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November 2019
Season of Thanks!

Dear friends,

I am truly blessed to work with such quality and caring volunteers. It amazes me daily that I have met each one of them and I get this opportunity to lead a group of people with such a passion and willingness to go above and beyond. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt these individuals have been called to this place, and for that I am thankful. 

Their passion and commitment to young people is outstanding and helping to ensure a better future filled with love and hope, as well as helping to fulfill dreams. Regardless of their "why" they chose to say yes to this opportunity, they are making a difference in the lives of young people.

Since we began in 2012, this message of hope has been imparted to more than 38,000 students using all volunteers. That speaks volumes! I was once told you will never find enough volunteers and will most likely have to pay instructors. To date, every need has been filled and I have seen the power of the volunteer. The heart is there and that's worth more than I could ever ask for. It's my hope to always enlist volunteers to keep the passion alive and the connection with students authentic.

I want to share some quotes from our classroom teachers. I believe you will understand more clearly just why I am feeling so thankful today. 

"They knocked it out of the park. VERY WELL DONE!"

"This was a very powerful program."

"Loved it!"

"I cannot say enough about how she kept the kids moving and thinking and involved. She was wonderful in every way."

"I think this is a valuable program."

"She does a magnificent job meeting the emotional needs of my students."

"She is a fantastic instructor. She was ready to answer any questions the students had."

During this season of thanks, I want to personally thank every volunteer who has joined us along this journey. Whether they actually go into a classroom, prepare the classroom materials, work in our office or any other "behind the scenes" activity to make these programs happen, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are valued and you are making a difference!
Be blessed,

Shari McCutcheon
Director, Pure Education

Pure in the Community

We have been honored to be chosen to work with Hope Southern Indiana and their Impact 100 project of Esteem Makeover Bootcamp for the second time this year. Volunteer Ronye Mears, along with helpers Sue Cozzin and Cathy Summers did a fabulous job presenting our program to the girls. 

Ronye shares with the girls "Truth or Lies" we believe about ourselves and how to realign our thinking if we aren't believing the truth.

Holiday Wish List

Presentation Clickers


Student Packet Sponsors

Gift Cards to Office Depot & Staples

Classroom Instructors and Helpers

New Monthly Financial Partners


Parent Resources

5 Steps to Get Your Teen to Listen

She wouldn’t listen because I was focused on fixing the problem when I should have focused on helping her calm down and inviting her into a discussion. If you want to work on how to talk so your teens will listen, here are 5 steps.

Click here for full article.

4 Fun Ways to Spend One-on-One Time with Your Kids

With busy schedules and the demands of family life, it can be challenging to spend quality time with each child in my family. I don’t get to spend nearly enough one-on-one time with each of my three kids. However, over the years I’ve picked up a few ideas to easily incorporate special time with each child.

Click her for full article.

How Technology is Impacting Our Sleep

Three ways our gadgets are keeping us and are children awake and not getting enough quality sleep. Hope these tips can help you and your children.

Click here for full article.
Partnering Opportunities

Be a part of something GREAT by becoming a Monthly Partner:

Online gifts may be made at:

Checks may be mailed to Pure, P.O. Box 2083, Clarksville, IN 47129-2083

By the numbers:

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Goals

Raising $183,000
Reaching 14,000+ students
Adding 120 New Monthly Partners

To date: 
7/1/19 - 11/25/19 

Funds Raised:  $39,063

Contact Sandy at or 502-693-3480
to set up your partnership today.

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Giving Every Day!

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Be sure to choose Pure Education Initiative as your favorite charity so Amazon can donate .05% of your purchases to help carry out our vision.


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:, 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.


In This Issue

  • Season of Thanks!
  • Holiday Wish List
  • Parent Resources
  • Opportunities to Partner
  • By the Numbers
  • Online Giving
  • Save the Dates
  • Pure In Schools
  • Student Comments

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year GivingTuesday is December 3. Our goal is adding 50 new monthly partners of $20 or more a month on this day.

Website & Facebook

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Saturday, December 14

Pure has been chosen to receive benefits of The Rotary Club of Clarksville's Annual Holiday Auction. Please come join us on this day and support the Rotary Club and Pure.

300 Spring Street
Jeffersonville, IN

Lunch at 11:30 (doors open at 11:00)
$25 per person
For more info & reservations contact:
Enjoy a fantastic lunch catered by Huber's and browse and bid on a variety of auction items.


Our monthly lunches will start back up in January. Please plan to join us in 2020 to learn more about our mission and our vision for 2020. 

The luncheons have been a tremendous way for our guests to learn more about our programs and find out how they can become engaged. We are thankful for all of our guests and for those who are inviting guests. Please mark your calendars and continue to invite friends.

Wednesday, January 22

Wednesday, February 26

All luncheons are held in the Pure Community Room, 1858 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville, IN
12:30 p.m to 1:30  p.m.
RSVP to Sandy 502-693-3480 or

Sandy Sorrells and Shari McCutcheon present an overview of programs and how you can help. You and your guests have lunch and we promise to get you in and out in an hour!


Pure 20/20 Vision Banquet

Oct. 20, 2020

The Columbian (formerly K of C Hall)
809 E. Main Street, New Albany

We are hosting our first ever Banquet and would love for you to "save the date" and begin making a list of who you would like to invite to learn more about who we are and what we do. 

Pure In Schools
2019-20 School Year
SOLUTIONS 3rd - 5th Grades
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Wilson Elementary

SOLUTIONS 3rd - 5th Grades
Riverside Elementary
Parkwood Elementary
Jonathan Jennings Elementary
Northhaven Elementary
Bridgepoint Elementary
Maple Elementary
Springhill Elementary

Lanesville Elementary - 5th grade

Charlestown Middle School - 7th Grade
Juvenile Detention Center

SOLUTIONS 3rd - 5th Grades
Utica Elementary

Highland Hills MS - 7th grade
Southwestern MS - 6th grade
Juvenile Detention Center

Embracing Change
Lanesville Elementary - 5th grade

Juvenile Detention Center
New Washington HS - 9-12 grades
Southwestern HS - Health Classes
Charlestown HS - 10th grade
Switzerland County HS
Jeffersonville HS
Switzerland County MS


Floyd Central HS - Health Classes
New Albany HS - Health Classes
Charlestown HS - 12th grade
Trimble County HS
River Valley MS - 7th grade

Student Comments
"It was a great learning experience and can help me in my future."

"This program meant that I have to set boundaries if I have a partner, but it also meant I have to tell them my boundaries and if they don't respect them, I could always tell a trusted adult."

"It explained a lot of stuff more clearly for me to understand."

"It helped me make better plans for my future."

"Taught me about healthy relationships; learned others will treat me how I allow them to."

"The real life stories show how things could end up."

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