Our Mission


SPARC has been the primary source of outside funding for the performing arts programs in the Summit Public Schools since 1996.  Due to the changing landscape of state funding for our schools, outside financial support for our programs is needed now more than ever!  During the 2019-2020 school year, SPARC funded over $35,000 grant requests!


SPARC supports the following programs:
  • Theater productions at the elementary, middle and high schools
  • LCJSMS TEDx program
  • LCJSMS Debate Team
  • SHS Speech & Debate Team
  • SHS Step Team

In addition to providing financial assistance, SPARC also:

  • Maintains an inventory of technical equipment (wireless microphone sets and LED spotlights) that are used to enhance productions at each school  
  • Awards scholarships to graduating seniors at our year-end Senior Salute Ceremony
  • Hosts a Meet The Performing Arts Coaches forum for rising middle and high school students. 



SPARC is a NJ-registered non-profit organization as recognized under IRS section 501(c)(3) so donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. SPARC also qualifies for corporate matching gift programs. Please contact us if you would like more information about donations or matching gifts.

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Our Board

Julie Cahillane
Suzanne Henry
Development Officer
Sue Huffman
Recording Secretary
Jesse Reyes
School Liaisons​

Stacie Collins & Hazel Siegel

Summit High School


Heather Grondin
Sarah Edgar & Karla Ruiz
Laura Heil
Open Position
Annie Schiffmann
Lincoln Hubbard
Laura Lameo