Bright Futures USA now counts Oswego, Kan., as the organization’s 19th affiliate community.
The affiliation was formally approved earlier this month by the Oswego Board of Education, on a recommendation from Superintendent Mark LaTurner.
“We are excited to welcome Oswego to the Bright Futures family, and we can’t wait to see the exciting and innovative ways they will implement Bright Futures in the Oswego area,” said Bryan Vowels, chairman of the Bright Futures USA board of directors, in a statement.
The organization now has affiliates in Liberal and Oswego in Kansas; Aurora, Carl Junction, Carthage, Cassville, East Newton, Grandview, Harrisonville, Hazelwood, Holden, Joplin, Lincoln County, McDonald County, Neosho, Seneca and Webb City in Missouri; Frederick County, Va.; and Pea Ridge, Ark.
More than 90,000 students across those communities are served by Bright Futures programming. According to the organization’s website, it met 20,000 individual student needs and 545 classroom needs last year, connecting 800 community volunteers with schools.
The initiative began in 2010 in Joplin as a way to help schools and communities connect to meet students’ needs. It has continued to grow over the years, putting on a regional conference for the first time this year and planning for a Bright Futures Triple Crown series of running races next year.
CONTACT INFORMATION and websites for each Bright Futures affiliate, including the Joplin affiliate, can be found at brightfuturesusa.org.