Teachers and Principals Say Thank You!


Dear Julie, SPARKS, and UGI – We had a fantastic time today. My students are very excited to go home and share with their parents all of the great things that they learned while with you today. Also, thank you for being flexible and continuing the experiments in my classroom so that my students did not miss out on anything. It was fantastic!

Together in education, Mrs. Erin Hamilton, Jersey Shore School District

Dear Julie and SPARKS, thank you so much for providing this opportunity to our students.  They love science and unfortunately do not get as many hands on science activities as we would like.  I know this will be an experience that they will remember for years to come.  Please keep us in mind for future workshops.

Samantha Smith, Jersey Shore SD

Dear SPARKS Program Facilitators, my fourth grade students took part in your Matter Monsters activity yesterday and I wanted to email and thank you for an excellent program.  You were engaging, educational, professional, and highly entertaining!  The program ties in nicely with our standards on the steps of the scientific method, and the students had an excellent review on the states of matter.  They also learned about endothermic and exothermic reactions, which was new vocabulary for them.  They could not stop talking about it, and they were beyond excited to take home their monsters!  Thank you so much for your time and hard work!

Sincerely, Megan Carr, Shippensburg Area SD, 4th grade Math & Science

Franconia Hovercraft Portion of Assembly     Fulton Elementary Class Photo 2015 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Dear SPARKS and UGI, I am writing in appreciation of the valuable learning experiences the SPARKS program provided to my students. Many of my students are inspired to learn more about science and conducting their own experiments after attending the activities yesterday afternoon!

The program instructors are extremely knowledgeable, competent, and able to relate to kids.  They made the learning process fun and engaging.  The teaching strategies utilized encouraged total participation and active engagement. Seeing the excitement on my students’ faces when observing the experiments’ reactions was priceless! Thank you for inspiring a generation of potential scientists!

With gratitude, Mrs. Emily Rickman, Shippensburg


Dear SPARKS Foundation, Thank you for bringing such a wonderful science program to Miller Heights.  Please pass along our many thanks to UGI for supporting this excellent program.  Our students were thoroughly excited to explore the states of matter in such a fun way!  Again, many thanks – 4th grade team at Miller Heights Elementary in Bethlehem, PA


Dear Julie and The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation, My fourth grade class had the pleasure of participating in the Science Explorers assembly and classroom instruction. It was my first time seeing the science “magic” happen and watch my students’ reactions while they learned. Thank you for providing such a high quality, fast paced, child friendly program. Anytime we have fire, chemical reactions that “blow up” and have magical monsters appear before their eyes, it’s a very good day. UGI can feel proud to have sponsored this day!

Thank you, Judy Martin, Fourth Grade Teacher, Washington Elementary School, Lancaster, PA 17602

Girl with Hands over Her Mouth      Clay Elem Most of the Class       OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Dear UGI,

It is with great pleasure to send this e-mail in regards to the tremendous learning experience my students had when The SPARKS science explorers came to my building (West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School) on November 1st. Thank you for funding this program and I can only hope it will continue for many years to come. Especially, since 4th and 8th grade students are assessed in a state assessment PSSA in science. As well as, a Keystone exam in biology upon entering the upper grades. Thank you for your support in allowing our students to achieve while sparking their interests in the sciences at the same time. – Daniel Corrado M.Ed, WHEMS 4th Science


Hi Julie, thank you so much for arranging the STEM visit to Bloomsburg!  Not only was the feedback from students and teachers positive, but the laughter and facial expressions during the experiments said it all.  The Press Enterprise, the local newspaper, did a nice spread of photos.   Please send contact information where we can send a thank you to UGI.  Also, please let the rest of your team know we are so appreciative of everything they did for us!

Have an explodingly awesome week! – Amanda Stutzman, Director of Curriculum, Bloomsburg Area School District


Dear UGI and SPARKS Foundation, thank you so much for supporting the science program that came to our school.  The presenters did an amazing job teaching our students. Not only did they have great classroom management, but they also kept the students engaged and were able to speak to them in a manner that the kids were able to understand. Thank you again for giving our students this opportunity.

Lisa Eiswerth, Salladasburg Elementary, JSASD


Ms. Merrill, thank you for bringing such a worthwhile program to our school.  The educators do such a great job of helping our students understand what can be complicated concepts for them.  The hands-on experience is fun, motivating, and most importantly, educational.  I most enjoy watching the students become excited by the results of their experiments.

We look forward to seeing this program return to our school in the future!

Diana Rivera, 4th Grade Teacher, Amanda E. Stout Elementary (Reading School District)

12.21.16      Hi Julie, Thank you so much for the wonderful experience of returning to Amanda Stoudt Elementary School and observing the Science Workshop “Matter Monsters”. I was SO impressed with your professional instructors and with the curriculum! It was amazing! – Karen Moser, ED of Wyomissing Education Foundation

Dear Julie, I am writing to thank you and S.P.A.R.K.S.  for another amazing day!  I think I was more excited than the students were, because this being my second year, I KNEW what was coming and I had my phone ready to record so we could watch it again in the classroom.  I even “wowed” my family with the video.

