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About SparkWheel

In the quest for success in academics and life, many students face daunting obstacles with limited resources. That's where SparkWheel comes in. For more than 25 years, schools and families have counted on us to remove barriers, fill gaps, and be personal champions to help students thrive. Our trustworthy, passionate staff work inside schools alongside community partners to do everything we can to help students reach their full potential.  

SparkWheel serves more than 30,000 students in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Iowa.

 Through the Integrated Student Supports framework, we help to support students’ academic and non-academic needs, resulting in an increased sense of well-being and greater success in school. 

Our History


Communities In Schools of Kansas was established to help local Kansas students break through barriers that impact their education, safety, and ability to succeed in life. 

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CIS of Kansas gains new leadership and new standards, changing the way that services and supports are delivered to students.


Extended our services to include supporting students and families in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma Schools, becoming Communities In Schools of Mid-America.


Reborn as SparkWheel to better reflect the power and passion we bring to solving student struggles.

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A world where barriers do not stand in the way of possibilities.


The mission of SparkWheel is to remove barriers and provide those we serve with the tools and resources they need to thrive, now and into the future.


SparkWheel enables promising futures.

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Who We


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The SparkWheel


Igniting student success is a way of life at SparkWheel. We walk the talk—and we don’t stop short of success. We meet students where they are and walk alongside them, removing barriers along the way. 

We put them first, and we don’t quit. 


Students and families know they can count on us to be there when times are tough.  


We courageously advocate for students and walk with them through dark circumstances.


We bring levity, joy, and hospitality to every situation.


We’re inclusive, empathetic nurturers who understand the toll of trauma. We are a beacon of safety and security.


We provide safe and judgment-free support for our students and their families. 

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