Bright Futures Lincoln County is expanding their horizons a little less than a year after becoming established in the Lincoln County R-III School District.
Elsberry R-II is officially ready to begin serving with the R-III District as a Bright Futures Lincoln County Community. The R-III District decided on the Bright Futures Lincoln County name with the intent to incorporate all of the Lincoln County school districts to serve all children.
Bright Futures USA provides a framework that enables schools to engage businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations and parent groups to rally together to meet the needs of their children. This framework partners organizations with schools in a way that helps them to quickly and efficiently meet students’ basic needs, often within 24 hours.
Community Relations Specialist April Bryant believes Elsberry R-II is key in fulfilling the mission of Bright Futures Lincoln County. “Our district has a 19 percent transient population. We are sharing our students with our neighboring districts. It only made sense to start the organization to address the entire community and student population,” Bryant said.
Clarence Cannon Elementary School Principal Toni Wankel said her district is ready to begin helping fill student needs through Bright Futures Lincoln County. Elsberry R-II already has parent leaders and district officials in place to grow the program in their community.
“When our district learned about the opportunity available through Bright Futures to help reach the needs of our students, we were more than anxious to get started. Two of our parents, Melissa Jones and Karen Kinsler, have been instrumental in getting the appropriate resources in place for us to meet our students’ basic needs.”
The Bright Futures initiative began in Joplin in 2010 and expanded throughout the region as a means of helping schools and communities connect to meet student needs.
Bright Futures Lincoln County became the 17th affiliate on October 22, 2013. Bright Futures USA has a reach of over 90,000 students throughout Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Virginia. Elsberry R-II serves approximately 900 students in an elementary school, a middle school and a high school.