Bright Futures Helps Students in Need Receive a Catholic Education
Bright Futures Fund is an independent 501(c)3 corporation, with 100 percent of donations going directly to students. Every child is able to attend Catholic school without financial barrier.
All administrative costs are underwritten by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. For over 30 years, Bright Futures has provided need-based assistance for low-income children in the Kansas City, Missouri urban core. This fund fully supports the operating costs for our two Bright Futures Schools, Holy Cross and Our Lady of Hope. It also subsidizes tuition for nearly 100% of their students.
"School should be a place to develop the whole child -- mind, body,
and spirit -- where one grows learning how to live."
-- Pope Francis
The loving and generous support of our donors has allowed Bright Futures to provide over 30,000 scholarships, help over 15,000 families, and invest over 76 million dollars in the future of our faith and our children. The Bright Futures Fund strives to challenge and encourage students in Kansas City to discover their full potential while developing a personal relationship with Christ.
From: We Are Teachers Blog – April 2020
Sadly, the recent COVID-19 Crisis closed all schools early. But all is not lost. Enjoy the humor and fond memories, resulting when the We Are Teachers blog asked, “What’s the one thing you miss about school that you thought you’d NEVER miss?”
We miss our classroom routines and prep.
“Morning duty when I would get a chance to visit with former students and actually I really miss seeing them interact with each other. They would have their inside jokes, stories they shared, and I even miss their roasting each other for fun.” —Meg A. via Facebook
“The routine. Preparing for distance learning and all it entails in special education (services, confidentiality, how to do IEP meetings, etc.) has been so overwhelming!” —Sarah C. via Facebook
“Putting on real/professional clothes.” —Veronica M. via Facebook
“The before school ‘quiet before the storm’ time. 😔” —@morgan_s_goodman via Instagram
Arriving way earlier to class to prepare everything for the day. That meant I had to wake up even earlier, but I miss those quiet moments of preparation before the schools day officially started.
— 1st Grade Teacher (@Willing2inspire) April 2, 2020
Greeting the kids at the door and those first few minutes of class.
— missjtothek … staysixfeetaway (@MissJtotheK) April 2, 2020
The sound of the bell ringing. It meant I had a schedule!
— Kerry Graham (@mskerrygraham) April 2, 2020
The wandering student popping in during prep time ❤️
— Mrs. DuBois (@FCS_MrsDuBois) April 2, 2020
We miss all the teachable moments with our students
“What I miss that I didn’t think I’d miss is that constant struggle to keep them focused, keep them on task. I think what is so hard about this is when things are uncertain or upsetting, kids really need that reliable structure they get in the classroom, and that is the very thing that is gone now.” —Donna M. via Facebook
“The life lessons I get to instill in the midst of handing out a consequence to a student as a High School VP. It’s essential teaching students the 3 C’s: Compassion, Communication, Consequence.” —@vp_jbrown via Instagram
When my students try to get me off topic. Those moments are when content takes a back seat to personality, rapport and the realization that my kids won’t remember most of what I teach them years from now, but they’ll remember if I invested in their personal journey to adulthood.
— Mr. Sullivan (@MrSullivanRHS) April 2, 2020
In the MIDDLE of a lesson! And yes, I answer it. And yes, it may side track me for 10 minutes!
— Scott Wenmoth (@EdwardsPhysEd) April 3, 2020
Enjoy the complete comments on their blog post...
Everyone Is Welcome
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Schools proudly offers children of all faiths and life circumstances the opportunity to become a part of an enriched educational community. Your child’s success not only includes academic achievement; but spiritual growth, respect, morality, and self-discipline for life. Students are encouraged to recognize the presence of Christ in themselves and others.
In our schools, each child is a valuable member of a loving and caring community dedicated to showing them how to live successful, virtuous, and educated lives through the teachings of Christ. Every classroom experience includes a welcoming and challenging learning environment guided by life lessons of discipline, kindness, honesty, confidence, character, and faith, to name a few.
Catholic Education Is at the Heart of the Catholic mission
It provides a complete education by teaching to both the heart and the mind which empowers children to reach their full potential. Every child is a known and valuable member. They will always feel welcome!
We encourage your family to visit for a tour. Your student is also welcome to attend a shadow day. Until then, learn more about the values of Catholic Education by viewing A Dozen Reasons to Attend Catholic Schools Infographic.