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. Garver, LLC presented Class XXII with a grant, 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!
On the graphic below, existing charters are listed (see LittleFreeLibrary.org) as well as the newest Class XXII Little Free Libraries. Little Free Libraries can be found at:
Class XXII LFL Locations
Auto Splash Car Care Center | 7740 Preston Road | Sponsored by Nick and Carole Morgan
Boys & Girls Club | 8750 McKinney Road #100 | Sponsored by Sean Aucoin and Corley Randolph, LF Class 22
Christie Ranch Pool Pavilion | 2000 Talbot Drive | Sponsored by Lisa, Jim, Connor and Jake Cook
Cobb Hill | 5913 Stanton Place | Sponsored by Jeff and Melanie Smoot
Comerica Center | 2601 Avenue of the Stars | Sponsored by Dallas Stars Foundation
Frisco Commons Park | 8000 McKinney Road | Sponsored by Jenny Dowdy, “Jenny Knows Real Estate”
Frisco Fairways Pool Pavilion | 2867 Las Polamas Drive| | Sponsored by the Troop Family
Frisco Heritage Center | 6499 Page Street | Sponsored by Mark and Tiffany Hill
Frisco Rail Yard | 9040 First Street | Sponsored by Solutions Automotive
Grace Avenue Methodist Church | 3521 Main Street | Sponsored by Texas Republic Bank
Grace Church Frisco | 8440 Grace Street | Sponsored by Grace Church Frisco
Grayhawk Pool Pavilion | 12467 Ducks Landing | Sponsored by the Arastoupour Family
Islamic Center of Frisco | 11137 Frisco Street | Sponsored by Islamic Center of Frisco
Leadership Prep School | 8100 Teel Parkway | Lovingly Donated By Students Kathryn and Audrey Thompson, who love their books!
Medical City Frisco | 5500 Frisco Square Blvd. | Sponsored by Medical City Frisco
North Texas Performing Arts Frisco | 6500 Preston Road #101 | Sponsored by North Texas Performing Arts Frisco
Plantation Estates | 6507 White Oaks Lane | Sponsored by Texas Republic Bank
Plantation Resort Neighborhood Amenity Center | 11800 Charlotte Lane | Sponsored by Centennial Church
PM Pediatrics - McKinney | 8880 State Highway 121 #118 | Sponsored by Christie Hutchinson, QCC Healthcare Consultants
PM Pediatrics - The Colony | 5151 State Highway 121 (not pictured above) | Sponsored by Laurant-Brown Family
Richwoods Neighborhood | 6275 Richwoods Drive | Sponsored by Texas Republic Bank
Sunny Days Christian Preschool | 8100 Stonebrook | Sponsored by Texas Republic Bank
Texas Health Frisco | 12400 Dallas Parkway | Sponsored by Cole, Jen, and Jaxon Chandler
The Commons of Chapel Creek | 7997 Wade Blvd. | Sponsored by the Troop Family
On behalf of Leadership Frisco Class XXII, we look forward to meeting you at one of our Little Free Libraries and can’t wait to hear about your favorite book!
Karen Kim, IOM
Karen Kim currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. She has over 20 years of marketing, management, communication, and graphic design experience in a variety of industries. Karen is an avid reader (ask her what she is currently reading and it will make her day!) and loves to write! Her favorite day of the week? Every day! She is a graduate of Leadership Frisco Class XXII and has recently earned an IOM designation through the US Chamber of Commerce. Karen's Top 5 Strengths: Ideation | Significance | Strategic | Learner | Input.