June 21, 2019 Contact: Karen Kim Senior Director of Marketing & Communications Office: (972) 335-9522 | Cell: (972) 900-9651 email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Collaboration, cooperation, partnerships, and teamwork were all in place as Leadership Frisco Class XXII’s class project came to fruition this year. Members of the 2018-19 class agreed collectively early on that there was a strong desire to create a project surrounding children’s education, and ultimately the class chose to create over twenty Little Free Libraries, to inspire the love of reading within the community. The vision of Leadership Frisco Class XXII is that the Little Free Libraries will be gathering points to foster book exchanges for the youth of Frisco. Each year, Leadership Frisco class members work together on a class project that benefits and serves Frisco. Many of the past Leadership Frisco class projects are still in place today, including programs such as WaterWise, Teen Court, Mindbender Academy, Watch D.O.G.S, and the Ready to Read Railroad at the Frisco Public Library. A complete list of Leadership Frisco class projects can be found at LeadershipFrisco.com. “The class project is a critical part of leadership development and the Leadership Frisco program,” said Tony Felker, President and CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. “To work together as a group, from ideation to execution, requires effective teamwork, communication, problem-solving and project management skills. The class project also provides the opportunity for each class member to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses when working as a part of a team.” Because partnerships are a significant part of Frisco’s culture, it was important to Class XXII to engage the community. First, area businesses and individuals were contacted to sponsor the Little Free Libraries, providing both locations and funding. Home Depot assisted with materials that then allowed Frisco ISD construction students at Centennial, Frisco, and Reedy High Schools and the CTE Center to begin construction on over twenty Little Free Libraries. Southern Shingles also helped out with roofing needs. Half Price Books generously donated 35 boxes of books to initially fill the libraries with books for all ages. Even the Frisco Public Library was utilized to engrave the placards placed on each Little Free Library. The class itself put in numerous working hours staining posts, stamping books, and delivering the libraries to various locations. A special thanks to Frisco Fence and Stain who jumped in and will soon be digging holes and installing Little Free Libraries all over Frisco! Existing charters are listed on LittleFreeLibrary.org. A complete list of locations and sponsors can be found at LeadershipFrisco.com.
***About the Frisco Chamber of Commerce The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is a 4-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce that consists of approximately 1,300 member businesses who provide goods and services to the growing, bustling economy in Frisco and the surrounding area. The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is the Voice of Business for Frisco and North Texas. The mission of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is to protect and promote commerce, thru advocacy, resources, and connections. For more information, visit www.FriscoChamber.com.