February 2014

Williamson Medical Center presents STARS of the Week–Jessica and Allen

Jessica is a fun and funny lady to have around and she has worked hard to earn this honor.  We have two students that help with the lunch prep each morning and she always does a great job when it is her turn to work in the kitchen.  In addition to helping in the kitchen, Jessica says her other favorites include grocery shopping, working in the consumables room, playing basketball at the YMCA and working jigsaw puzzles. Allen is a quiet gentleman who takes pride in his work.  If you are in the classroom where his group is working, he will show you what he is working on with great enthusiasm and flash his beautiful smile!  Allen says he enjoys shopping at Walmart, riding the exercise bike, working in consumables and learning activities on the computer.

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with BrightStone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 28, 2014

FRANKLIN, TN— March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Providing a post-secondary educational and training opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities, BrightStone has been celebrating the ABILITIES of adults with special needs for over 14 years.  BrightStone encourages YOU to help celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by participating in one or more of the activities listed below during the month of March.  See just how many you can accomplish!

 (1)   LIKE our Facebook page.  Visit Post as your status “I believe in the ABILITIES of adults with developmental disabilities.  So does BrightStone!”  (2)   FOLLOW us on Twitter!  Visit   Tweet the following: “I believe in the ABILITIES of adults with developmental disabilities.  So does BrightStone!”    #brightstonetn (3)   Attend our Open House on Wednesday, March 26th, between the hours of 9:30 and 5:00 p.m.  Invite a friend or co-worker to come with you to see firsthand the abilities of adults with developmental disabilities. (4)   Attend our “Shout Out for Dining Out” Night on Tuesday, March 11th, at Logan’s in Cool Springs—7087 Baker’s Bridge Road in the Cool Springs area of Franklin.  More info to be posted on our website soon. (5)   Volunteer!  An hour, a half/day, for a project, for an event---we have something for everyone!  You can use your abilities to help BrightStone! Contact Makella at 615-790-4888 or by email at (6)   Organize a themed “Shower of Blessings” from your church, organization, club or workplace to provide needed supplies and materials for operations.  Ideas include:  Paper Goods, Pantry Items, Office Supplies, Arts and Crafts, Production Needs, etc.  Lists of specific needs can be provided upon request. (7)   Schedule a personalized tour for yourself, a friend, business associates, organization or club members, church members, co-workers, etc.  Tours are generally given Mondays-Thursdays, at either 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. (8)   Plan to participate in BrightStone’s BOWLABILITY benefit on August 11th and 12th by organizing a team and raising much needed funds for our adults.  Go ahead and make that commitment by registering at   Participating is SO MUCH FUN! (9)   Read and share our weekly featured stories of “CAN-ABILITY” during the month of March, to be posted on our website and our social media sites. (10  Financially support BrightStone’s endeavors by contributing to our scholarship fund, “Enhance the Chance”.  Help make it possible for an adult to attend who otherwise might not be able.  Visit  . In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation called for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with developmental disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.  YOU CAN HELP!     

A.O. Smith Foundation / APCOM Support BrightStone

FRANKLIN, TN—Employees at local business and community supporter, APCOM, recently chose BrightStone to be the recipient of $2000 from the A.O. Smith Foundation.

APCOM is a subsidiary of the A.O. Smith Corporation, and when given the opportunity to nominate a charity to receive a gift from the company’s foundation, APCOM’s employees and leadership submitted BrightStone as their charity of choice.

“APCOM continues to show BrightStone incredible support,” said BrightStone’s Executive Director, Brenda Hauk. “We are so grateful for these neighbors. Every time our friends at APCOM see an opportunity to help BrightStone, they take advantage of it! Their continued generosity has truly made a difference in the lives of our special adults, and we cannot even begin to express our gratitude.”

APCOM has also donated to BrightStone polo shirts for every student and staff member, a keyboard and audio accessories for the BrightStone Traveling Choir, and, for the past four years, turkeys for every student and staff member for Thanksgiving. APCOM’s employees actively support BrightStone by donating

their time and assisting with fundraising efforts at BrightStone’s annual BOWLABILITY benefit.


Join Us at Chuy’s in Cool Springs–Tomorrow!

STARS of the Week–Kate and Philip–presented by Williamson Medical Center

Kate is a sweet young lady and always has a smile on her face.  She is a good friend to everyone at BrightStone.  Kate is a hard worker and always willing to help out at a moment's notice.  Kate enjoys working in consumables, computer activities, bowling, yoga class and saying the prayer before lunch. Philip is a gentleman with a great personality.  He is very friendly and can throw a kiss with the most beautiful smile ever!  During his days at BrightStone he says his favorites are working in ceramics, computer activities, going to Chick-Fil-A for a snack and exercise class with Melissa.  In Philip's leisure time he enjoys participating in swimming competitions.

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