Church of the Nazarene
Congratulations Bright Futures January Partner of the Month, Church of the Nazarene! This church partner has supported the Bright Futures effort in their local community of Harrisonville, MO by adopting one of the elementary schools. They provide snacks for the nurse to give children in need of extra food. They also provide volunteers for many school events. The church provides mentors for the school’s Lunch Buddy program where twice each month, mentors eat lunch with a child identified as being in need of a positive adult role model. This is an opportunity for them to spend time playing games and talking. The church volunteers share how much the program means to them, as they see the student's eyes lighting up when they arrive to eat lunch with them. The school and teachers describe how much better the student's behavior gets around these mentor meeting times. One of the greatest ways the Nazarene Church helps Bright Futures Harrisonville is through the Middle School After School Program. A staff member from the church offered to provide leadership for this program, supported by church volunteers. This program gives students a safe place to learn, play games, give back to their community, and receive support from community members on a weekly basis. Lastly, for the past two years, the church has used sidewalk chalk art to welcome children and teachers back to school by writing encouraging words and pictures at the entrance to three of the district’s schools. Dozens of church members would meet at three of the local schools on Sunday evenings to write positive messages. They repeat this activity during MAP testing weeks to challenge and encourage students to do their very best and to let them know the community is cheering them on as they go through these weeks of testing. The Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene has done an incredible job in using their time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of their community - Thank you!