The Sparta Public Education Foundation was formed in 2004 by a group of community members who recognized the need for an organization which would help to develop additional financial resources to support the educational mission of the Sparta Area School District. In the past several years, the Foundation has provided thousands of dollars to staff members to promote innovative educational programs. The Foundation also provides scholarships annually to graduating seniors.
The mission statement of the Foundation is “Acquire and provide resources to enhance the education in our community.” The Foundation further defines its mission with the following statements of purpose:
- Improve student achievement and development.
- Encourage community involvement and partnerships.
- Promote public education.
- Provide enhanced learning opportunities.
- Recognize outstanding contributions to our schools.
Why give to the Sparta Public Education Foundation?
Donations to the Foundation will be used to provide programs and resources not typically available to Sparta students due to the limits of the Wisconsin school finance formula. Although it is a “high aid” district, in the current school year the District will spend $600 less per pupil than the state average for instruction costs.
The Sparta Public Education Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Gifts to the Foundation may be sent to:
Sparta Public Education Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 371
Sparta, WI 54656-0371
What projects has the Foundation supported recently?
Donations to the Sparta Public Education Foundation support the annual mini-grant program. Recently, Foundation grants supported: school family nights, special education activities, digital display boards, academic games, reading promotion, and community math activities. The 2012 mini-grant awards will be announced November 1, 2012.
Annual fundraiser for the Foundation
The Sparta Public Education Foundation has an annual Casino Night fundraiser each winter. You can purchase tickets from any foundation member as the event gets closer.
Past prizes won include autographed Packer football, flowers for a year, Badger game tickets, Kindle Fire, flat screen tv, garden package, and much more!
Drive 4 UR School
The Sparta Public Education Foundation is working with Brenengen Ford on an event that lets you test drive a new car and generate funds for the Foundation. Drive 4 UR School will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Sparta High School.