FAQ's - Frequently Asked QuestionsIs the Sparta Education Foundation connected to the Board of Education or the Town Council?
No. The Sparta Education Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our Board of Trustees is comprised entirely of volunteers who are committed to encouraging philanthropic support of our schools.
The Sparta Education Foundation is focused on the following objectives:
- To encourage community and private sector relationships that serve the interests and needs of the Sparta Public Schools;
- To solicit ongoing charitable contributions of equipment and funds to benefit the Sparta Public Schools; and
- To initiate fundraising projects and events to benefit various programs and facilities of the Sparta Public Schools; and
- To serve as a catalyst for efforts to bring positive attention to the Sparta Public Schools.
The Sparta Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with its own mission, goals and by-laws that is organized and managed by a Board of Trustees. The trustees are responsible for the organization of fund raising projects and other activities that benefit Sparta schools.
The Sparta Education Foundation raises money through appeals for charitable contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses as well as through various fundraising events and projects including the following:
- Pathways to Excellence - Pavers in front of the Sparta Theatre building can be engraved with personal messages
- Krogh's Turkey Trot – Annual 5K Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving morning
- Casino Night - A night of Vegas-style fun in which the big winners are Sparta’s students
The Sparta Education Foundation has representatives from each school who work with the faculty in their schools to identify needs. Although project ideas can come from any source, funding is awarded only after review of a proposal that meets the funding criteria set by the Sparta Education Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Sparta Education Foundation Board of Trustees reviews grant applications three times a year. Specific funding decisions are based on advancing the organization's goals to support curriculum-based projects equitably across all schools within the district.
Trustees review applications based on the following criteria:
- Grants should have as broad an impact upon the educational needs of as many students as possible.
- Proposals should have the approval of both the school principal and the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum.
- Grants should support educational programs not currently funded via the normal district budget process.
- All proposals should contribute to the district’s overall mission.
- Grant requests for the following will not be considered:
- Individuals, including trips and training
- Activities or programs already funded by PTOs, Booster Clubs, etc.
- Programs deemed too narrow in scope or impact
Donors to the Sparta Education Foundation are investing in two of our community's most important resources--our children and our public schools. Your gifts support curriculum-based enhancements that are not included in the annual school budget.