|It's a Wrap!
We made it! What a year this has been. So many surprises, shifts, new staff, and the beauty of it all coming together together to finish our largest school year yet.
As we wrapped up our final presentations last week, we totaled our numbers and got a grand total topping just under 14,000 students. This is literally THREE times the amount of students we have ever seen in a year. Our program has grown, and the momentum is taking us to new horizons.
We were still receiving requests in May and had to ask them to wait until next school year. The word is getting out about the power of our program. As one middle school health teacher put it, "my students look forward to Pure coming into my classroom every year. I think it's in part because they realize that this is important information and that the instructors care about them enough to make sure they're informed to make choices for their future. The lessons are engaging and make this relevant information fun to learn about."
In our staff meeting this month, we began by sharing what each of us love about our mission to equip young people to choose healthy relationships. It was extremely evident that the individuals around that table have the heart and passion to carry out the vision of Pure by reaching as many students as possible and sharing truth and hope for their very best future. This year we added a retired school teacher as our scheduler and another educator as our curriculum designer. In addition, we added a new program of abuse prevention for elementary age students and have fulfilled many new requests for our sexual risk avoidance program for middle and high school students.
While our programming focuses on the dangers of risky behavior in one's sexual decisions, it truly is much more. At the core of each of our programs is understanding one's value and worth. If our needs are being met in healthy ways, one is less likely to engage in any unhealthy behavior, whether that be drugs, alcohol, or any other dangerous behaviors. As another high school health teacher told us, "Pure Initiative teaches many life skills that students can use in all aspects of life and relationships."
Our programs are all encompassing in guiding students to make healthy decisions that will allow them to set and achieve goals for their lives.
This summer we have several large tasks at hand. We are putting new systems in place, writing more curriculum, and recruiting more volunteers to prepare for the new school year to accommodate for this new growth we have experienced. We would love for you to join us in our mission. If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, or help us connect with individuals you know in the counties we serve, please share this newsletter and give me their contact information and I will connect with them.
As always, we are grateful for your prayers, your partnerships and your referrals. We wouldn't be where we are today without each of you.
Director, Pure Education
Pure In the Community
Self-Esteem Makeover Bootcamp
Pure Education was asked to be a part of Hope Southern Indiana's Impact 100 Project Self-Esteem Makeover Bootcamp. The first Bootcamp was held on Saturday, April 27 at Country Lake Lodge in Henryville, IN with 50 young ladies participating in Hope's first of four bootcamps to be held. Shari McCutcheon, along with volunteers Sue Cozzin, Ronye Mears and Kari Carter delivered a presentation on our "Whole-Person" and our value. Our goal was to help these young ladies see that each of us is unique and special. We can't compare ourselves to others and we all have worth and need to celebrate our differences, and value one another.
Our volunteers illustrated our uniqueness by donning outfits created by Jenny Wasson, friend of Pure, depicting each part of our whole person: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Will/Attitude and our Core Being of our deeply held value and beliefs.
Shari got participation from the girls in the demonstration "Truth or Lies" to allow the girls to better understand their value and be true to who they are, rather than allow our culture or the media to sway them, or pressure them to think differently about themselves.
Harrison County Connect2Pure@lunch
Thursday, June 27
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Community Foundation of Harrison County
We will be hosting a luncheon in the boardroom of the Community Foundation of Harrison County to share the mission and vision of Pure, as well as the expansion of our program in Harrison County. If you know someone in this area, please invite them to come and learn more about our programs. To RSVP, reply to this Enews, or contact Sandy Sorrells at 502-693-3480 or Development@connect2pure.com
Help Us Grow
New Communities - Who do you Know?
This summer we will be holding several Connect2Pure gatherings in several counties as we begin to build some of our current, and new communities. Counties requesting first time programming, or additional programming include:
Scott County - Austin
Washington County - Salem Middle
Floyd County - New Albany High School
Clark County - Clarksville Elementary
Harrison County - South Harrison
Carroll County - Carroll Co. High School
Please be thinking of who you know in any of these areas who would love to learn more about Pure and how they can become involved. You can send their name and contact information to Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will invite them to the gathering in their community.
99 Compliments for Kids
Did you know that there are roughly 99 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day? On paper that feels like such a long time... How does it feel to you? Are you dreading the long summer days with the added responsibility of finding different activities for your children, or are you looking forward to the freedom that’s found in what might fill your calendar’s white space? Find ways to connect with your child and help build their worth this summer.
When I realized there are 99 days in the space between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I knew that 99 Compliments for Kids was one thing I was going to add to the top of my summer bucket list. It may not be the adventurous item I was dreaming about, but I think it will fill my kids' confidence and hearts up in a way that some experiences can’t. So, I’m committing to complimenting my kids all summer long. Wanna join me?
Click here for the list.
Parent Alert! Is TikTok Safe for Kids?
By Stacey Dittman, M.A. - Tech Solutions
This article is full of great information about social media, the dangers, and how to talk to your kids to protect them.
Click here for full article.
Thank you to the new enrollees for Community Rewards! If you have not yet signed up, please take a few moments to enroll in Kroger Community Rewards and all your grocery shopping will benefit Pure and impact students in your community. Every little bit helps.
Log onto: www.Kroger.com/communityrewards, and sign up choosing Pure Education Initiative. If you need help signing up, call Sandy Sorrells at 502-693-3480 and she will step you through the process. The more participants we have, the greater rewards for Pure.