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“Bright Futures” kicks off at Van-Far

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

Martin Keller, manager of Handishop; Tom Groves, Western District Commisioner; Dana Keller, Executive Director of Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Steve Hobbs, Presiding Commisioner; and Carolyn Crumb at the Breakfast of Champions.

Martin Keller, manager of Handishop; Tom Groves, Western District Commisioner; Dana Keller, Executive Director of Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Steve Hobbs, Presiding Commisioner; and Carolyn Crumb at the Breakfast of Champions.

A “Breakfast of Champions” event to discuss the “Bright Futures” program was held last Thursday at Van-Far Elementary School.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter gave a brief overview on the history of the program and its origination in Joplin, Mo.
He also noted that the program is currently being used in Mexico and Community R-VI. Audrain County is the first county in the country to have all of its school districts be a part of the program.
“We’re so thrilled that we are going to start taking some steps that will help kids in little ways and help kids in major ways but you know the ultimate goal is we want to meet their needs within 24 hours of whatever they might be going through to help those kids become better adults.”
Nurse Kathy Allen thanked those in attendance and how they have helped with kids in the past. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Dana Keller made a presentation on how Mexico started with the program.
Martin Keller shared some personal stories to go along with the presentation.
“You can look at kids and think you might know something,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter said. “But kids have things happening in their lives that we just don’t know about. And kids have needs that we just don’t know about. And kids need help that we don’t know about. But when we do find those things out with Bright Futures, we want to help them.”