Ignite the SPARKS for each Student’s Potential for Achievement Resiliency Kinship Support.
SPARKS is a new neighborhood based program for elementary and middle school age students. Calvin Presbyterian has partnered with Orono to provide the facility and volunteers. The goal is to provide another intervention that provides extra time and support to help close the achievement and opportunity gap for kids who have academic and financial need. The program is designed for those students who may miss out on other opportunities due to lack of transportation or financial issues. Each student who enrolls in SPARKS will have a personalized learning plan with input from the student, their parents, and teachers. The program is free to students who receive an invitation, thanks to funding from Orono Healthy Youth, private donations and the Minnesota Targeted Services program.