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February 2020

The Power of the Volunteer

Dear friends,

Our volunteers truly are the heartbeat of our organization. Every presentation over the last eight years has been given by volunteers.

Other organizations could not believe we had been able to do this. We had even thought in the early years it may need to be paid staff to make this many presentations. However, we soon learned the power of the volunteer.

It changes everything. First, when students understand someone is giving of their time with nothing in return simply because they care about them, it makes a huge statement. They then see the compassion and caring spirit through our volunteers and many students thank them for giving of their time and caring enough to come speak to them.

This year we have created a new event to honor our wonderful volunteers. Each month we will host a Time to Shine event honoring a different volunteer. This is an opportunity for not only us to honor them, but for them to invite special people in their lives to come learn more about their passion and their work with Pure.
This month was our first Time to Shine event featuring Evelyn Houser. The room was filled with so many family and friends who love and support Evelyn. There were also many other volunteers who respect and love Evelyn as well.

Evelyn is a wealth of knowledge with her medical background and continues to teach us every time we see her. We value her for so many reasons.

Part of this new program is hearing from our honoree just why they chose to volunteer, what they enjoy most, and actually demonstrate one of their favorite object lessons they do with the kids. This is a great way to bring the guests into a live classroom situation so they can see how the students get to interact with our curriculum and use their critical thinking skills to make the healthiest choices.

These events are open to anyone who would like to attend to learn more about our programs and to come out to honor one of our volunteers as we give them their “Time to Shine.”

Next month, we will honor Mary Wallace on Tuesday, March 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. We invite you to join us!

Be blessed,
Shari McCutcheon
Executive Director

Pure in the Community

Rotary Club of Clarksville 

President Julie Gagel presents a check to Sandy Sorrells. We had quite a surprise as the club added an additional $1,000 to the amount collected at the Holiday Auction in December making the grand total $2,540. Thank you, Clarksville Rotary Club!

SOAR Ministry
Healing Hearts Banquet

We had a great time with staff, volunteers, and trustees at SOAR's Healing Hearts banquet. This was our third year to attend and support our community partner SOAR in their great mission.

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. 

Seeking Banquet Sponsors

Gold - $1,000
Silver - $500
Bronze - $250

Contact Sandy Sorrells at if you would like to be a sponsor or if you would like to be a table host. We welcome and appreciate all who want to help make our first banquet a huge success.

Parent Resources

How Referee Moms Master Discipline

The next time you watch a football, soccer, or lacrosse game, pay special attention to the referees. The really good ones keep their cool even when parents yell at them or kids complain about a call. Referees are impartial. Their emotions don’t affect their decisions because the rules are the rules—it’s not personal. The same goes for mom’s rules.

Click here for full article.

Connection: A Vital Part of Raising Happy, Healthy Kids

Parenting has got to be one of the hardest jobs there is. Completely rewarding, yes. But also filled daily with new challenges, growth spurts, and development.

I had a sobering reminder of the weight of parenting a few months ago. I was in a small group with a handful of other women, and a major component of the group’s content had us look at how we were raised, the defining events and relationships from our childhood, and how all of this contributed to who we are today. Most, if not all, of these women shared how they had to seriously work through a hurt they received from their parents or a lie they had picked up in their childhood about their value.

Click here for full article.

Operation Parent

Website for parents with ongoing resources and webinars on trending topics.

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

  • The Power of the Volunteer
  • Pure in the Community
  • 20/20 Vision Banquet
  • Parent Resources
  • Opportunities to Partner
  • Connect2Pure Events
  • Pure In Schools
  • Student Comments
  • Giving Online
  • By the Numbers

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Join us for lunch...

Our 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, March 25
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


Join us for dessert...

Join us for dessert as we spotlight a different volunteer each month and hear how they became involved with Pure and learn more about our programs.

Tuesday, March 24
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

All lunch and Time to Shine events are held in the Pure Community Room 
1858 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville, IN

RSVP to Sandy 502-693-3480 or

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
Charlestown MS - 6th grade

Jeffersonville HS - 11th grade
Clarksville MS - 7th grade
Trimble Col. MS - 7th grade

Charlestown MS - 6th grade
Charlestown MS - 7th grade
River Valley MS - 8th grade

SOLUTIONS K-2nd Grades
All Greater Clark County Elementary Schools

Embracing Change 
Clarksville Middle - 5th grade
Borden Elementary - 5th grade
Henryville Elementary - 5th grade

Corydon Central Jr. High - 8th grade
Parkview Middle - 8th grade
Corydon Center MS - 8th grade
Jeff HS - 9th grade
Trimble Co. - 8th & 9th grades

SOLUTIONS K-2nd Grades
All Greater Clark County Elementary Schools

Charlestown Middle - 8th grade
Charlestown HS - 9th grade
Switzerland Co. - 6th grade

Southwestern HS - 9th grade
Student Comments
"It was helpful from showing self-value to sexual activity/boundaries."

"It was important and helped me realize how important life is."

"This program helped me learn about important things that I might not have learned. I am thankful!"

"This program further expanded my knowledge of sexual health and boundaries. Thanks!"

"It meant a lot because little things could affect my future."

"It showed me how to be responsible."

Teacher Comment

"Thank you for taking the time to come and speak to my 7th graders. They love when you come. I think that's because you make them feel loved and valued and you care about them. They can tell you are genuine and sincere. Thank you to PURE for all you do."

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 - 2/28/2020 

Funds Raised:  $60,522

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

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