in opportunity, and the current affordable housing crisis in Asheville.  They are taking action, in collaboration with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, to raise funds for and build a home with our partner family.  By the end of this expedition, our students will have raised $13,750 dollars and built a home in the Shiloh Community.  

Expeditions are integral to Franklin’s Mission: preparing the next generation of leaders, capable of solving problems and participating effectively and ethically as local and global citizens.  We are all excited to be on an expedition designed to both figuratively and literally build community through service learning.

Last Thursday, it was my honor to work alongside six Franklin students at the build site, collaborating in high quality work with great purpose.  Not only are we building a home together in this service learning, we are building our own community of compassionate, capable leaders.  This was the last build day for Franklin in 2016, but we invite members of our community to spend a day volunteering with us on one of the Franklin School of Innovation Build Days in 2017.  

Please consider joining us for a rewarding day of being Franklin Crew!  You can sign up for one of the build days directly on the spreadsheet.  

*Please notice that we have one Saturday build day!  When you sign up, please email me:

We have just six more build days!!!  Sign up soon!

Thank you,


PS Here are some photos of our Franklin Students on Expedition:



Max Chapman says Thank You!



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