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April 2020

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Dear friends,

Wouldn’t you agree that one death of a child by abuse or neglect is one too many? Did you know that between 2012-2016, there were 285 deaths of children at the hand of abuse in the state of Indiana, 13 of those in Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties?

We want to save lives and prevent any further abuse and maltreatment of children. We want to encourage children to understand their value, empower them with a voice, and educate them on how to get help in unsafe situations. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we have been able to forge ahead with our mission in getting our programs to students and families even with the schools being closed.

We are all out of our comfort zone? Many times, when this happens, and while sometimes we may resist, it can ultimately be for the greater good. This is exactly what has happened with us at Pure over the last six weeks. We were beginning to dip our toes a little further into technology with talks on how we can be more efficient in the classrooms reaching the students and simplifying the training process for our volunteers.

Then, we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic with all schools closed. Running an organization of school programming we found ourselves with a new challenge. We had been contemplating E-Learning and E-Training for our volunteers but had not put the plan together yet. We realized very quickly that in order to move forward we needed to laser focus on this new project. I am happy to share that we were able to provide E-learning lessons to Greater Clark Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers. This provided the teachers the opportunity to provide abuse prevention programs to students with parent interaction. Through these lessons, we were able to provide resources for children and parents to reach out to if they are in a domestic or child abuse situation.

In addition, due to the cancellation of all scheduled events, our Connect2Pure lunches and our Time to Shine events had to be cancelled. I am excited to report that with the knowledge we had gained through our E-Learning project we were able to produce our Connect2Pure program electronically. If you have never been able to attend one of our events due to schedule conflicts, we can now bring it to you in the comforts of your own home, as well as, share it with friends and family.

We look forward to getting back to school with the students, but we are thankful that we have been able to continue forging ahead during this time. Just as we teach our young students the value of perseverance, we have practiced it as well during this time. Many times, we resist change or technology due to a variety of reasons but thankful for it and the gentle nudge to jump in sooner than later. If you would like to share new ideas or help us in reaching more people through this present time we are in, I would love to hear your ideas. We always have room on our team for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers!

Be blessed,
Shari McCutcheon
Executive Director
Staff Meeting
Google Hangout Style

The "new normal" way to meet. We have continued to work, plan and brainstorm through our Google Hangout virtual meetings and personalized videos to our volunteers. We are thankful that we have been able to continue working to connect with one another and impact students and families. 

Parent Resources

7 Practical Ways to Handle Teenage Mood Swings

It’s going to happen: Mood Swing Whiplash. All parents of teens experience it at some point. One minute your teen is hugging you and the next, she is stomping off and calling you “offensive.” What is a parent to do when a teenage mood swing catches you off guard, other than stand there with your mouth hanging open?

You either can avoid your teen completely or try one of these 7 practical ideas.

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Mom, Why Won't You Trust Me?

Never will you feel more out of control than when you are raising teenagers. Children blossoming toward adulthood can strike fear into even the most calm and confident parents. I remember when my oldest passed her driver’s test. She now had the power to take herself places and do whatever was in her heart to do. And, like all of us, I wanted to use control to manage my fears.

But she was a trustworthy girl who had proven herself over time. Unless she gave me reason to mistrust her, I had to relinquish control and allow her to grow through her own choices. But what if your child hasn’t proven to be trustworthy? Part of our role as parents is helping teens build trust and develop strong decision-making skills. Here are 5 ways to get started.

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Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services 

There are lots of great resources for our youth and families in Clark County. This is one of the resources we share with our students. For more information on their programs visit their website listed below.

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Possible Signs of Child Abuse

When you think of child abuse, your first thought may be of a child with bruises or other marks that raise red flags. But the signs aren’t always so clear. It can be physical, sexual, or emotional. She may be neglected, meaning her caregivers don’t provide for basic needs, like food or safety.

Click here to read full article

Operation Parent

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

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In This Issue

  • Now Offering Home Delivery
  • Parent Resources
  • Opportunities to Partner
  • Connect2Pure Events
  • Pure In Schools
  • Student Comments
  • Giving Online
  • By the Numbers

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All events have been canceled at this time due to the COVID-19 guidelines. However, we can send you our Virtual Connect2Pure to view in your own home and share with friends. Just like so many other services have moved online, we too would love to connect with you online. Let us know if we can send you a link that you can view and share with friends.

Once we are able to gather together again, we will be posting dates and times and look forward to you joining us live for these events.


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
Bridgepoint Elementary
Northhaven Elementary
Parkwood Elementary
Pleasant Ridge Elementary
Riverside Elementary

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

E-learning - Greater Clark Elementary Schools
Student Comments
Comments from our Elementary Students about our Solutions Abuse Prevention Program

"This program helped me understand what is safe and unsafe."

"This program meant to me that you don't let people touch your private parts."

"It helped me understand boundaries."

"It showed me how I can be safe everywhere."

"I learned that another person should not touch me or anybody else in the wrong place."

"It told us about things that can help us."

"It helped me understand when I am in an unsafe situation."

"It showed us how to get help if we need it."

Partnering Opportunities

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

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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 - 4/28/2020 

Funds Raised:  $72,862

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

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