Monday, March 30, 2015

What is Bright Futures?

Bright Futures is a Bentonville Public Schools initiative that streamlines school, community, and business resources to meet the needs of our students often within 24 hours. When students have their needs met, it becomes easier for them to be successful in school both academically and socially.

Bright Futures provides an umbrella of support for students.  All referrals filter through our school counselors.  We work to streamline new and existing resources to meet student needs. 

Here are a few examples of Bright Futures at work:
School supplies are provided to a student by a school counselor
PTO Gives Back purchases clothing for a needy student
Snack packs are given to students who may come from food deprived homes on Friday so they will not experience hunger over the weekend
A social worker works with a homeless family to secure housing
Local business donates a mattress for child sleeping on the floor
A vendor provides products to fill a need through our Facebook page
A barber donates a free haircut to a student who cannot afford one
Volunteers commit to being mentors for students who need positive role models in their life
A group of retired ladies knit stocking caps for children and donate them to a school
A parent donates an additional$5 to cover another child’s field trip cost
A monetary donation is made to the Bentonville Schools Foundation for Bright Futures to use for student needs when donations cannot be found

We are all part of the Bright Futures Team.

We live in Bentonville.  Is this program really needed?  Yes.  Typically a school district’s poverty rate is measured by their free and reduced lunch program.  Currently, the district’s free and reduced lunch rate is at 28%.  That equals4,288 students living in poverty. 

Click here to watch a video created by student of Bentonville Schools:

Is this another Hand-Out Program?  No.  Our mission is to meet student needs.  When the support needed reaches the extensive level, our social workers engage with families to help provide resources while teaching the family skills to become independent. 

How can I help?  Like us on Facebook—Unfilled needs run through our Facebook posts.

Host a Bright Futures Drive—Essential Needs, Canned Goods, Snack Items. 
Invite Bright Futures to present our program at your workplace, civic organization, or faith-based group. 

Donate to Bentonville Public Schools Foundation and tag funds for Bright Futures

Contact Amanda Musick at 479.696.9573 or emailamusick@bentonvillek12.orgfor more information.