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October 2019
The Gratitude is Amazing!

Dear friends,

When I first began with Pure nearly eight years ago, with a sixth-grade boy, I thought to myself "there's no way these kids want to hear about all this." Boy, was I wrong! Studies show that students want to know this information, but are usually afraid to ask. I've spoken with so many adults who said their parents never talked with them about this topic. We are finding this still to be true as students tell us in their post-surveys that their parents have never told them these things, and for some, that these topics were "off limits" in their home.

We know it can be uncomfortable talking with our children about healthy sexuality, but we want to help parents open the door of communication with their students, provide resources for parents, and help the students realize these conversations should be ongoing and comfortable in their homes. "We know parents are the best educators of their children and we want to help these parents," says Shari McCutcheon at every public speaking opportunity. We are, by no means, trying to replace the parent/child conversations, we are trying to enhance and get the engagement started.

As I mentioned, I thought students wouldn't want to hear, probably because I wasn't comfortable in opening the door. However, the more I've learned, read articles on the importance of talking opening with your child, my paradigm has shifted drastically. Thankfully, I began talking and talking and talking! I didn't schedule times to talk, I just shared as opportunities arose. I didn't look at it as a "one and done" talk. It has to be ongoing dialogue. I used news stories, other students stories and anything else that appeared to be an open door to a conversation just to stay connected to my son. Thankfully, he was listening, even when it appeared that he might not have been.

The number of students who thank us for coming to the classrooms is astonishing. We hear comments over and over such as this one:

"This program showed me even more about what could happen. It was very meaningful that people volunteer to do this because they want me to make healthy decisions."

Several of the students share comments thanking us because they have been worried about their friends and classmates who aren't making healthy decisions and want the best for them. It's so encouraging to us and our volunteers to read these comments and know that we are making a difference in this younger generation. Their gratitude is amazing and so appreciated!

If you have children or grandchildren, remember they may act like they aren't interested or don't care about these topics, but keep on talking and find ways to connect to share the message that they have value and worth. Encourage them to stay focused on their futures and engage in healthy relationships so they can have the very best for themselves. I have such a passion now to encourage parents in this area.

We invite you to share our newsletter with other parents who might be in the heart of parenting teens to encourage them along the way. If you have this passion as well and would like to walk alongside us in this journey to reach our youth and help them live their very best life, please contact Shari McCutcheon.
Be blessed,

Sandy Sorrells
Development Director, Pure Education

Pure In the Community

Pure invited to Rotary Clubs

We met lots of great people at the Jeffersonville Rotary Club this month when asked to be a guest speaker and share more about our programs. Thank you for your interest!

The Rotary Club of Clarksville was one of very first public speaking engagements when Pure began in 2012. They asked us to return and tell more about our journey and how we've grown. Thank you for your continued support!

Connect2Pure Events

We took our Connect2Pure to Madison and held an evening meeting at the Salvation Army. It was a great turnout sharing our growth in that area and enlisting the support of that community.

We concluded our local luncheons for this year this month with one of our largest groups in attendance. We won't be holding lunches in November and December due to the holidays. What a great way to close out this year and so excited about all our new volunteer instructors.

Help Us Grow 

New Communities - Who do you Know?

We are wanting to hold more 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 and we will invite them to the gathering in their community.

Parent Resources

4 Things Moms Need to Stop Saying

Sometimes our best intentions aren't the best ways to handle situations with our families. Here's a good reminder on how to handle disappointments and rough days. Hope this helps!

Click here for full article.

Should You Give Your Kid a Phone?

We agonize over when to give our kids their first phone, but what kind of cell phone to give them is becoming just as big of a question. Retailers are swooping in with phones directed at this new “first phone” market, like Relay, Gabb Wireless, and ClearPhone. But will these phones really keep kids safe from the dangers of smartphones?

Click her for full article.

Why Parents Really Need to Put Down Their Phones

I am guilty. I raised my son in a smartphone world and I was looking at my phone when I was with him more than I'd like to admit, but blogs like these are great reminders to help us all to make our children and grandchildren our focus when they are with us. Check out the article on this topic from Psychology Today.

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:, 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 Gratitude is Amazing!
  • Pure in the Community
  • Who do you know?
  • Parent Resources
  • Save the Dates
  • Pure In Schools
  • Opportunities to Partner
  • By the Numbers
  • Online Giving

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Saturday, December 14

Pure has been chosen to be the beneficiary 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.


October 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


Floyd Central HS - Health Classes
New Albany HS - Health Classes
Charlestown HS - 12th grade

Upcoming Instructor Trainings

If you'd like to attend one of these trainings, contact Shari at 502-523-0535 or email to reserve your space. 

High School 1
Friday, Nov. 1 from 9-12 p.m.
Pure Community Room

6th Grade (MS1)
Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9-12 p.m.
Pure Community Room
Student Comments
"It shows us boundaries and where to draw the line. It was very useful, the instructor was AMAZING. She cared about all of us and she listened to all of us."

"It meant that I need to respect my body and have a right to stand up for myself. I learned that I can say no when other people want to be sexually active around me."

"It helped me understand the dangers of sexual activity before marriage."

"It helped me plan before something happens."

"I feel it's important to teach a younger generation so they won't make the choices to have sexual intercourse at such a young age. I hope that some of the kids who participated in the Pure program have learned to wait until they are old enough (after marriage is best) to decide their sexual activities."

"This program will help me for my future to help me make good decisions and how to say you aren't ready for something, as well as setting good boundaries. The program meant a lot and it's definitely going to help tons of people in the future."


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 - 10/24/19 

Funds Raised:  $36,009

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

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