COMMUNITY PARTNERS — Organizing and delivering DeLeon Springs defense contract company Sparton’s donations to McInnis Elementary wouldn’t have been possible without the company’s staff. Pictured are, from left, Jerry Hunter, CEO Tracy Howard, Troy Schlote, Clint Fleming, Christine Cartwright, Melissa Bentley, Becky Bruno, Ivonne Cotto and Brian Garrison. More Sparton team members helped with the company’s school supply donation project who are not pictured.

As it has in past years, DeLeon Springs-based defense contract company Sparton gifted school supplies to nearby McInnis Elementary School ahead of the school year’s start.

Executive Assistant Christine Cartwright estimated the company donated roughly 90 percent of what the school will need for the 2023-24 school year.

“Sparton itself donated 49 cases of paper to take care of the needs of the entire school for the year,” Cartwright said. “Sparton employees donated everything else for grades VPK-5.”

The donations, she said, are all part of being a good neighbor.

A GREAT NEW START — McInnis Elementary School Principal Widalis Camacho and Media Specialist Lisa Bertolami work on moving school supply donations made to the school by DeLeon Springs company Sparton.

“Our good deeds go much further than simply supplying glue or pencils,” Cartwright said. “We are part of the goodwill in our community.”

McInnis Elementary School Principal Widalis Camacho said staff are thankful for the company’s support, sending “a heartfelt thank you to Sparton for their generous donation of school supplies.”

“This continued partnership,” Camacho said, “ensures that all our students are well-prepared for the learning journey ahead.”

As of Aug. 24, around 400 students were enrolled at McInnis Elementary School.


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