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Program ignites "spark" in students, thanks to assistance of United Way of Kaw Valley

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Students who need a little extra support are finding it inside Topeka Public Schools through the SparkWheel program.

Ahead of United Way of Kaw Valley’s Day of Giving, Nate Wallace and Michael Williams visited Eye on NE Kansas to share information about SparkWheel and who UWKV helps them to help students.

SparkWheel, formerly known as Communities in Schools, addresses students’ needs outside the classroom which may impact their success inside the classroom. This can mean someone as simple as getting shoes for a students, to more complex challenges like connecting families with transportation.

SparkWheel receives a portion of its funding from UWKV. It operates inside Topeka High School, Topeka West High School, Highland Park High School, Ross Elementary and State Street Elementary.

You can support SparkWheel by donating to the Family Success area during UWKV Day of Giving, coming up June 5. On that day, donors will be asked to make their gifts to unlock matching donations from area business partners. The site will be



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