BGA students put community service emphasis on Hard Bargain

BGA students put community service emphasis on Hard Bargain
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BGA students pose with Hard Bargain residents during a community service project. // SUBMITTED

Battle Ground Academy has announced that Hard Bargain Association is this year’s Institute of Emphasis for community service.

Throughout the school year, BGA students will volunteer with the association to positively impact the local community.

Hard Bargain Association is a non-profit, grassroots organization that works to preserve the historic African American neighborhood, Hard Bargain, which was founded over 130 years ago in downtown Franklin. BGA was founded in 1889.

“Each year, our students choose an Institution of Emphasis in the Franklin area and we are so proud to partner with the Hard Bargain Association this year,” said Will Kesler, BGA Head

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A student removes fallen leaves near a residence. // SUBMITTED

of School. “A partnership with BGA – Franklin’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution – and Hard Bargain Association – an organization dedicated to revitalizing a historic area of downtown Franklin – makes perfect sense. It is an opportunity for our students to serve the community in which they live and to see the fruits of their service firsthand.”

The mission of HBA is to impact lives and preserve the Hard Bargain neighborhood by rehabbing existing homes, building quality affordable housing and enriching the lives of those in the local community.

“Hard Bargain Association is deeply encouraged to have been selected as BGA’s Institute of Emphasis for the 2017-1018 academic school year. We have a long history of having

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Students clean the yard and trim the hedges at a Hard Bargain residence. // SUBMITTED

BGA students volunteer in the Hard Bargain neighborhood and look forward to continuing to work
together,” said Brant Bousquet, executive director of HBA.

HBA utilizes three programs to support its mission. The Homeownership Program aims to build new homes and sell them to low to moderate-income families below market value. The Rehab Program brings volunteers to the homes of elderly and low-income residents to do repairs and handle upkeep. Also, HBA holds Community Center Programs such as computer classes, cooking classes and a variety of other classes and programs during the year.

For more information about Hard Bargain Association, visit

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