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March 22, 2011

Neosho School District adopts Bright Futures

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho School District has become the second area district to implement Bright Futures, a program the Joplin School District created to focus on the needs of its children.

“The need (for Bright Futures) is just like it is in Joplin,” Superintendent Richard Page said.

“We know that we have some of the same issues” in getting students to graduate and become productive members of the community, he said. “It’s more than just graduation; it’s a social effort to improve the lifestyle of our kids.”

The Board of Education approved the motion at its meeting Tuesday night.

The initiative was created last April by the Joplin School District and started in full force this school year in part to help bolster graduation rates.

It seeks to create or expand partnerships with local businesses, relief agencies and faith-based organizations to help meet students’ needs. It often relies on rapid-response methods, including Facebook, to call on the community and meet a student’s needs immediately.

The Neosho district already has in place an initiative called Destination: Graduation, which is an internal program that encourages good attendance, behavior and grades among students to motivate them to graduate.

Bright Futures, Page said, will draw from both internal and external resources, though with the same goal: improving graduation rates.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Joplin Globe or register for our E-Edition at joplinglobe.com.

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