I can’t tell you how much I referenced that day throughout the rest of the year!  We often went back and discussed the different chemical reactions, the observations we made, the safety precautions that we used, and why we used them.  Even though 4th grade is the only grade in elementary school that takes the Science PSSA’s, precious little time is spent on science.

Your staff was amazing!  They explained everything in very kid friendly terms. They patiently answered all the questions the students asked.  The students loved their scientific names too!  Many used the cards as a bookmark for weeks afterward.

We would love to be considered for the program again next year, so please contact me when the time comes so that I can get the paperwork filled out.

Thank you, Peggy Columbus, Amanda Stout Elementary, 4th grade teacher, Reading SD



November 2016

Hi Julie,

The SPARKS Foundation science assembly was offered to us and we graciously accepted it for today. It was one of the best assemblies we ever had.  The instructors were amazing and the students loved it. It and the Classroom Visitation for 4th graders really met the fourth grade science standards.

Sincerely, Dave McAndrew, Principal of Penn-Kidder Campus, Jim Thorpe Area SD

2/14/17 Dear S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation and ENB – Thank you again for the wonderful presentation with our Fourth Graders.  Our students were so engaged by your instruction and the opportunity to do the hands on activities.  Everything was so well-organized and clear.  It was a great experience and they were still talking about it today. Thank you again, Susanna Grubb, Kissel Hill Elementary, Lititz, PA

3/2/17 – Dear Mrs. Merrill –

On behalf of our third and fourth grade students and staff, I would like to once again thank you for bringing this fabulous assembly program to Cumru. Our students were very excited and totally engaged throughout the show. We here at Cumru definitely know that SCIENCE ROCKS!

Sincerely – Dr. Kaskey, Richard R. Kaskey, Ed.D., Cumru Elementary School Principal, Shillington, PA

April, 2017 – Good Afternoon, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful assembly held at our school yesterday.  The students and I really enjoyed it and I thought it was a great way for the kids to learn such important concepts in a fun way.  Your staff was excellent, professional, and did a great job with the students at all of their various levels.

Thanks again, Ashley Schneider, Mount Penn Elementary, Antietam Area SD

Young scientist at Leonardo's Toy Chest Camp        Kindergartners with Volunteer Christy Pierce and Teacher and Radioactive Rachel   Testing for Acid or Base

3/15/17 Dear UGI and S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation, On behalf of my fourth grade class from Carter & MacRae Elementary, a HUGE thank you for sponsoring the S.P.A.R.K.S> program visit to our school on March 28. What an awesome experience my students had today.  From the ‘Tooling Around with Science’ assembly to the science workshop on “Matter Monsters” my students were actively engaged in the learning process.  Both their interest in science and learning new scientific information was obvious.  I wonder how many future scientists may have bloomed from the experience today!

Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity; please enjoy my students’ letters to you, enclosed.

Sincerely, Kristin Greenawalt, 4th grade teacher, Carter & MacRae in Lancaster, PA


Good morning Julie! We just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the SPARKS program at our school. The assembly that was given really entertained our students and gave them great insight on how different process worked. They have been talking about the assembly and the cool things that they observed for days!

The small group portion also was very enjoyable. The students’ faces lit up when they saw the chemical reaction in the glove. They couldn’t believe that it could cause the glove to inflate. They were truly blown away!

During the second experiment, it was interesting to hear their hypotheses trying to figure out what would happen when liquids were combined. They truly were shocked to see that when they mixed them they had started the process of the “matter monster”!!!! The students were thoroughly engaged throughout your program and we thank you very much for coming to see us! We hope to see you all again soon!

Sincerely, Brad Koehler, Tami Garber and Julia Boylan, Fourth Grade Team, James Buchanan Elementary School


Dear Ms. Merrill, on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Panther Valley Intermediate School, please accept our thanks and appreciation for the phenomenal science experience that was brought to our school on March 29, 2017. We are grateful to UGI Utilities for providing the finances to make this amazing program available to our students.

The presenters did a great job engaging our kids in the learning proves.  The hands on experiments were exciting to watch. The students loved the science “gear”, and we had a few students who wanted to wear their lab coats to school the next day. I saw many smiles and much enthusiasm as I walked around the classroom.

The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation has an incredible mission of promoting science literacy for students.  It was a wonderful opportunity for our school. Please pass along our thanks to those at UGI who made this possible.

Yours in education, Lisa A. Mace, principal

  • Class Photo 2007                    They Loved the Circuits


Julie, Galaxy Gray and UGI Team,

Thank you again for such a memorable experience with the “Matter Monsters” program. Seeing the students’ excitement and engagement is music to a teacher’s ears. Students look forward to The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation’s visit each year.

The presenters are always warm, welcoming, and thoroughly prepared. They are excellent communicators with students and we appreciate that they always step up to the service the needs of our very diverse population, with plenty of ELL students and students with special needs.

This year we decided to use our finished “Matter Monsters” in a new way. Students took them home to add any other decorations and accessories and brought them back to school so we could write narratives with them. We decided to have students write about an adventure that they went on with their Matter Monsters. Students loved it and it was an awesome way to tie science and writing together!

