Franklin Programs and Services


  • Franklin Elementary PTC & Family Nights are activity nights offered during the school year. They are centered around the curriculum areas of reading and math with technology incorporated as well. Families are treated to theme-related refreshments, and they discover new ways to practice skills and help their students keep learning while at home.
  • A representative group of parents, teachers, and interested community members volunteer a tremendous amount of time and energy to help make Franklin Elementary the best that it can be for our children. This supportive group sponsors a variety of activities to provide extra materials for the classrooms and playground and funded special assemblies.  They also organize and run the Scholastic Book Fair twice a year during parent/teacher conference times.
  • Franklin School conducts Little O SOAR groups to start each day.  During SOAR group time, students meet with their SOAR group leader for approximately 15 minutes in groups of 12-16 students of mixed grade levels. The main purpose of this time is for students to make meaningful connections with a special adult and students across grade levels as well as to work on social skills such as empathy, friendship, caring, manners, and more.  Ask your child about their SOAR group time!
  • Incredible Readers is a school-wide strategy to encourage students to enjoy reading.  Every two weeks, students are chosen from each classroom to showcase a favorite book. Students share why they were chosen by filling out a special book report that gets posted on our "Incredible Readers" bulletin board. Students will receive a book as a prize. .
  • The Little O of the Month award celebrates students from each class who are nominated for showing outstanding safety, respect, and responsibility throughout Franklin Elementary.  These students are announced and honored during our monthly assemblies.
  • Read Naturally is a computer based program led by school staff that helps students to improve their reading fluency and comprehension skills.
  • Franklin's Title-I Program provides supplementary instruction to first and second grade students who are at risk of not meeting district core academic curriculum standards in reading.  Small groups of students meet daily for thirty minutes of targeted instruction in reading strategies to build independent, life-long readers.  Support for parents encouraging their young readers is provided as we work together toward student success in the area of literacy.
  • Franklin’s Literacy Partners represents a short-term intervention program for first grade students working below grade level in reading.  It enables these initially at-risk students to make accelerated progress and to become increasingly competent independent readers during approximately 12 to 20 weeks of daily 30 minute lessons.  The lessons are conducted on a one-to-one basis and are tailored to the needs of each child.
  • Math Lab is a program designed to help children achieve success in math.  Math Lab promotes curriculum goals in a small group setting.  Skills are taught through games and other fun activities.  
  • Special education programs are available for students with special needs.  The Resource Program offers students with greater needs the opportunity to spend part of the day in a classroom setting with fewer students where they receive small group instruction in reading, writing, and math. 
  • Our staff includes two special positions funded through state aid at-risk money to help bridge the gap between home and school, building links to both our school and other community agencies.  Small educational groups study areas such as anger management, divorce, friendship, social skills and self-esteem.

Family Link

Now in its third year of operation, the Ludington Family Link is an interagency partnership designed to help struggling families gain better access to community resources. Modeled after similar programs all across the state, this program has been proven to be highly beneficial to children and families. There are three main components to this resource:

1.  Ludington Schools has a school-based DHS Eligibility Specialist.  Linda Dotson, a DHS employee with a caseload made up entirely of LASD families  works out of her office located in Room 138 at OJ DeJonge Middle School. Families can contact Linda for help applying to DHS for assistance, for information about community resources, or for questions about their case. Linda will be serving only Ludington families.   Any Ludington Area School family can call her with questions, even if she is not your caseworker. In order to visit her at her office, please park on the south end of the high school (off of Anderson St.). There is a sign and a buzzer there. If you ring the buzzer, Linda will let you in.  You can also reach her by emailing or calling  (231) 854-3673. 

2.  An interagency core team meets to collaborate. This core team has representatives from every Ludington school as well as many area agencies to collaborate in helping LASD families with their needs. The purpose of these meetings is to increase our knowledge of services in the area and to better collaborate to make it easier for families to receive needed services.

3. You do not have to be receiving services from DHS to get help from the Ludington Family Link. Individual families who need support accessing services or help can do so by contacting their school counselor or Linda Dotson directly. Families do not have to be receiving any type of assistance from DHS to be eligible for help through the Ludington Family Link.