Helping Other Helps Us – EDGE Mini-Grant
Dear Sparta Education Foundation,
We want to thank you for the generous grant money that you gave the EDGE Program for our “Helping Others Helps Us” community service projects. We adopted seven residents at Rolling Hills that otherwise have no family or visitors. We took a gift idea list to Walmart and made sure that they each received some nice gifts for Christmas. Our students have also made them many crafts and cards for the various holidays. Because of our ongoing quilting project, we have also made each of the residents a lap quilt for their birthdays this year. The grant helped pay for the craft supplies.
Annual Diversity Celebration – Sparta Area School District
The Foundation supported the 2016 Dia de los Ninos Diversity Day Celebration held at Sparta High School on April 16, 2016. Hundreds of children and adults enjoyed entertainment, games, displays, contests and food. The support of the Foundation helps to make this a free event for everyone.
Parent Connection Night
Teachers of children with special education needs held a picnic for students and their parents. The group discussed the school year, the importance of summer learning and were presented with a box of activities to do over the summer months. Families also received a calendar of community involvement ideas and a “I did it!” form to return in the fall.
Adopt a Grandparent Program – Meadowview Intermediate School
The Foundation supports the popular Adopt a Grandparent Program, a popular intergenerational activity that pairs 4th grade students with residents of three residential care facilities for older adults in Sparta. This year over 75 students are involved, visiting with their ‘grandparent’ monthly.
Science Fair – Innovations STEM Academy
Innovation STEM Academy hosted a science fair that showcased their achievements from the year, involved students in ‘make and takes’ that reinforced participants learning, and encouraged students to take action to improve the quality of life. The Foundation is proud to support these young learners.
Staff purchased Phonics Dance materials for students in grades K through second at Southside Elementary using Foundation grant funds. Student improve their reading ability in an active, fun and engaging way.
Art Education and Weaving
Ms. Treu-Olbert’s students received a grant to purchase a loom for use in the Southside School art room.