sparton back to school mcinnis elementary
BEACON PHOTOS/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN TARGET AUDIENCE — Among the helpers Aug. 4 was RJ Lundy, whose mother, Liz Lundy, teaches at McInnis Elementary School. RJ is a rising fourth-grader at McInnis Elementary.

Volusia County Schools students went back to class Aug. 15, and students at McInnis Elementary School in DeLeon Springs got some support from a locally based company.

Sparton provides critical undersea-warfare solutions to the U.S. Navy and its allies, as well as engineered products for the defense industry. The company collected school supplies with a supply drive, and raised an estimated 95 percent of what teachers asked for.

“I am so grateful for the ongoing support from the Sparton Corp. for McInnis Elementary School families,” Principal Paul Struska told The Beacon. “Over the last two years, they have donated over $40,000 worth of school supplies for our students. This has decreased barriers for student learning and allowed us to increase our school grade by 6 percent over the last two years, despite the negative impacts of the pandemic on student learning.”

For Sparton, it’s about being a member of the community.

“Sparton has been a West Volusia County resident for over 50 years, and we feel that it is important to engage with our community and support it where we can,” Executive Assistant Christine Cartwright said. “This is the second year that Sparton has taken the lead on school supplies, and we will continue to support them in the future.”

McInnis Elementary has 401 students, and a few of them, like R.J. Lundy, was present Aug. 4 to help unload school supplies. That’s because his mom, Liz Lundy, is a teacher at McInnis.

“We’re grateful for all of the things that were donated,” Lundy told The Beacon.

School supplies gifted by Sparton, including notebooks, tissues, pencil boxes and more, are supplies individual teachers and administrators won’t have to purchase out-of-pocket.

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