Dear Friends of SPARC,
Great news! As of this update we have raised $4435, or 88.7% of our goal. It has been an amazing response in just six days. We couldn't have done it without you and on behalf of those working on this effort and the current and future SPARC students; I thank you for your generosity and support.
We know there is still more to do and this week we are reaching out to the school and school district. We'll be sure to keep you informed.
Also, through our Save SPARC Facebook page we have been able to document stories and photos from previous SPARC classes. You can access the page at:
Please share your stories and add to the record.
One of the discussion threads centered on the question, "What is SPARC?" A number of former SPARC members provided very passionate testimonials on how SPARC impacted their lives. So please take a look and add your own.
For this update I would like to provide my own perspective. If you looked up SPARC in a course catalog it might read like this:
SPARC (Space Research Center)- An afterschool program where students learn the basic concepts of science, math, engineering and medicine and learn how to apply those concepts in developing real-world, hands-on projects related to aerospace, medicine and engineering.
Sounds pretty dry, doesn't it?
For those of us who were part of SPARC, we know it's really an experience. To illustrate, I'm reminded of the quote from President Kennedy's historic speech at Rice University in 1962:
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills . . . "
That is SPARC! SPARC provides students with the ability to dream big things and then with the opportunity to accomplish those things using "the best of their energies and skills."
And the things they do are hard, but it's the challenge and reward of accomplishing them that resonates with students for the rest of their lives. The outpouring of support for SPARC from the alumni is a clear demonstration of that concept.
In closing I'll leave you with a quote from a current SPARC student, "Thank you alumni, students and anyone who has donated to help keep this program alive. We have a legacy to continue and more history to write."
So let us all make sure we achieve our fundraising goal to ensure the current students can "write more history."
SPARC Class of 1970