Published in Southwest Michigan's Second Wave
December 19, 2013
|Brenda Hunt (in red) and BC Foundation members in Franklin Project (Photo by Erik Holladay, eholladay.com)|
Zinta Aistars has the story of how a blighted city lot became a place where children can play soccer, where they can stay busy rather than get into trouble. It's called the Franklin Project and it's about workers in the surrounding neighborhood who decided to make a difference.
Post Foods in Battle Creek, passed the vacant lot every day on his way to work on Cliff Street. Filled with trash, overgrown with weeds, a magnet for crime, it was enough to make him want to turn his eyes in the other direction. But he didn’t. He looked. He looked long and hard. And he wasn’t the only one.
Franklin Elementary School, with a small, cramped playground that allowed for barely enough room for the children to stretch their legs on recess.
Post Foundation of Battle Creek, or PFBC, and PFBC is under the umbrella of the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF), with Brenda Hunt, president and CEO, at its head.