KBR recently made a $5,000 donation toward the construction of a SPARK Park at Freeman Elementary School.
Last year, Freeman Elementary was accepted to be a part of the SPARK Park program, sponsored by the City of Houston. The SPARK School Park Program was developed in 1983 as a way to increase park space in the Houston area. The late Eleanor Tinsley, former Houston school board member and former Houston City Council Member created the non-profit organization to develop public school grounds into neighborhood parks.
Freeman is the fifth Pasadena ISD school to become a part of the SPARK Park program. The first SPARK Park in Pasadena opened at Parks Elementary School in 2007. Matthys Elementary recently dedicated their park and Garfield's park is in the initial phase of construction. Kruse Elementary was also recently approved to receive a SPARK Park.
SPARK combines the resources of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Harris County, the private sector, neighborhood groups, PTA/PTO groups, and other community members to make these projects become reality.
As part of the SPARK Park program requirements, the schools selected are given a goal of raising $5,000 for their park. Freeman has held several fundraising events over the past year and is near reaching their goal.
For more information on Freeman's SPARK Park program or if you wish to donate, contact the school at 713-740-0568.