Each of the 40 Under 40 honorees this year are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their fields, and we know that they would not be where they are today without educational support and a community of family, friends, and teachers believing in their potential.
40 Under 40 Honoree Brandy Harris of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc. knows the importance of at-risk students experiencing inspiring hands-on STEM education: “At the Boys & Girls Clubs, we have a number of programs that engage members in STEM education, and the Discovery Center is a part of that process. It is very refreshing to have an organization dedicated to STEM education and providing a place for kids to learn and grow.” Brandy’s past has greatly shaped how she works with students today: “When I was growing up, I was very poor. In fact, many of the homes I used to live in no longer exist because they were deemed unsuitable for living. When I was a senior at Hillcrest High School, I was nominated for homecoming queen. At first, I was excited, but then I became incredibly anxious. It was a tradition that the seniors wore white dresses to the homecoming assembly, game, and dance. There was no way I could ask my mom to purchase me a dress. I already had a hand me down. Without speaking to me, my principal at the time, Dr. Julie Leeth gave my mom $200 and told her to buy me the dress of my dreams. While Dr. Leeth wasn’t necessarily my teacher, she taught me something I have never forgotten. She had a pulse on her students and she did everything she could to ensure that no kid ever felt left out or uncomfortable due to their circumstance. I have carried this with me everywhere I go and have made it a priority in life to do the same for the kids I serve at Boys & Girls Clubs.” Brandy is raising funds on behalf of the Discovery Center and is asking for your help.
The Discovery Center of Springfield is your nonprofit (501(c)(3), community-funded science center that turns playing today into leading tomorrow’s workforce through hands-on, experiential learning. The Discovery Center creates our future nurses, manufacturing professionals, engineers, computer scientists—some of the very careers featured on this year’s 40 under 40 list. The Discovery Center is a place where children growing up or living in poverty find hope. They are a vital part of our community’s economic health because the Discovery Center gives visitors the tools they need to determine their own future regardless of socioeconomic status.
Would you help honor 40 Under 40 honoree Brandy Harris and celebrate her successes by believing in a child’s potential through the Discovery Center?
Thursday, March 7 from 4-8 pm at the Discovery Center
Everything you love about the Discovery Center–without the kids!
Unleash your inner child for a night of unlimited curiosity! Bring your friends, coworkers, or make it a date at this unique pop up event! Must be 21 years or older to attend.