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
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.
With your help, Start 1 Spark has:
sports and music items
snack kits to hungry athletes
February’s spark is a soccer player from Falling Creek Middle School who inherited the love of the sport from his father. He feels honored to wear his school’s name on his jersey and is determined to fight for it until the very last minute of the game. Trying harder improves his playing ability, and he wants to take it to the D1 college level. His favorite thing about the sport though, besides dribbling past defenders, is the fact that he’s with his friends. Playing soccer together allows them to get a deeper understanding of each other, and that chemistry shows on the field. Your teammates become your friends for life!
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.