Gordon Middle School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania is the home of the Sparks After-School program.
Some facts about this program:
The students at Gordon Middle School reflect Coatesville's diversity: 64 percent Caucasian and 36 percent minority. Most of the students come from either dual-income or single-parent families who struggle to balance work, school, and home lives.
The Sparks After-School Program has built students' interest in school and provided extra academic support in a safe and structured environment. Many of the initial 30 Sparks students were considered academically or socially at risk. After one year in operation, enrollment is 67, and students once at risk are now doing well academically. They're also joining extracurricular after-school activities in unprecedented numbers.