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SPARK 

School Activities

When middle school students participate in music, sports, and the arts, they discover new talents, grow in confidence, and develop leadership skills. However, for families in our area facing financial hardship, the cost of equipment and fees can be overwhelming.

Together, we can remove these barriers. With your help, Start 1 Spark provides students in need with the means to participate in their school's extracurricular activities.
Be the SPARK
Top needs
44% of public school students in Henrico and 38% in Chesterfield are economically disadvantaged and may not be able to afford what they need to join sports teams, play an instrument, or be part of school clubs.

Explore these opportunities to start a spark for Richmond-area students.
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Top Needs
Impact

With your help, Start 1 Spark has:

sparked

743

students

provided

402

sports and music items

delivered

4,291

snack kits to hungry athletes

Monthly Spark

May’s monthly Spark is a 6th grade tennis player at John Rolfe Middle School who joined the team after baseball didn’t work out. When one door closes, another always opens. And this unexpected tennis detour has turned out to be very successful! He’s discovered that he likes every part of tennis and has decided that he will probably stick with it after this year. It makes him both proud and excited to represent his school out on the tennis court. The future holds some potential forays into football and basketball; but for now, he is dedicated to the sport that the Spark didn’t even know he liked before he tried. After school sports allow students to discover interests they never would have known about!

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John Rolfe Middle School instrument signing day with Start 1 Spark

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It started with one idea:
how to connect community members who want to help with students who need assistance. With lots of brainstorming and collaboration, Start 1 Spark was born.
The focus on extracurricular activities addresses a current need while developing the next generation. Extracurricular activities allow students to discover their passions, become leaders, improve communication skills, and explore creative outlets. These extracurriculars are more than a luxury, it’s an opportunity to reveal the student’s potential.

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