SPARK has it’s roots in a series of three community convenings dedicated to answer the question:  What will it take for all students to be successful?  

The Grand Rapids Herald Review wrote about the early convening that gave rise to the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success and later SPARK in this story first published in 2010.  

For years, the Blandin Foundation has held an integral role in the advancement of the communities in the Itasca area. But what is the basis of all advancement that is required for any society? The answer is simple: Education.

Earlier this year, the Blandin Foundation teamed up with IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative) and held a series of three discussions open to the community on how to further student success. Keep reading here.