Sparta Public Education Foundation

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 education 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 less per pupil than the state average for instructional 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: music instrument purchase, parent connection night, District diversity day, intergenerational activities, hallway murals, science fair, phonic education, and PBIS activities. Mini-grant awards are announced annually in November. The Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 in mini-grants since its inception.

Drive 4 UR School

The Sparta Public Education Foundation proudly partners with Brenengen Ford in Sparta to raise funds to support public education. Annually, the Foundation and Brenengen’s host Drive 4 UR School, an activity that provides adults an opportunity to test drive new Ford vehicles while generating funds for the Foundation. 

Annual Alumni and Friends Appeal

The Sparta Public Education Foundation depends upon the support and generosity of alumni and friends.  Annually, in the fall, the Foundation conducts a fund drive which plays a critical role in our ability to support a wide variety of programs.  Please give generously.

Board of Directors

Kevin Riley, President
Teresa Lakowske, Vice President
Toni Polkoski, Treasurer
Neal MacCallum, Secretary
Bev Burke
Tracey Eddy
Allison Hellman
RyAnn Knoll
Julie Leis
Bethany Nugent
Dr. Michael Pace
Deb Page
Mark Sund
Karen Williamson

You may contact the Foundation through email:  foundation@spartan.org

or by mail:
Sparta Public Education Foundation
PO Box 371
Sparta, WI    54656-0371