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Dr. Jan Morgan’s new Book supports BridgesWork

“Sweet Grass Memories: The House That Became a Bridge”  from author Jan Morgan is a true story of the unexpected, featuring a mysterious rundown house in Texas and the marginalized children living cross the e street who come to believe it is theirs, until a “For Sale” sign is placed amid its front yard weeds and two retired ladies find themselves knee deep in clues as they attempt to solve the puzzle at the heart of its magic.

Jan shares,  “I am sixty-six years old, retired, and as far as I know, healthy. What is more important, however, is that I think I finally know what I want to do with my life. Years ago, if someone had asked me whether or not a story about a despondent old house that seems to communicate with selected individuals; several disenfranchised kids who want to believe in themselves but aren’t exactly sure how; a poignant tale of star-crossed love during World War II; and two retired ladies, one black and one white, struggling to unearth their purposes in life before it is too late was more fact than fiction, I clearly would have replied ‘fiction.’ The problem is that the story is mine, and it is true.”

Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, the book is a compelling hodgepodge of clues, newspaper clippings, love letters from WWII, sea shells, and other debris of the sea that weave together in an unforgettable narrative. In many ways a historical biography of a house, Morgan’s story is also a portrait of hope and dreams that answers the question of what makes a “home”. Readers can purchase “Sweet Grass Memories: The House That Became a Bridge” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

All proceeds from the sale of “Sweet Grass Memories: The House That Became a Bridge” support BridgesWork.


Students Helping Students:
The 2018 Pura Vida Project

Our organization, BridgesWork,  has as one of its core beliefs that our students (Grades 1-12) should be provided opportunities to pay things forward. As a result our youth regularly participate in mission and educational experiences throughout their tenure with us.  

This project, Pura Vida, is one requested and organized by our BridgesWork students after they observed a real need in another country. It definitely aligns with the core belief statement mentioned above.

As part of the curriculum for this year our youth  are sponsoring  a project they have titled the 2018 Pura Vida Project.

In June 2018 some of our students visited  a school in central Costa Rica: Escuela La Julieta circa 1955

Over 300 students in grades 1-8 attend the school we visited.  Their parents are employed on banana plantations or in the tourism industry in the area. We were blessed, as an organization, to meet some of the students when we visited. After playing a soccer game with them, our students recognized that the school has many needs to include sports equipment!
Thus, the idea for our project took shape.

Requested items for our project include:

For the younger children grades 1-3:

Markers
Crayons
Erasers
Pens Pencils
Rulers
Coloring Book
Notebooks
Drawing and Construction Paper
Water Color
Stickers
Scissors
Backpacks For Grades 1-3

For grades 4-8:

Spiral Notebooks
Calculators (Solar or Battery)
Binders
Paper for Binders
USB Flash Drives
Backpacks
Pens and Pencils
Dictionaries
Maps
Soccer Balls
Footballs
Basketballs

It is our plan to purchase items using donated funds or receive specific donations.  On November 10 the BridgesWork students will organize and ready all donations for mailing to the school.   We will invite anyone in our community who has an interest to join us for the event.  Won’t you consider becoming one of our partners in this special endeavor?

Contact Dr Morgan at 817-988-9454 drjan13@gmail.com

As an organization we have learned that sometimes students of poverty adopt an “entitlement” mentality, usually without realizing they are doing so.  If provided the opportunity to give of themselves for others most are ALL IN!    Good deeds have ripple effects and can create well-rounded youth with a broader perspective of the difference they can make in the world.

 

2018-2019
BridgesWork Program For Grades 1-6
“Character Counts” 

BridgesWork is a year round program, and we will begin our fall and spring programs Saturday, October 6. Each year, October through May we meet one Saturday per month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Martin United Methodist Church, the same location as our 2018 summer programs.

In order to benefit from the entire BridgesWork mentoring experience we will need you and your child to commit to at least three Saturday sessions  during the fall and spring of 2018-2019. Please include the October 13th session as one of the three you will select . This commitment will enable your child to participate in the 2019 summer program.

Our Saturday programs offer grade level appropriate classes surrounding a theme.  This years themes are listed below.  Each Saturday we may work on craft activities, hear guest speakers, view powerful video clips and/or participate in a book study or service project that address the theme. As always we will relate all of this information back to the importance of faith in our lives. We hope you will mark these dates on your calendar and plan to have your child join us for at least three Saturdays so that we might establish our mentoring relationships with him or her. Flyers will be distributed at campuses each week prior to the monthly session.

The 2018-2019 dates are as follows:

Saturday, October 13   “Goodness”          

Saturday, November 10  “Knowledge”

Saturday, December 8  “Christmas”

Saturday, January 12   “Self-Control”

Saturday, February 9    “Perseverance”

Saturday, March 9   “Godliness”

Saturday, April 13      “Kindness”

Saturday, May 11       “Love”

Each session will be set up in stations with an emphasis on students forming relationships with each other and relationships with mentors.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Saturday Program Themes:

PROGRAM LOCATION:

Martin United Methodist Church • 2621 Bedford Road • Bedford, Texas 76021 • Transportation provided by HEB ISD

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?

There is no charge for qualifying students. Tuition, transportation, supplies, lunch and snacks will be provided by BridgesWork.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation will be provided from selected locations in the district to include, Post Oak East and Hillcrest Apartments, Wilshire Elementary, South Euless Elementary and Midway Park Elementary.


TO REGISTER:

Contact: Dr. Jan Morgan   drjan13@gmail.com 817.988.9454 or contact your child’s teacher


Grades 7-12 Saturday Leadership
Sessions 2018-2019
“Points of Light”

 

WHEN: 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

The 2018-2019 dates are as follows:

Saturday, October 13

Saturday, November 10

Saturday, December 8

Saturday, January 12

Saturday, February 9

Saturday, March 9

Saturday, April 13

Saturday, May 11

 

PROGRAM LOCATION:

Martin United Methodist Church • 2621 Bedford Road • Bedford, Texas 76021 • Transportation provided by HEB ISD


WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?

There is no charge for qualifying students. Tuition, transportation, supplies, lunch and snacks will be provided by BridgesWork.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation will be provided from selected locations in the district to include, Post Oak East and Hillcrest Apartments, Wilshire Elementary, South Euless Elementary and Midway Park Elementary.


TO REGISTER:

Contact: Dr. Jan Morgan   drjan13@gmail.com 817.988.9454 or contact your child’s teacher