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SparkWheel Secures $15,000 Grant from Pritchett Trust to Enhance Educational Support in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, KS – SparkWheel, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students and families, is delighted to announce the receipt of a generous $15,000 grant from the Pritchett Trust. This grant will have a significant impact on the schools in Pittsburg, Kansas, including Lakeside Elementary School, George Nettels Elementary School, Meadowlark Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, Pittsburg Community Middle School, and Pittsburg High School.


The funds from the Pritchett Trust will be allocated to cover program materials such as school supplies and office supplies, as well as essential needs like food/snacks, clothing, and hygiene items. These resources directly benefit more than 3,600 students in Crawford County across six of the schools that SparkWheel serves in Pittsburg.


During the last school year, SparkWheel provided a total of 17,862 essential needs items to students and families in the region. This grant from the Pritchett Trust will further amplify SparkWheel's mission to bridge gaps and remove barriers to education for students in need.

Frances Mitchelson, Pritchett Trust Grant Committee Chairman, expressed, “The Pritchett Trust committee is proud to honor the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett by awarding non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities with funds to make a lasting impact and improve the quality of life in Southeast Kansas.”


SparkWheel extends its heartfelt gratitude to the Pritchett Trust for their support, allowing the organization to continue making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of Crawford County students and their families.


About The Pritchett Trust

The Pritchett Trust, established in 1994, commemorates the lives of William B. Pritchett, a World War I veteran, and Athlyn C. Pritchett, long-time residents of Pittsburg. The couple, who operated the Pritchett Insurance Agency, became successful investors in oil and gas leases in Kansas and Oklahoma during the 1930s and 1940s. The Prichett Trust awarded more than $460,000 in grants will be distributed to 33 organizations, schools and municipalities in Southeast Kansas.

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