Community Partners Support Bright Futures for All LR Kids

 

The Little Rock School District, in partnership with the City of Little Rock and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, launched a new initiative Thursday, January 12, 2017, with a goal of ensuring "Bright Futures" for all Little Rock students.  The effort, of the same name, works within the Little Rock School District to connect student needs with existing community resources.

 The Bright Futures model brings together businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations, municipalities, non-profits and parent groups and partners them with schools in a way that helps them to quickly and efficiently meet students’ basic needs – often within 24 hours. This enables students and teachers to focus on education and achieving success.   

Nearly 200 attendees gathered at St. Mark Baptist Church to learn more about the initiative, hearing poignant stories from a school counselor and School Resource Officers who often see the needs of the students they serve. 

 Bright Futures Little Rock works to create an environment where education is valued and responsibility for student success is shared. Bright Futures operates under the belief that when a community invests its time, talent, and treasure into its schools, students are more likely to stay in school through graduation, have a higher degree of self-worth and confidence, and set and reach goals for the future. In turn, these students grow up to be better neighbors, quality employees, and leaders who impact their communities.

A special thanks to the financial partners who provided the seed money to kick off BFLR:

Arvest Bank
Bank of America
Bank of the Ozarks
Centennial Bank
First Security
Gadberry Financial Group
Simmons Bank

The BFLR webpage is still under developmentbut will be updated regularly; to visit click here.  To become a part of the BFLR network on Facebook, click here.