Education Foundation Receives Multiple Donations
The Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) recently received three separate donations to further its mission of enhancing the education of the township's public school students. The donations were made by a local fifth grade student, a major corporation and a Sparta-based community group.
Casey Cavanaugh, a fifth grader in Karin Rennie's class at Helen Morgan School, decided to donate part of his profits from the TREP$ program to the SEF. TREP$ is an educational program designed to support young entrepreneurs. Casey sold bumper stickers at Helen Morgan's TREP$ Marketplace in February and donated $80 - half of his profits - to the SEF.
The Verizon Foundation donated $750 to the SEF in recogntion of Danielle Dykstra's outstanding service. Through the Verizon Volunteers program, employees whovolunteer 50 hours or more with an eligible charitable organization or educational institution can apply for a volunteer grant which is awarded to the non-profit where the employee volunteers. Dykstra isa longtime member of the SEF, serving as a Trustee.
The Junior Woman's Club of Sparta donated $650 in support of SEF's mission. The JWCS has been giving back to the community since 1967 and is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The club sponsors many popular events and projects including the Holiday Wish Tree, Safety Village, Fifth Grade Spelling Bee and Sparta Day.
The SEF has awarded more than $360,000 in grants to all five of Sparta's public shcools since 2007. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving that strengthens the public schools, supports teachers, and inspires students.