Programs1,000 Book Club
The 1,000 Book Club a reading program that provides, on loan, FREE books for families with children ages 2-kindergarten. The families read together and there are incentives along the way to reaching 1000 books read by the end of kindergarten.
This program's intent is to help HHS students dress smartly for school. 4U2 Wear is a personalized clothing and accessory service for Harrisonville High School students, grades 9 - 12. 4U2 Wear is tailored to the student’s individual tastes, needs and lifestyle. Personal shoppers will be matched anonymously with a student, then select and deliver clothing to school for your student each month. For more information, contact Cheryl Osborne - email@example.com.
Families can sign up to receive back-to-school assistance - school supplies, clothing, shoes, hygiene items, haircuts - at the Bright Futures Back-to-School Fair which is held in August. Families receive applications for the fair prior to the end of the school year. Volunteers are needed prior to the fair to organize and stuff school supply backpacks and prepare Station 42 and volunteers are needed the day of the event as well.
Contact Sandy Bradshaw to help with hair cuts - Zacalene.Bradshaw@commercebank.com; Christie Mangan to volunteer at the event - firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kara Costner to help with school supply sorting/packing - email@example.com. If you’re a family in need, contact Jennifer Beavers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our blue barrels are located throughout the community and the items collected in those barrels changes each month. Barrels are located at Commerce Bank, Country Club Bank, the United Methodist Church, the Cass County Public Library, the district administrative office, Hawthorn Bank, Cornerstone Community Church, the Nazarene Church, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Heartland Baptist Church, Crossroads Assembly, Schroeder Chiropractic, Brick House Coffee Bar & Eatery, Quality Auto Sales & Repair, and all district schools. The collection schedule is as follows:
September - Socks & Underwear
October - Non-perishable food & paper products (for Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry)
November - Holiday Store Items (trinkets, knick knacks, toys, games, candles, mugs, holiday decor, coasters, figurines, etc.)
January - Gift Bags/Wrapping Paper & Classroom Snacks
February - Notes of Encouragement for students as they begin state testing
March - Books (new or gently used)
April - Toothbrushes/Toothpaste (toothbrushes for Cass County Dental Clinic)
May - Deodorant, Shampoo, Soap for back-to-school hygiene kits
June/July/August - School Supplies
**Subject to change based on needs
Blue Light Special
Uniformed first responder to enjoy breakfast or lunch at any of our schools any time. The Blue Light Special program helps us achieve one of our goals - bringing positive adult role models into our children’s lives. By interacting with you, our children see that there are many people in our community who care for them and want them to succeed beyond their parents and teachers. Breakfast runs from 7:10-9 a.m. and lunch runs from 10:20-1:10 p.m. any day, you can come and enjoy a meal with our children! We do ask that you be in uniform, but no RSVP is necessary. Once you arrive at the school, please check into the school’s main office and they will direct you to the cafeteria. Questions? Please contact Bright Futures Co-coordinator Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224 or email@example.com.
Each spring Bright Futures hosts a book drive to collect new or gently used books for all ages. Staff members in the district then select students who could benefit from receiving these books for the summer month. Volunteers sort and organize the books and then each school hosts a "book fair" and invites the selected students. Each student takes home 3-4 books to read for the summer.
Building Site Councils
We are always looking for volunteers who would like to serve on one of our building site councils. These councils meet once a month for approximately one hour. The council are made up of community members and school staff and work to address the needs of the school as a whole. For more info on joining a site council, contact Jill Filer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Food 4 Thought Backpack Program
The Food 4 Thought Backpack Program provides two days of child-friendly food for students over the weekend during the school year. The food is purchased in bulk based on donations from individuals, churches, organizations, businesses, etc. Each Wednesday, a group of 6-10 volunteers packs the backpacks for distribution. To schedule a group to help with backpacking, contact Paige Welhoff at 380-2727, ext. 1221 or email@example.com.
