Message from the President

SPARK Board President Dawn Davis
Excellent Schools Are Everyone’s Business

Message from the President, Ms. Dawn Davis with Apple Federal Credit Union

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as acting president of the SPARK Board of Directors for the 2018-19 school year. I have been directly involved with Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) for many years serving as chair of the SPARK Scholarship Committee and member of the Board of Directors. Having also served as co-chair of the Smart Beginnings of Greater Prince William Sustainability Committee and volunteering at the annual Prince William County SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition, I believe my experience will allow me to leverage support for students, teachers, and staff to strengthen the foundation of education in this World-Class School Division.

Supported by donations from local businesses, SPARK raises funds for Prince William County teachers and schools, as well as to School Division departments, staff, and offices, through our “Innovative Grants” program. In 2017, over $80,000 was awarded to schools and departments to implement programs that would not be possible otherwise. The Foundation continues to support the use of our enhanced web presence in all Division schools, and continues to support students pursuing careers in teaching, STEM, nursing, and many other private programs through our scholarship program– awarding over $82,000 to 57 graduating seniors this past school year.

 Each year we embark upon initiatives to help make education brighter for our students. We now support more than seven scholarship funds; play a vital role in the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VA STAR) Program; provide clothes and gifts to families in need via our Holiday Helpers initiative; provide support for Robotics teams in all of our schools, and continue to bring awareness to the importance of early childhood education through support of Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William. This year, SPARK incorporated the CTE Advisory Committee to support high school programs for cyber security, welding, automotive, culinary, cabinetry, engineering, HVAC and other classroom instruction.

The support that SPARK is able to leverage enriches students’ lives every day. These children are the basis for our community’s future growth and prosperity, and it is only possible to build on that strong foundation with the continued support of our corporate and community partnerships. The quality of our schools is more than simply a desirable community feature. A strong PWCS is vital for the future success of our county, state, and nation. With the experience and determination of the SPARK Board of Directors, we can guarantee that our success will only continue to strengthen PWCS.

We invite you to offer support for the Foundation’s initiatives and help provide opportunities for PWCS students to reach their greatest potential. Your involvement will be tremendously rewarding to you and to our community’s students.

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