What is SPARK?
SPARK stands for Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids.
SPARK is the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools. Through community and business partnerships, SPARK is able to provide programs and initiatives to our schools that they may not otherwise have.
Several programs are managed through SPARK to include the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program, better known as VA STAR, Smart Beginnings, an Early Childhood Education Initiative, and the Robotics Program.
If you are a business or non-profit organization and would like to become involved with our schools, please contact SPARK directly at 703.791.8003.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Scholarship Application Submission Deadline is Nearing- Due April 6
Visit our Scholarship Page to view and download available scholarships. The deadline for most is next week, April 6. Submit them before Spring Break!
C & A Scientific, a local business in Prince William County, donates $300,000 worth of science equipment to PWCS.
Science and technology training for students across PWCS is getting a big boost from a $300,000 product donation of scientific equipment and supplies by Prince William County-based and family-owned business, C & A Scientific. C & A Scientific has been located in Manassas for over 20 years.
The contribution provides brand-new lab equipment, experimental kits, and microscopes from their science educational brands My First Lab® and Premiere®, supporting inquiry based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Students will get access to costly learning tools that were previously unavailable or in short supply, due to tight school budgets. C & A Scientific is also providing professional development on using the equipment, allowing teachers to make the most of these resources. Engaging students in STEM topics opens doors to educational and career opportunities. Careers in STEM fields are vital for economic growth in Prince William County and around the world.
“The remarkable contribution will greatly support our School Division’s efforts to promote the integrity of a student-centered, hands-on approach to science education,” said Julia Renberg, Supervisor of Science and Family Life Education.
“We are honored to help support students and educators in Prince William County through our donation program,” adds Trent Middleton, vice president of C & A Scientific. Middleton is also a former science teacher and has a background in microbiology. “Being able to provide critical lab supplies, microscopes, experiment kits and specimens will empower students with an interactive experience through hands-on learning—vital to developing core STEM skills. As the maker of scientific equipment trusted by medical and lab professionals around the world, PWCS students will get access to the same medical-grade products and supplies relied on in real-life settings and clinical applications.”
“Great partners like C&A Scientific reaffirm that Excellent Schools Are Everyone’s Business,” added Sharon Henry, executive director of SPARK, the PWCS Education Foundation who facilitated this generous donation.
Local Realtor Provides Deep Discount and Donations Back to SPARK
Prince William County based Real Estate Agent, David Gray, has recently announced through a partnership with SPARK and the Office of Community Business Engagement that he is generously providing the following to PWCS employees:
- 10% agency compensation rebated back to buyer (PWCS Employees).
EXAMPLE: PWCS Employee purchases a $400,000 home, buyer receives $1,200 at settlement.
- $500 per sale (buying or selling) back to SPARK and the buyer or seller will choose the program or initiative in which the funds are placed.
- Free appraisal ($650 value) to PWCS Staff when they use New Penn Financial.
- 20 percent off of listing fee for any PWCS staff member plus $500 to SPARK and the seller will choose the program or initiative in which the funds are placed.
- Parents of a PWCS Student: $500 for every transaction is donated to SPARK and applied towards the program or initiative of your choice (Rebate does not apply but free appraisal *$650 value* is when purchasing a home and use New Penn Financial.)
Visit his website here.
Nominate School Partners for Business Partnership of the Year by April 6
Nominations are open to recognize business/community partners for the PWCS Business Partnership of the Year Award. This award is the ultimate way to say "Thank You" to your school's partners by giving them the recognition that their efforts truly deserve. Complete and submit the Nomination Form by April 6 and return to Brittany Watson in the Office of Community and Business Engagement.
Support SPARK Year Round on Amazon
Are you a frequent Amazon user? Support SPARK at the same time just by clicking the following link before you make your purchases! A percentage of sales will go directly to SPARK to support PWCS students and teachers. smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1498824
(Please note: Amazon Smile works only in a web browser and not through the app.)