On behalf of the Moline-Coal Valley School District, I would like to thank our community who reached out to help our Franklin staff and most importantly, students. Where do I begin?

From a fire that significantly damaged Franklin Elementary to classes starting again five school days later, it truly took a community effort. What an amazing place we live in. So many stepped up to help the Moline-Coal Valley School District get our students back into a learning environment. Thank you to everyone who offered, space, supplies, expertise, as well as emotional support to staff, students, and parents. Our district staff have shown what it means to be a Moliner.

Teachers across the district have offered supplies and curriculum to their fellow teachers. Maintenance staff have been there to ensure all the rooms are supplied with desks, chairs and tables, and the building is ready for the students. Librarians have shared resources and PTA’s have given gift cards. The community at large has given so many supplies and financial donations. I’m sure I’m missing others, but know that we are grateful.

A special thank you to Mr. Lemon, who graciously allowed us to rent his building until we can return to Franklin and to WIU for all its support. Finally, a big thank you to the Fire Departments who responded to the alarm at the building. We appreciate all you have done.

Kate Schaefer



Editor's note: Schaefer is president of Moline-Coal Valley School Board.