Families in need can sign up for "adoption" for the holidays. Families provide Bright Futures with their children's clothing sizes and wish list. Bright Futures seeks individuals, families, groups, churches, etc to adopt the families and provide gifts. Care is taken to ensure social services agencies in the area do not duplicate efforts. Sign up for adopting a family begins in October. For more information, call Jennifer Beavers at 380-2727, ext. 2822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hygiene Supply Areas
Bright Futures provides free hygiene supplies for students who need them - shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. The supply cabinet is located in the nurse’s office at each school and students can visit the nurse at any time to get supplies. The elementary schools also have Star Stations where students who need to get ready in the morning can do just that (brush teeth, comb hair, etc).
The Holiday Store offers children the opportunity to "shop" for holiday gifts for their family. Students in the Food 4 Thought backpack program receive tickets to shop at the store. All students can shop and items are priced low. The store inventory is donated by community members who give knick knacks, coffee mugs, carnival prizes, jewelry, etc. Holiday Store donations are accepted during the month of November. The 2019 Holiday Store will be on December 7.
Just4Me Summer Food Program
The Just4Me summer food program provides children in need with food over the summer months. During the school year, these students can participate in our Food 4 Thought backpack program which provides a weekend’s worth of food each Friday during the school year. However, once school ends, the backpack program also ends. The Just4Me program provides three monthly food deliveries and is funded entirely through community donations. Individuals, civic organizations, churches, and business donate money. Two community volunteers coordinate the entire program from fundraising, to purchasing the food, to managing volunteers to pack the food boxes and make the deliveries. Each month during the summer, 7-10 volunteers spend 3-4 hours packing the boxes for the children. Then, on the last Saturday of the month 10-12 volunteers load the boxes into their trucks and SUVs and deliver the food to the families. For more information, visit the Harrisonville Just4Me Facebook page.
Katie Rios Instrument Closet
Instruments donated to the Katie Rios Instrument Closet ensure all students who want to participate in band have that opportunity. The closet was established in memory of Katie Rios. Donations may be dropped of at Harrisonville Middle School, 601 S. Highland Drive or the District Administrative Office, 503 S. Lexington.
McEowen Lunch Buddy Program
McEowen Elementary's Lunch Buddy program provides a positive adult role model to students in 4th & 5th grade. On the first & third Thursday of each month, Lunch Buddies will spend 45 minutes with their student eating lunch, playing games, and talking. Applications are available at McEowen Elementary School or at the link below. Lunch Buddies will be asked to submit to a background check. They will also participate in a one-two hour training session prior to their first meeting. For more information, contact Taylor Chandler - email@example.com
Bright Futures offers high school students help with getting attire for Prom if they want to attend. We take girls to one of two KC area prom events to select dresses and boys’ needs are met through our Facebook network. Interested students should contact their counselor or Cheryl Osborne at HHS.
Each school in the district has a snack pantry. The snacks are given to students who might have missed breakfast or just need a little something to get them through the day. Snack donations can include granola bars, cheese/peanut butter & crackers, cereal bars, fruit snacks, etc. Donations can be dropped off at any school.
Station 42 is a clothing resource area for our families. It is located off of Eastwood Road, south of Memorial Stadium. It is open to families by appointment - call 380-2727, ext. 2822. Donations are accepted as needed. We are always in need of volunteers (individuals or groups) to help sort, launder and shelve donations. To volunteer, contact Jennifer Beavers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive
Each year, during the month of July, Bright Futures, along with Community Bank of Harrisonville and Walmart, host the Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. The supplies collected are distributed during the Back-to-School Fair. Donations can be dropped off at Walmart or any blue barrel location during the drive.
Work 4 What You Want
This program was established to help high school students who cannot afford some of the expenses associated with activity participation. We are seeking businesses/organizations who would be willing to have a student "work" and then donate $10/hour directly to the activity the student is involved in to cover his/her expenses. For example, a student who owes $50 for activity expenses could work five hours helping a local business/organization and get his/her debt taken care of. The work could include cleaning, filing, etc. If you would be willing to be on our list of business/organization participants in this program, please email Denise Davidson - email@example.com. Families in need of assistance through this program should contact their student’s coach/sponsor.
Youth Sports Equipment Closet
Bright Futures collects new and gently used youth sports equipment to ensure that children who want to participate in youth sports have that opportunity. A blue barrel at the Harrisonville Community Center is the collection site for these donations. The donations are then sorted and distributed to the local youth sports organizations.For more information on any of these programs -
(816) 380-2727, ext. 1224