SPARCS program has successful year

LEDGER – The Structured Psychology for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress, or SPARCS, program in Mitchell County Schools has enjoyed a successful year. 

SPARCS team members Matthew Hollifield, Jessica Ruegg, Angela Atkins and Michael Tountasakis attended the regular meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Education Thursday, April 11, and provided a report about the program’s success. 

The program works with adolescent-aged students that face out-of-school trauma that causes them to have trouble regularly attending school and focusing in the classroom. 

“I appreciate being able to do what we’re trained to do,” Hollifield said. “It’s worth it. It gets the kids in class.”

The SPARCS team said they have already noticed differences in students within the program. 

In many instances, they said, the program is the difference between a student staying on track in their studies and falling behind.

School board member Sam Blevins said a program like SPARCS did not exist when he was in school and added he sees the numerous benefits. 

“Many people suffered in years past, and there was no help,” Blevins said. “To see how far things have come, it’s wonderful.”

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