Bright Futures Harrisonville celebrates first year

September 6, 2013 

Bright Futures Harrisonville celebrated its one-year anniversary and announced plans for year two during a breakfast event Aug. 21 at the Community Center. Nearly 100 people attended the event.

During the 2013-14 school year, Bright Futures plans to begin its mentoring program. Each building in the district has identified mentoring as a need for students. The goals of the mentoring program are to increase the support available to students, promote positive social attitudes and relationships, promote positive self-esteem and belief in self, increase students’ level of academic achievement, and increase students’ attendance percentage.

Mentoring will be a one-to-one match with a student with the idea that the mentor and student will be together throughout the students’ schooling. Mentoring can take many shapes including lunch buddy or reading, math or academic support. The emphasis will be on building a consistent relationship with a positive adult role model.

Mentors will be asked to complete an application, consent to a background check ($18), participate in training, and then devote 45-60 minutes per week to their student. For more information, contact Jennifer Beavers at 380-2727, ext. 2822 or Jennifer.beavers@harrisonvilleschools.org .

In addition to the announcement of the mentoring program, Bright Futures celebrated their successes during the 2012-13 school year. Some of the first-year statistics shared included 198 students benefited from the Food 4 Thought Backpack program; 150 students had the opportunity to get school supplies, clothing, shoes, hygiene kits, and immunizations at the Back-to-School Fair; 526 individual student needs were met; over 200 children received books to take home for the summer; 99 students benefited from the Just 4 Me summer food program; and 99 children received gifts through the Adopt-a-Family holiday program.

At the breakfast, Bright Futures presented its first Advocate of the Year award to Nicole Norris. Norris coordinated the School Picture Day Haircut project, serves on the Harrisonville McEowen building council for Bright Futures, volunteered with the Cats Basement, and provided a connection with her employer to donate to Bright Futures.

Representatives from Bright Futures USA attended the event to congratulate Harrisonville on a great first year. In addition, they announced that Harrisonville Bright Futures Co-Chair Carrie Caruthers has been appointed to the Bright Futures USA Board of Directors.

Speakers at the breakfast event included McEowen Elementary teacher Missy Eddleman, Harrisonville Middle School Principal Chris Grantham, Shera Sims, and Jeff Spangler of Bright Futures USA.

For more information on Bright Futures, visit the Facebook page, the website at www.harrisonvilleschools.org/brightfutures, email questions to brightfutures@harrisonvilleschools.org or call 816-380-2727, ext. 1224.

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