News & Events

Academic All-Stars Honored

On Nov. 4, 5 and 7, Joplin Schools and Bright Futures were proud to honor our Academic All-Stars. Overall, 1,511 students were honored for achieving a “proficient” or “advanced” in one of three categories on the MAP, or Missouri Assessment Program, test. The students were all tested in math, communication arts, and science. The MAP test is regarded as the 2nd most rigorous state test in the nation.

In addition, one student each night was awarded a $500 scholarship from Bright Futures, which they can use for higher education or the military and one student each night was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Missouri Southern State University.  This event would not have been possible without the incredible support from our sponsors, which totaled over $11,000! Our financial sponsors included Mercy, Freeman, Leggett & Platt, Empire District, Crossland Construction, Joplin Globe, Cardinal Scale, Missouri American Water, Joplin Chamber of Commerce, and US Bank. Other sponsors who donated other essential items included Roller City, Carousel Park, Carl Richards Bowling Center, Vintage Stock and Missouri Southern State University. Bright Futures is sincerely grateful of the generous support!

Way to go All-Stars! We’re so proud of you!

Bright Futures in the News

Coverage of Bright Futures from The Joplin Globe, KOAM and other sources:

Bright Futures – Kimble Anders Celebrity Golf Classic

Fun was had by all this year at the 2013 Bright Futures – Kimble Anders Celebrity Golf Classic.  34 teams enjoyed the day out a Eagle Creek Golf course and were able to play and mingle with 12 former Kansas City Chiefs and Royals players including: Kimble Anders, Reshard Langford, Tom Burgmeier, Gary Stills, Brian McRae, Anthony Davis, Steve Crawford, Shawn Sedlacek, Allen Williams, Dan Saleaumua, Art Still, and Will Shields.  Winning teams for the day, who walked away with prizes to enhance their golf game, were All Seasons Landscaping and Wells Fargo.   The morning players enjoyed complimentary breakfast from Panera Bread while both morning and afternoon teams had lunch from Qdoba Mexican Grill as well as tea from McAllister’s Deli.

A huge thank you to our amazingly supportive title sponsors who helped make the day great including: Roper Kia, Freeman Health Systems, and Southwest Missouri Bank.  Downstream Casino, the celebrity sponsor, hosted the players for the weekend and made them feel right at home.  Major sponsors for the tournament included: Slumberland Furniture, Mid-Missouri Bank, Universal Construction, Allgeier Martin & Associates , Joplin Building Material, Mercy, and Wells Fargo.  The tournament was successful thanks to the support of all of these generous businesses. We could not have done it without you!

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Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

This year’s volunteer appreciation breakfast was filled with the beautiful voices of sound dimension, gracious award winners, delicious food, and lots of thank you’s.  Student emcees from the Irving elementary Bright Futures council provided the crowd with laughter and gratitude by thanking Dr. Huff for “not telling anyone they were missing school.”  This years award winners were Barry Sanborn for volunteer of the year and St. Paul’s United Methodists church for partner of the year.  Thank you to all of our volunteers, past and present, for all of the good you are doing for our kiddo’s in Joplin schools!






Bright Futures council event was a success!

On January 11th, Bright Futures held a council event at the MSSU Ballroom to thank, honor, share, and collaborate with members of all of the Bright Futures Councils.  Those in attendance were able to hear ideas not only from other council members in the Joplin community, but also from members of Bright Futures affiliate communities in Webb City, Carl Junction, Neosho and Harrisonville.  Stories of success and ideas for improvement were talked about in-depth.

The star of the event was Carrie Caruthers, who shared her powerful story of growing up in a family with poverty and abuse.  She told her story from the eyes of child who, thanks to some caring community members, was helped and ultimately rescued from a heartbreaking situation.  Her story impacted every attendee and portrayed a message of hope to those serving on our councils.  These council members are the same types of people that helped Carrie overcome circumstances that were out of her control.  Carrie is now a successful business woman who is helping implement Bright Futures in Harrisonville, Missouri.

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Video About West Central Elementary, Please Watch!

Below is a video made about Bright Futures and West Central Elementary. Be sure to watch it, and don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook.

Own a piece of history and help rebuild Joplin Schools

You can now purchase custom-imprinted Joplin High School bricks for $50 each. All proceeds raised from the brick campaign will benefit Operation Rising Eagle, the rebuilding fund for Joplin Schools. Americorp volunteers hand-cleaned and painted each brick. The bricks were then sealed and volunteers applied the image by hand before it was permanently set. Click here for more information and to purchase your brick.

Tornado Recovery – How You Can Help

Below is a video about Bright Futures and how you can help. Be sure to share it with your friends.