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The Board of Education votes to approve the Memorandum of Understanding with Sparkwheel. April 24, 2024

The Board of Education votes to approve the Memorandum of Understanding with Sparkwheel. April 24, 2024

The Board of Education votes to approve the Memorandum of Understanding with Sparkwheel.

On Wednesday evening at the USD 253 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the Board approved the District’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SparkWheel.  The MOU outlines the responsibilities between Emporia Public Schools and SparkWheel, Inc. a non-profit organization whose headquarters are located in Lawrence, KS.  As a part of the MOU, the district will pay SparkWheel a fee of $40,000 for the 2024-25 school year. This fee helps defray costs that are incurred during SparkWheels programming in the district's schools. Currently, four schools:  Logan Avenue Elementary, Walnut Elementary, William Allen White Elementary, and Emporia High School have SparkWheel programs facilitated by site coordinators.

The SparkWheel program helps support students and families by removing barriers for students who are considered at risk.  The programming through SparkWheel helps fill in resource gaps that the students and families served by our district face. When barriers are removed students have better attendance, behavior, and academic success. The site coordinator works closely with the school staff and their community partners to help students reach their full potential. 

Mrs. Judy Stanley, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Student Services said,
“The district appreciates the partnership we have with SparkWheel. The additional support their site coordinators provide to our students and families helps remove barriers many of our families face every day.  The services available through SparkWheel complement the existing resources the district provides and customizes the student support based on each school's unique needs.” 

Ms. Michelle Nicholson, Emporia High School, SparkWheel Student Support Coordinator, shared the following information regarding SparkWheel. SparkWheel serves more than 60 schools throughout the Midwest and is on a mission to equip every student with the resources necessary to focus on learning and achieve their dreams. This objective is realized through the deployment of dedicated Student Support Coordinators in each school, who forge meaningful connections with students, families, educators, and local partners. As a result, SparkWheel is paving the way for teachers to focus more on teaching and for students to get the most out of their education.

 At SparkWheel, we go beyond the basics, offering essentials such as food, clothing, school supplies, and personal hygiene items. But that's just the beginning. We go the extra mile by collaborating with students to enhance their grades, shape positive behavior, and envision a future filled with success. With your support, we can reduce challenges and enable students to focus on learning rather than non-academic obstacles. 

Emporia Public Schools has been in partnership with SparkWheel for the past seven years and is excited to continue working together to help students and families be successful.