The Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration

Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

CNN stated, "Tens of thousands of traumatized evacuees, many with nothing but the clothes on their backs, face uncertain futures in Harvey's aftermath. Aid groups are working tirelessly to provide shelter, emergency services, and hope." Knowing this, Franklin County High School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School/Gereau will be partnering to support the Victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

How can you help?

We invite the community to help us! 

Donations of much needed supplies will be collected at Franklin County High School. Items needed include: Bottled water, canned food, diapers, batteries, bath towels, baby food, toiletries, wipes, paper products, cleaning supplies and much more. 

Monetary donations will be accepted at Benjamin Franklin Middle School/Gereau. Please make checks to BFMS or Gereau and on the For line "Harvey Donation."

Items and money will be collected at FCHS, BFMS, and Gereau through 9/22. Mr. Crutchfield and Dr. Cobbs will drive the supplies to Texas at the end of the month. Monetary donations will purchase the rental truck, gas, and the rest will be split between American Red Cross and one of the high schools that needs a new roof. 

Students are invited to participate in "Hat Day" September 8, 15, and 22 and donate 1$ to wear a hat on these Fridays. These events are sponsored by the SGA at both FCHS and BFMS.

National Child Passenger Safety Week

September 17-23

National Child Passenger Safety Week


Franklin County Public Schools, in conjunction with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the FRESH Coalition, and Carilion, will hold a Parent Forum in the Auditorium at Franklin County High School on September 28th at 7 pm. This forum will help parents be better informed about issues that face their children and our community.

The Parent Forum will address such topics as, “What your children may be hiding from you on their cell phone,” “The dangers of social media,” “The rise of heroin and methamphetamines usage in our community,” “Misperceptions of alcohol and marijuana recreational use risks,” and “What contraband items could be hidden in plain sight.” Resources will be shared with parents and they will be given an opportunity to address their questions to an expert panel.

We know that these issues are important to our parents and our community. We look forward to seeing you at the Parent Forum and having you join the conversation.


Looking more like a corporate headquarters than a school, The Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration is nestled in Franklin County, twenty miles south of Roanoke, Virginia, and just south of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. The school building’s corporate look and feel are part of an intentional design to expose students to a work environment.

The Gereau Center offers Franklin County’s student population experience with new, information-based technologies that are represented among the regional industry base. The Gereau Center’s uniqueness is derived from the way district leaders were able to envision changes in the skills necessary for the emerging workforce and bring together several components at once: curriculum development, state-of-the-art hardware and software, parent and industry involvement, and a building designed to support the infusion of technology into learning.