Bright Futures receives grant

February 22, 2013 

Bright Futures Harrisonville recently received a grant in the amount of $500 from the York Children’s Foundation. The monies are earmarked for use in the Harrisonville Early Childhood Center’s Star Station.

The ECC Bright Futures Council saw the need for and created a “Be A Star” station for children who need to get ready for school. The students each have a box of hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, etc.) and can visit the station each morning to “freshen up.” The station also has clothing items if a child needs a clean shirt or pants. The grant will help build the Star Station’s inventory of clothing items and supplies, as well as offer the opportunity to expand the station.

An ECC teacher who works with the children at the Star Station shared this story. “One of the students was very excited to have a box with his own toothbrush, toothpaste and comb inside, along with his own wet wipes. We put his name on the box and showed him his cubbie spot. He comes in every morning and grabs his box. He brings it to me so he can brush his teeth (with the timer of course.) After he puts those items back, out comes the comb....and he goes to the mirror to make sure it looks just right. He pulls out a wet wipe and begins to clean his face, hands, and arms. He is very proud of his box and I think it makes him feel better to be clean and ready for school.”

Additional donors to the Star Station include Great Clips, A World of Smiles, the Ministerial Alliance and Cass Regional Medical Center.

The York Children’s Foundation began Jan. 1, 1992 as a joint project of The York Group of Houston, Texas and the York Distributors Association. York manufactures caskets. Funeral Directors across the country nominate organizations who spend at least 50 percent of their time and resources helping children in their communities.

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation, recipient of donation for Bright Futures Harrisonville, was nominated for the York Children’s Grant by Atkinson Funeral Home of Harrisonville. Artco Casket Company, Inc. of Lenexa, Kansas is the York Distributor who co-sponsored this nomination.

Bright Futures Harrisonville is a community-wide initiative developed to ensure all students have the opportunity to be successful. The initiative brings together several areas of the community – business, parents, faith-based, social/human services, and the schools – with the hope that children’s needs can be met with resources from within the community. Bright Futures focuses, not only physical needs, but emotional and social needs as well, and seeks resources that include “time, talent and treasure.”

For more information on Bright Futures, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrightFuturesHarrisonville, the website – www.harrisonvilleschools.org/brightfutures, or email questions to brightfutures@harrisonvilleschools.org

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