During the Feb. 11 Franklin County School Board meeting, Superintendent Mark Church said field trips cut due to a budget shortfall, were back on.

Area businesses, including the Crooked Road Running Club, PER Inc.,Procon Inc., James River Equipment and Homestead Creamery, stepped up to help fund the field trips.

While the county’s supervisors said they weren’t in a position to help close the gap in the school budget, Church and the school board moved ahead with cutting field trips and tutoring. As he noted during the January Board of Supervisors meeting, “It is very upsetting to our teachers and our parents any time we have to cut services.”

Some local businesses demonstrated school spirit by pitching in to help ensure the field trips remain a go. Well-done, to these amazing businesses.

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