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American Eagle Outfitters Foundation Awards $9,000 Grant to Support SparkWheel’s Programming in Ottawa Schools

OTTAWA, KS - The American Eagle Outfitters Foundation / AEO Community Grant has awarded a $9,000 grant to SparkWheel to support its vital programming at Ottawa Middle School and Ottawa High School. This generous contribution will enhance SparkWheel’s efforts to help students overcome barriers and achieve success in both academics and life.

For over 25 years, SparkWheel has been a trusted partner for schools and families, dedicated to removing obstacles and filling gaps that hinder student progress. Our passionate and committed staff work directly inside schools, collaborating with community partners to provide comprehensive support. SparkWheel's mission is to be personal champions for students, ensuring they have the resources and encouragement needed to reach their full potential.

In today’s educational landscape, many students face significant challenges with limited resources. SparkWheel steps in to provide crucial support, from academic assistance to personal development, helping students navigate their path to success. Our programs are designed to address the unique needs of each student, fostering a supportive environment where they can thrive.

The American Eagle Outfitters Foundation is deeply committed to investing in and giving back to the communities that contribute to their success. This grant is part of their broader effort to create positive change in areas that matter to both their customers and associates. By supporting SparkWheel’s initiatives, the AEO Foundation is helping to build a brighter future for the youth in Ottawa.

"We are incredibly grateful to the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation for their generous support," said Noelle Haselhuhn, Communications Manager of SparkWheel. "This grant will significantly enhance our ability to support students at Ottawa Middle School and Ottawa High School, helping them to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams."

The $9,000 grant from the AEO Foundation will be used to expand and enhance SparkWheel’s programming, providing more resources and opportunities for students to succeed. This funding will directly impact the lives of many young people, ensuring they have the support they need to excel academically and personally. 


About American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) Foundation

The American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) Foundation is committed to building a better world and showing the world that there’s REAL power in the optimism of youth by supporting causes that educate and empower teens and young adults. We strive to create positive change by awarding grants to non-profit organizations at a grassroots level in the communities of Pittsburgh, New York City, San Francisco, Hazleton, Ottawa, and Mississauga (Ontario area). Local 501(c)3 organizations are invited to apply to support programming for teens and young adults in the locations mentioned above. Learn more at


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