Bright Futures Van-Far, with the help of some partners, hosted a free BBQ event last Wednesday at Tri-County Park in Vandalia.
Partnering with Bright Futures included OPAA Foods, County Market, “The Vandalia Leader,” and area churches.
Gentle Healthy Smiles sponsored a free swimming party for children following the free BBQ from 7-9 p.m.
A large number of families attended the event, bringing the community together as the Bright Futures program intended.
More about Bright Futures
Currently, there is a Facebook page called “Bright Futures Van-Far.”
Community members who “Like” the page can quickly learn of needs for students and families as posted by local Bright Futures officials.
In its purpose and vision, the program’s goal is to engage the community to then create a learning atmosphere enabling students and teachers to focus on education and achieving success. Through meeting needs, students are more likely to stay in school through graduation, have a higher degree of self-worth and confidence, and work to set/reach goals for their own futures.
This results in students growing up to be better neighbors, quality employees, and impactful leaders in their community.
The community already has so many important groups in place like social clubs, civic groups, area churches, and more. What Bright Futures can do is help to educate those groups on what the needs are so that the community can work together to meet the needs of those throughout the district.
Earlier this year, Bright Futures started a “Lunch Buddies” program. Currently, more than 60 students have a lunch buddy.
Bright Futures USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing communities together to focus on the success of children. This grassroots movement uses the Bright Futures framework to engage businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations, and parent groups within communities to meet the needs of children so every child can be successful, now and in the future. Audrain County was the first county to have all of its schools participating in the program.