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What is The Family Resource Center?

The mission of the Monroe County Family Resource Center is to enhance students' abilities to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote early learning and successful transition into school, academic achievement, and well-being.
FRC Children's Fund

The mission of the Monroe County Schools Children's Fund is to provide necessary personal items for economically disadvantaged students in order to improve their self-esteem and confidence and to foster the development of emotionally stable children.

Children's Fund provides some of the following items:
  • School Clothes
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Gym Shoes
  • Hygiene Products
  • School Supplies
  • Medical Appointments/Medicine
  • ....and much more
Students and families in need are referred by school staff and community partners.

Also, students MUST have a genuine need which is directly hindering academic
development or physical health in order to utilize this service.

High Fives and School Supplies

Location:  Madisonville Primary School 
CSH and FRC host this event each year to assist families with back to school items and put them in contact with resources in our county. 
First 500 students present will receive backpack, school supplies, and a shirt. 
Student must be present and attend either Monroe County or Sweetwater City School Systems.
If your business or organization would like to participate in the event by donating items or setting up a booth please contact Sherri Raper, FRC Director at 423-442-7971. 

Technology Access Program (TAP)

Tellico Village Computer Users Club has partnered with the Family Resource Center to provide  computers, printers, and paper to students that do not have a computer in their home. 
If you would like more information about receiving a computer contact Sherri Raper, FRC Director at 423-442-7971 or email [email protected].

Looking Sharp Clothes Closet

Looking Sharp Clothes Closet was established in memory of our friend and co-worker, Gary Sharp. He was Monroe County's Technology Director and cared very much about our staff and students. The first year we received clothes donations for the High Fives and School Supplies event where students picked out clothes for the new school year. Now that we have a building with enough space, we are able to keep the Clothes Closet open all year for families and students. We receive donations of gently used clothing and shoes, in all sizes. The community has been generous in keeping it well stocked. 

Second Harvest Food for Kids Program

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee provides this resource for our students. They deliver to the FRC office where the food is sorted and packed, then distributed to the schools. The school staff is in charge of determining the students that will receive the food bags. Parent permission is received. Weekend food bags are placed in the child's backpack each Friday of the school year. There is a limit to the number of students we are able to serve through this program. 
Food for Kids is designed to provide food for children who are chronically hungry. The program is aimed toward the most vulnerable children, those who may be missing meals on a regular basis. To be sure we reach this target population, it is essential for participating children to only be referred by teachers and other school staff who have been made aware of the program's focus. 
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Sherri Raper
Family Resource Center Director
3459 New Highway 68
Madisonville, TN 37354
Telephone:  (423) 442-7971
Fax: (423) 442-8601


We're so thankful/appreciative of all the support our office received, for the "High Fives and School Supplies" event. With that being said, we've had more participants, than we've had the last 2 years. At this time, our school supply room (for teachers and students) need some items. If you'd like to contribute to donating any of the following items, then we greatly appreciate it :)


-Glue Sticks

-Colored Pencils