Creative Learning Alliance Newsletter for March 2024

Picking Up STEAM

The Creative Learning Alliance (CLA) is excited to recognize their outstanding volunteers and their new 2024–25 Board Officers in the latest version of their e-newsletter! Read below for more details.

2024–2025 CLA Board Officers Installed

In February, the Creative Learning Alliance’s 2024 Board was installed:

  • President – Audie Dennis
  • Vice President – Bri Watts
  • Treasurer – Shelly Kraft
  • Secretary – Kitty Ward

CLA would also like to thank Board members Stephanie Bradshaw, Chad Greer, Lisa Nelson, and Logan Stanley for everything that they are doing to bring the science center to the Joplin region!

Special Recognition

CLA would like to recognize Ann Leach, Sarah Park, Rikki Smith, and Kitty Ward who dedicated many of their hours from December 2023 to March 2024 as adult mentors to the Youth Advisory Council. We are so grateful for their time and guidance!

Justice Perkins also gave generously of his time and donated resources for the materials to build the shell of the Youth Advisory Council’s time capsule. He also demonstrated to the Council members a little construction while finalizing the outer shell of the capsule with their personal contributions.

CLA would also like to thank volunteers from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Freeman Health System, and Forest Park Baptist Church for working so hard on the new building!

Volunteers Needed!

Whether you have an hour or a day, whether it’s just your or a group, whether you have special skills in any of the tasks listed below or not, CLA has a space for you to volunteer in!

Current needs include:

  • Data entry
  • Engaging with families at events
  • Painting
  • Powerwashing
  • Small drywall repair
  • Mowing

Have a group that would like to volunteer? Contact Neely at 417.850.7137.

About The Creative Learning Alliance: 

The Creative Learning Alliance is a hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) based attraction that exercises curiosity, promotes exploration, and develops imagination for people of all ages through interactivity. The nonprofit is run by a volunteer board of directors working to develop a new science center for the region. Find the Creative Learning Alliance at or on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok @creativelearningalliance.


Neely Myers, Executive Director
Creative Learning Alliance

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