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Community Impact

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Mission Statement: 

SPPS Community Education is committed to spreading joy, inspiring changemakers, building community and strengthening equity and inclusion. Scroll through our current projects and please contact us with any suggestions for future Community Impact Programs: commed@spps.org.

Share the Love

Since 2015, Share the Love activities have inspired thousands of SPPS students annually to participate in building strong communities. SPPS students work together to identify people in their communities who they want to thank or support with a positive message. Students create cards for their chosen recipients with supplies provided by Community Education.

Share the Love past recipients have included: Local elders, fire fighters, school staff, veterans, recent immigrants and families experiencing houselessness.

SPPS staff register their students to participate. Details for registration are posted in The Bridge in January. 

Art Kits for Kids

In 2020, we launched the first year of Give Together: Art Kits for Kids. Our community contributed over $2800 which helped us pack art supply kits for 600 hundred children in St. Paul. Young people were surprised with art kits in the mail and were invited to a series of virtual art classes over the school break.

SPPS staff nominate their students to receive Spring Break Art Kits. Details for how to nominate are posted in The Bridge in March.

Students who received art kits can find more information here.

Read Brave

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In 2020, Community Ed began partnering with Saint Paul Public Libraries to bring the voices of our community to youth each spring. Read Brave Saint Paul is a citywide, intergenerational reading initiative that centers the power of books to ignite empathy and help us think of big ideas to build a better Saint Paul. Read Brave connects readers of all ages to one another through the five books, their authors, programs, and a call to action. Community Ed offers book clubs and experiential learning opportunities at no cost to participants. See our winter and spring catalogs for course details.