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Bright Futures initiative kicks off in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

A new initiative kicked off Friday morning in Sioux City helping people in need. "Bright Futures" is a community impact program that originated in Joplin, Missouri...and Friday it officially came to Siouxland.

It's a process to bring community organizations together including educational, law enforcement, faith-based, and other businesses. Organizations will pair up to help out with anything from a student that needs a pair of shoes to a family that needs furniture or clothing. Advisory board members say it's a way to bring the community together to work as one team serving Sioux City.

"If we can really relieve some of that stress in our homes, it allows parents to be parents, it allows kids to be kids when they're at school and focus on their education," said director of student services and equity education for Sioux City Community Schools, Jen Gomez.

Organizations and those in need will connect through a Facebook page called "Bright Futures Sioux City." Sioux City Community Schools are leading the initiative and collaborating with community partners.

"Bright Futures" will be implemented in the school system by volunteers helping out students in need in the schools around the community.

"I believe that poverty is the civil rights issue of our time. It's something that is so important for us to connect students in poverty with those who are able to give them a helping hand," said Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman.

Advisory board members say they expect the program to have a long-term affect on the community.

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