The Sandy Family Charitable Trust was developed to honor Allene Sandy, who had retired as an elementary educator in Joplin. Her career started in a one-room schoolhouse. She retired from Irving Elementary School in Joplin during the mid 70's.
"Bright Futures USA provides a framework that enables schools to engage businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations and parent groups to rally together to meet the needs of their children," explains Kim Vann, the new Bright Futures director. "This framework partners organizations with schools in a way that helps them to quickly and efficiently meet students' basic needs, often within 24 hours."