1,000 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.
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 the Cats Basement (see below) and volunteers are needed the day of the event as well.
Our blue barrels are located throughout the community and the items collected in those barrels changes based on needs. Some items that are always accepted include school supplies, socks & underwear, mittens & gloves, and hygiene items. Barrels are located at Commerce Bank, Country Club Bank, the United Methodist Church, the Cass County Public Library, the district administrative office, Cornerstone Community Church, the Nazarene Church, Community Bank of Harrisonville, Heartland Baptist Church, Crossroads Assembly, Our Savior Lutheran Church, and all district schools.
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.
The Cats Basement is a clothing resource area for our families. It is located at 402 Eastwood Road. It is open to families by appointment - call 380-2727, ext. 2822. Donations are accepted on an on-going basis. We are always in need of volunteers (individuals or groups) to help sort, launder and shelve donations.
Early Childhood Center - Game Buddies
Volunteers of any age are asked to be Game Buddies for ECC students. Game Buddies will be matched with a student or two to play games. Volunteers are welcome any school day between 9:15-3:15 at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, 500 Polar Lane. No RSVP necessary. Questions? Contact Karen Roberts, 380-4421, ext. 2821.
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 Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrisonville Elementary School Study Buddies
Volunteers of any age are asked to be Study Buddies for HES students. Study Buddies will work with a study on already-prepared activities including reading, spelling words, sight words, and basic math facts. Volunteers are welcome any school day between 9:15-3:15 at Harrisonville Elementary School, 101 Meghan Drive. No RSVP necessary. Questions? Contact Jauna Weber, 380-4131, ext. 3222.
Harrisonville High School H.E.R.O.E.S. (Helping Enrich Relationships and Overall Excellence of Students)
Harrisonville High School’s H.E.R.O.E.S mentoring program provides a positive adult role model to students in 9th through 12th grade. Every Tuesday and Thursday that school is in session, H.E.R.O.E.S are invited to spend 60 minutes with the students while they eat lunch, work on homework, and/or simply have some free time during their Wildcat hour. H.E.R.O.E.S. are asked to attend an hour training session before their first time attending a Wildcat hour. H.E.R.O.E.S are only asked to give an hour of their Tuesday or Thursday. For more information, contact Cheryl Osborne at 380-3253, ext. 6222 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
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.
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.
Make-A-Cake for Kids
This program provides a personalized birthday cake for children who might not otherwise have a cake on their birthdays . Volunteers bake and deliver the cakes throughout the year. For more information, join the Facebook Group.
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 and cover the $18 fee for the check. They will also participate in a one-two hour training session prior to their first meeting. For more information, contact Jill Filer - email@example.com
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.
Star Stations - ECC, HES & McEowen
The Star Stations are areas at ECC, HES and McEowen where students who need some additional time and resources to get ready for the day can go. The students have hygiene items available and some clothing items if needed. These areas are in need of socks, underwear, sweatpants, combs, brushes and hair accessories.
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.
Classroom, building, and event volunteers are needed throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities including serving dinner at evening events so that teachers and staff can interact with families; helping with Science Days, holiday events, and Grandparents Days (filling in as an "adopted" grandparent); reading with students; and much more. To volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Cathe Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Volunteer Spot website - http://vols.pt/BCCda2
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 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