May 2014

STARS of the Week – Jessica and Jenny!

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Jenny smiled so bright when she was selected as "Class Star!" We love to hear her proudly announce "Jenny's Here! when she comes in the door each day. Jenny's BrightStone favorites include riding the exercise bike, working in ceramics, bowling, working puzzles, and helping to serve lunch!

Congrats Jenny!

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Jessica has worked very hard to earn the honor of being "Class Star!" She is a helpful young lady and when she's not at BrightStone, she loves listening to country music, playing with her dogs, helping in the kitchen and eating Red Lobster. During her days at BrightStone, she enjoys walking with her exercise group, working in consumables, going to the park, and clearing tables after break.

Way to go, Jessica!

STARS of the Week–Sean and Kate!

Sean resized Sean is one of our newest  BrightStone students!  He is usually quiet, but has a dry sense of humor that keeps us on our toes!  He is adjusting to our schedule and he says his favorite BrightStone activities are working in the paint room, practicing his computer skills, helping cook lunch and playing basketball at the YMCA. Kate accepted this honor with grace!  She is a hard worker and is dedicated to BrightStone.  Some of her favorite things to do at BrightStoneKate resized are working in ceramics, bowling, computer games, helping serve lunch and walking with her exercise group.

Candy Sullivan and Carole Wald honored as Volunteers of the Year

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FRANKLIN, TN –May, 2014 --BrightStone recently held its annual Volunteer Luncheon to honor over 130 individuals who have volunteered their time and service to BrightStone within the past year. The luncheon, which was held at BrightStone, included a delicious lunch catered by Chef Mary Stodola of Simply Delicious and a performance by the BrightStone Choir. Attendees were recognized for their volunteer efforts in a variety of areas, includingdirect services, special events and fund raising, committee leadership, student product finishing and Board leadership. Each year, BrightStone recognizes select individuals that go above and beyond volunteering their timeand showing tremendous dedication to BrightStone adults.  This year’s honorees were Candy Sullivan and Carole Wald. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of BrightStone and we are so grateful for them,” shared Executive Director and Founder, Brenda Hauk.  “We are blessed to have such committed and talented volunteers who help us every day enrich the lives of precious and vulnerable adults who live with special needs.” Candy Sullivan has been a Board Director for many years, and is currently serving her second term.  Her volunteer efforts include being a leadership mentor in the areas of development and fundraising and working countless hours with strategic and future planning with the Board of Directors. She has donated countless hours with the Songwriters Night Committee for many years providing leadership on the reservation and registration teams, auction team, as well as helping to secure various entertainers and songwriters for the benefit. Carol Wald has been a volunteer with BrightStone since 2008 performing many different but critical volunteer jobs.  She assists with Song Writers Night set-up and decorating and helps with BrightStone product sales at multiple local craft shows and festivals. She helps with registration for BrightStone’s Bowlability and Golf Benefit.  In addition, she currently volunteers one day each week at the reception desk where she greets our students and guests and assists with variousadministrative tasks.

Join us Wednesday at Blue Coast Burrito!

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STARS of the Week–Adam and Jennifer

10382162_10152229013627961_3551252852079729343_nWe are sad that Adam will soon be moving to Nashville; we will all miss him!  A special thing about Adam is that he always asks to say the prayer before lunch.  Although the students take turns, he volunteers to say it when our prayer person is absent.  He always says a great prayer from his heart.  Adam says his favorite BrightStone activities are working in mixes, doing research on the computer, helping cook lunch and yoga class. Jennifer is full of fun and laughter.  She is friendly and never meets a stranger.  These qualities make her perfect for her part-time job as a bagger at Harris Teeter in Brentwood.  Her favorite_JB01676 (2) BrightStone activities include working in ceramics, learning games on the computer, helping serve lunch, riding the exercise bikes and bowling.
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