July 2014

STARS of the week – Tara and Brian

Tara is a BrightStone girl! She always shows care and concern for all her BrightStone friends and is ready to participate in all of our activities. Tara's favorite activities at BrightStone include working in the paint room, bowling, helping cook lunch, field trips to Chick-fil-a and assisting with planning the lunch menu.

Way to go, Tara!


Brian is BrightStone's word search guru. He comes to BrightStone with his briefcase packed with pencils and books. He works on his puzzles every chance he gets during the day. Brian likes to keep busy and he says his favorite work area at BrightStone is working in the paint room; he also enjoys bowling, playing basketball at the YMCA and helping cook lunch.

Good job, Brian!

STARS of the week – Tammy and Stephen

During Tammy's leisure time at home, she enjoys horseback riding, watching "Walker, Texas Ranger," listening to the Praise Pickers and eating at Red Lobster. Tammy is a big help around BrightStone and music class with Judy would top her list of BrightStone favorites. In addition to music, she enjoys working in ceramics, bowling, practicing her computer skills and yoga class.

Way to go, Tammy!


Stephen is a fun and funny guy. One of his favorite things to do is say the prayer before lunch. It is one of our priceless moments as he pours out his heart. 🙂 He says he also enjoys working in the paint room, bowling, computer games, and riding the exercise bike. In his leisure time at home, he enjoys watching some of his favorite TV shows, playing with his dog, Jake, cheering for the Tennessee Volunteers, and eating at the Olive Garden.

Congratulations, Stephen!

Community Partnership Announced Between BrightStone and MEIKO

  FRANKLIN, TN – July, 2014 - BrightStone’s community partnerships continue to grow!  MEIKO, one of the largest leading manufacturers of commercial warewashing (dishwashing) equipment donated a commercial dishwasher to BrightStone to use in the Cooking Classroom a few years ago, and most recently helped BrightStone to secure a second dishwashing unit for its Consumable Dry Mix classroom.  MEIKO representative David Ciampoli, recently toured BrightStone to learn more about the program, meeting the adult students and staff. BrightStone provides job training for adult students who have intellectual challenges in a work-based learning program.  The Consumable Dry Mix classroom gives students the opportunity to learn skills in measuring, mixing, stirring, and packaging.  “Although such tasks may seem simple, they are necessary daily life and job skills that our adults must learn to become more independent,” stated Brenda Hauk, Executive Director of BrightStone.  “We are thrilled that through community partners like MEIKO, we can help further expand the educational opportunities offered to our adults.” BrightStone is a post secondary educational program, providing job training and life skills education for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If interested in learning more please visit . For questions, please call 615-790-4888 or email . MEIKO is located in La Vergne, TN and was originally founded in 1927.  To learn more about MEIKO please visit  

STARS of the Week – Ali and Sarah

Ali is a fun guy who likes to joke around with his friends at BrightStone. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching game shows, eating at Logan's, and listening to pop music. When at BrightStone, his favorites are working in ceramics, bowling and computer activities.

Congratulations, Ali!


We call her "Sarah Sparkles" because of her sparkling personality! She is fun to have around and says her favorite work area is consumables. She also enjoys our occasional trips to Wal-Mart, helping prepare lunch, and computer games in the learning lab. When at home, she listens to Rascal Flatts and enjoys playing with her dog, Mo.

Way to go, Sarah!

BrightStone Announces 6th Annual Bowlability Fundraising Event

FRANKLIN, TN - July 2014  -- It’s that time of year again!  BrightStone announces that Bowlability will take place the evenings of Monday & Tuesday, August 11th & 12th, at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center.  Bowlability encourages families, friends, and the community to “team up” to raise funds to support BrightStone, while having a fun time bowling.  BrightStone is more than just a place for job training for adults who have special needs--it is a life empowering, life changing, and life saving  experience for this underserved population. BrightStone’s Bowlability Committee is chaired by Christi Lassen, (owner of Olivia Olive Oil).  Christi explains why she decided to be the committee chair, “I learned about Brightstone for the first time when I was invited to join a friend's team for the Bowlability event two years ago. The joy of the students, the passion of the staff and the devotion of the Brightstone supporters were overwhelming!”  Other members include Kellum Ferree, Erin MacDonald, Tina Majors, Sarah Reese and Teresa Romanoff.  This group is busy recruiting teams and sponsors for the event. Join the fun!  There are several ways to become involved.  Participants can captain a team of six, join a team, or donate to a friend.  Each bowler is expected to raise a minimum of $100. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at the $200, $1000, $2500, or $5,000 levels.  Teams can choose between two dates and times, August 11 or 12 at 5:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.  To learn more about BrightStone’s Bowlability event please visit our website at or to make a donation or register visit . Funds raised through this event will help further daily programming to assist in expanding the potential of adults with special needs by providing opportunities and solutions that enrich their lives every day.  “Our goal is to provide a solution, a hope, a future, and a life for adults with developmental disabilities,” stated Brenda Hauk, founder and Executive Director of BrightStone. For questions about the event, or to learn more about BrightStone please contact Tina Majors, Director of Fund Development, at (615)790-4888 or visit our website at .    

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