2022 Sparky Mission: Bridging the Digital Divide


Every year at Clarion Center for the Arts we choose a mission to support through various means in our classes and at our performances. This year's mission is to bridge the digital divide by raising money to provide Internet access and computers for people in need through EveryoneOn.org.


EveryoneOn helps unlock social and economic opportunity by connecting families in underserved communities to affordable internet service and computers, and delivering digital skills trainings. 52 million people in the United States are not connected to the internet, which means they cannot apply for employment, open a bank account or complete a healthcare application. Raising $2,500 would provide 10 computers to K-12 students, older adults and households or 10 years worth of Internet access for a families in need. All of the funds we raise will be allocated to Clarion County!


Here are some ways that we are raising money for this mission:


1. Donation Pledges for our annual Dance Competition

Our dance students attend one dance competition in Cleveland, OH, through the Ohio Dance Masters each year. To give these kids something more meaningful to dance for than just an award, we ask their friends and families to pledge a donation based on the awards they receive.


If you would like to be a part of this year's pledge fundraiser, you can pledge a donation online at the link below.


DONATION PLEDGE FORM


2. 20 Days of Giveaways

We celebrate the month of February every year with our 20 Days of Giveaways. Students are invited to complete different challenges each week to be entered into a daily prize drawing. Our Level 3 challenge is to bring in a Dollar Donation for our annual cause!


3. Sparky Bucks

Sparky is our mascot and students can earn "Sparky Bucks" in class for practicing, working hard and being a good friend. Students then have the option of spending their Sparky Bucks in our Sparky Store OR donating them toward our mission! If students collectively donate 1,000 Sparky Bucks, CCA will personally finance five months of Internet access for a family in need!


4. Recital Fundraiser

When parents and guests purchase tickets for our 2022 Spring Dance/Circus Recital, they'll have the opportunity to make a donation to EveryoneOn. They can also drop off a donation at the show!


We're looking forward to seeing the impact this fundraiser makes for our community!