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. 

Remember Excellent Schools are Everyone's Business !


Innovative Grant Process Opens September 15

The first submission deadline for Innovative Grant applications for the 2019-20 school year is September 15, 2019

The Innovative Grant Application is now electronic and we will no longer be accepting hard copy proposals. If you have completed a hard copy proposal, please transfer all information using the link to the electronic application below.

The link to apply will be live and ready to submit applications on September 3, 2019.

(Please note: Use Chrome or Firefox to apply for a SPARK Innovative Grant)

SPARK Innovative Grant Application


Support SPARK through Amazon

Are you a frequent Amazon user and shopping for the holidays? 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. 

Please note: Amazon Smile works only in a web browser and not through the app.)

The Dr. Renée H. Lacey Scholarship
    Help Continue Her Legacy of Helping

Dr. Renée Lacey dedicated herself and her career to helping students. She enabled them to overcome adversity and find their paths toward success. When obstacles stood between students and high school graduation, Dr. Lacey led efforts that over the years enabled thousands of summer program participants to surmount the barriers, sharpen their skills, and to earn the diplomas that opened doors to endless possibilities.

 Dr. Lacey’s sudden and unexpected death in July 2017 left an unfillable void, and a question that can be answered. How can family, friends, colleagues, and those she assisted, extend Dr. Lacey’s legacy of helping? The PWCS Department of Student Learning and Accountability, Office of Student Services, and the SPARK Educational Foundation are responding by establishing the   Dr. Renée H. Lacey Scholarship Fund.

Depending on the generosity of donors, financial awards will be given annually to one or more graduates of the PWCS summer school program who plan to pursue higher education within a year of receiving their high school diploma. A committee of Dr. Lacey’s colleagues and family members will select recipients based on each applicant’s submission of an essay detailing how he or she personally overcame adversity to graduate and continue his or her educational journey.

This is a chance for family, friends, colleagues, former students, fellow church members, and all caring people to extend Dr. Lacey’s legacy of helping for years to come. Today’s donations are the seeds of tomorrow’s student successes.

To apply for the Renee Lacey Memorial Scholarship, download the application here.

Send donations to:        

PWCS Education Foundation
P.O. Box 389
Manassas, VA 20108

In the memo line of all checks, please write: “For the Dr. Renée H. Lacey Scholarship Fund.”  Or you can donate via Paypal by clicking the Donate tab at the top of our website.  

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.