Our Initiatives

Bright Futures invests its time and energy into a number of initiatives that we believe will help us achieve our mission. With some of our initiatives, we offer a direct delivery of service, but in most of them we work as connecting agents to help bring our community together around needs or issues. Here are a few of the things we are working on right now:

Meeting Immediate Student Needs- When a teacher or staff member identifies that a student has a need, they can reach out to Bright Futures Dunklin to help meet that need. We have a Donation Center called the Blackcat Closet that houses clothing, shoes, school supplies, and other donated items to help respond quickly so that the child can get back to work as soon as possible. Our Blackcat Futures Fund helps support these needs. 

Brendan's Friday Backpack- Brendan's Backpack is a program that provides weekend backpacks filled with food and snack items for kids who have been identified as food insecure.  

BRAG- The Dunklin R-5 School District is proud to partner with area churches and other civic organizations to form BRAG, or Blackcats Reaching Academic Goals.The program provides volunteer tutors to help students who might be struggling academically.The goal is to provide tutoring to students in 1st - 5th grade each afternoon Monday - Friday. 

Summer Food Program- The summer food program helps bridge the gap between summer school and the start of the regular school year by providing free lunch to children ages 2-18. Lunch is served at two site locations and is operated by Dunklin R-5 volunteers. 

Shoes & Hope/Beautiful Feet- Bright Futures Dunklin has partnered with Shoes & Hope and Beautiful Feet of Zion Lutheran Hillsboro in a give one get one program. Shoes & Hope collects shoes off all kinds, sizes, and types for developing communities. Bright Futures Dunklin is a drop-off donation site for old, unwanted shoes. Shoes can be dropped off at any Dunklin R-5 school building in one of the green bins with the Shoes & Hope label. In return, Beautiful Feet helps provide new shoes to students in need.