News & Events
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Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who made it possible!
Sponsors for the Joplin Race were:
- Title Sponsor: Freeman Health Systems
- Refreshment Sponsors: Panera Bread, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart & SMB
Bright Futures Joplin is excited to be teaming up with Bright Futures USA on the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown Race Series. Saturday, July 26th we’ll be hosting a 5K & 15K event together at the MSSU Cross Country Course. We’re excited to be partnering together for BF Joplin’s first race ever, and we’re hoping for a great turnout. Click here to join us or call the office at (417) 625-5200, ext. 2229!
Two Jefferson Elementary students are going home this summer with $250 Subway gift cards. They were two of several students who participated in the “Fresh Start Challenge” March 3rd through April 12th. This six week program helps students adopt healthy habits by tracking their intake of good foods and fitness activity. Principal Jarrett Cook says this was a good challenge for students.
“This was something they could actually track. You know, talking about it is one thing, but actually being conscious of what you’re eating and tracking that on a daily basis really makes it come to reality,” said Jarrett Cook, Jefferson Elementary Principal.Jefferson Elementary also gets a $1,000 fitness grant. The funds can be used to purchase physical activity equipment for the school. Way to go, Eagles! Check it out here!
Some adorable West Central Elementary kiddos, along with their principal Mr. Ingle, smile for the camera after a special event honoring them for their achievements in the area of Reading. In order to encourage reading among the West Central kids, local Kiwanis members teamed up with our friends at the Joplin Home Depot store to build hand-made bookshelves to award to each of these awesome kids with their very own book shelf and a case of age appropriate books. How cool is that!? Joplin – thanks for loving our kids! We couldn’t do this without you!
Check it out and click here!
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the Stapleton Elementary S.O.A.R. (Serving Others As Role Models) Team came up with the idea to help a school in Moore, OK called Plaza Towers Elementary. They took a day to think about what they wanted to do for them and with the help of leaders, Wes Brownfield and Amanda Sharp, they came up with the idea to have a book drive. They collected books for several months, but then wanted to do something more.
They soon found out that what Plaza Towers needed was money. So two students from their group went home and made pigs out of milk cartons. This inspired them to name the fundraiser Feed The Pig. The members of the S.O.A.R. Team made videos talking about how when they themselves had their devastating tornado and Moore helped them so now they wanted to pay it forward. At their school, they collected loose change and dollar bills. They also told their Bright Futures Partners about their fundraisers and they all were eager to help.
In February, they were able to go to the news station and be on television. They were on two shows where four kids from their group were interviewed about Feed The Pig. They were also featured in the newspaper. They raised about 1,500 dollars, but wanted to donate 2,500 dollars. Not only did they want to donate money, but they wanted something personal that they could give to the students so kids also made pictures or wrote letters to give to the children of Moore.
On April 4th they went to Moore, Oklahoma to personally give the school the money and books they collected. They also interacted with some of the kids and even toured their new school. The students were very excited to have the amazing opportunity to actually be able to go down and talk to everyone and give them what they had been working on for so long. They were very glad that they chose to help Moore and couldn’t wait to give back to them. We are so very proud of you, Eagles! Click here to watch their story on the Today Show!
Students at Royal Heights Elementary School debated on an issue that was on the upcoming Joplin ballot. 5th graders debated on recycling. The 5th graders each took a side concerning the issue. One team was for recycling and discussed the pros, while the others were against it and spoke on the cons. “We had lots of fun activities that involved recycling. And those activities got kids to like recycling, and they were not only for the kids and got them interested, but it was also informational as well,” said Benjamin Wardlow, 5th Grade Debater.
The debate is part of a year-long service learning project and students chose recycling as their challenge for the year. Royal Heights Elementary School has been learning about opinion writing and the 5th graders decided to turn their opinion writing into a debate. “It gives kids a chance to try something new and get a point. And even if they don’t win, they should still be proud of themselves because they did work really hard to get there,” said Royal Heights 5th Grade Student. The debaters each took a side of the recycling issue.
“It saves trees, and it doesn’t pollute the air as much with landfills and all the smell because we have landfills, and too much trash,” said Lacey Radcliff, Debater for Recycling. “I was always just looking at the good part of recycling. But then, I had never realized how bad it is. And we do save, I think that it is more harmful than good,” said 5th Grade Student. They also discussed the measure for curbside recycling, which was on the upcoming Joplin ballot. At the end of the debate, students voted if the City of Joplin should start the program. 74% answered yes, while 26% voted no. The students are giving the money they raised recycling to an organization in Joplin to help reduce hunger. Click here to watch their story!
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!
Coverage of Bright Futures from The Joplin Globe, KOAM and other sources:
- K-LOVE 90.7 FM reporter Kerrie Kleppin talks with Melissa Winston of and Steve Patterson of Bright Futures
- Bright Futures Partners with Little Blue Bookshelf Project
- Bright Futures Joplin teams up with Bright Futures USA for 3rd Leg of the Triple Crown Race Series
- Jefferson Elementary students win the Subway Fitness Challenge
- Stapleton Elementary School goes to Moore, OK
- Royal Heights Elementary School Recycling Debate
- Bright Futures kicks off ‘Stock the Closet’ drive
- Joplin takes aim at childhood literacy
- Joplin School District cites gain in graduation rate
- Coming Together for Our Kids
- Bright Futures receives grant from Mercy clinic
- Joplin Memorial run distributes donations
- Students tour MSSU for Operation College Bound
- Joplin Provides Model on Public-Private School Cooperation
- Dr. Huff, 1 of 4 finalists for Superintendent of the year
- Bright Futures initiative still making strides
- Together for Tomorrow School Improvement challenge winners
- Brighter futures
- Joplin School District works to spread Bright Futures
- Bright Futures program more successful than expected
- Bright Futures Broadens
- It’s easy to believe in Bright Futures
- Carl Junction to join Joplin’s Bright Futures
- Sunday forum The Globes Top 10 of 2010
- Bright Futures is a life changing experience
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!
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!