We appreciate all you do and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Miss Lewis & her 4th graders 🙂 Marissa Lewis, 4th Grade , Lafayette Elementary


I am writing about the program we had today, April 20, at Fulton Elementary Lancaster, PA.  The morning started with an assembly in the auditorium.  The presentation was well done all around.  The set up was very professional and interesting.  The presenter gave a clear message and was interesting.  The students were engaged and able to understand how to respond to her through her directions.  One teacher said it was the best assembly she has seen since she has been a teacher here, because it was engaging and educational.

The classroom time was just as well done as the assembly.  The science learning was clearly stated and interesting to the students. Thank you for this program!

Jonathan Wolfe, 4th Grade Teacher, Fulton Elementary, School District of Lancaster


Hi Julie… As far as the assembly presentation, that was the best Science Assembly our school ever had! It was appropriate for all ages. We chose 2nd through 5th grades because we knew it would be rather crowded with all of us there. My students couldn’t stop talking about what Solar Sarah taught them on stage. They all wanted to be one of those chosen to go up on the stage! They loved wearing the safety goggles, white lab coat, and learning safety habits practiced by scientists.

The experiments with the wood and alcohol really stumped them! It was great to have the audience always make a prediction before the actual test. Also, the visuals made it easy for all to see in the audience. Thank you!

Now…as far as the 4th grade rotations with Galaxy Gray and Radioactive Rachel….Wow! This was incredible! Our 4th graders learned so, so much about the 3 States of Matter. They loved all the surprising results such as the Matter Monsters and combining the various states of matter in the gloves! We, and I am speaking as our school, hope you will return next year so that our students have these opportunities to become excited with Science. We are also grateful to have generous contributors such as UGI. Thank you again! Suzanne Donato, 4th grade teacher at Carter and MacRae Elementary.

Young Scientists Take These Creations Home         Having Fun Exploring      Sarah and Class at Arrowhead with Teacher

4.27.17 Hi Julie!

The students at EMC absolutely LOVE the Science Explorer program!  The assembly grabs their attention and gives them a new found excitement about science.  The experiments they do in our fourth grades classrooms leave a lasting impression on their minds.  Students from last year still talk about the experience!

We enjoyed the program so much that we even started running a Science Explorers Club after school this year.  Students LOVED it every week and were sad when it was over.

Thank you so much for supporting this program and allowing it to be brought to our students.  We truly love it!

Mrs. Katelyn Carbone, 4th Grade Teacher, EMC Elementary School

 Hi Julie,

I just want to write a thank-you for the incredible science program you bring to our school.  A colleague and I liked the enthusiasm for science learning and the hands-on experiments so much that we actually taught three of the Science Explorers classes to students in grades 3 through 5.  We have received such positive feedback from parents and students that we will continue the program next year.

Thank you so much for making science exciting and understandable for kids!

Sincerely, Jill A. Kardane, 4th Grade Teacher, EMC Elementary School

4/4/16    Dear ENB,   I can’t thank you enough for the funding for our Science Day! The program is phenomenal, fits in with our State Standards and truly engages ALL students! Even my most reluctant learners were having a great time while learning. I saw laughs, questions and collaborating from everyone.    As a corporation, I’m sure that you wonder if the money is well spent. I can assure you that, educationally, it’s a way for all students to receive a quality program! Thank you!

  • Sandy  Vigilante, 4 grade, John Beck Elementary, Warwick SD


Dear Julie, I cannot express enough how wonderful this program is!  This is an amazing program that you put together for the students.  It aligns perfectly to our curriculum.  The ladies that come here are very prepared and everything always runs smoothly. It is a pleasure listening to them and I know our students love it.  It would be great to have them come back and do different experiments with the students.  Thanks so much for doing what you all do!!!

Wendy Campbell (4th Grade), West Berwick Elementary, Berwick, PA

5.24.17     Hi Julie,

Thanks again for another great year of science presentations.  The kids absolutely love it!  It was engaging and reinforced concepts that we have taught in our 4th grade curriculum.  This is one of the best assemblies that is provided for our students!! I am looking forward to more presentations in the future! 

Megan Culver, 4th Grade Teacher, West Berwick Elementary, Berwick Area School District

 Hello Julie, I just wanted to email and let you know how wonderful the SPARKS program went at West Berwick Elementary in Berwick, PA on 5/22/17.  The presenters had my students’ attention from the start.  The effective teaching strategies such as explicit directions, checking for student understanding and attention, calling all students to attention with eyes and hands free, and using hand motions while learning concepts helped my students learn and remain engaged the entire period.  Not only were the teaching strategies in place, but the name cards with students’ specialized ‘science’ names were a hit.  I had students asking me to call them by their science names the next day.  I thought the experiments were well done, clearly used the scientific method throughout, and incorporated lab tools (especially the lab coats!) and proper techniques seamlessly and beautifully.  Thank you so much for maintaining this wonderful student learning opportunity.

Sincerely,Patrick Brown, 4th Grade Classroom Teacher, West Berwick Elementary, Berwick Area School District