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Sparklight Assists Local Teacher in Purchasing Back to School Classroom Supplies


August 8, 2023 – Joplin, Mo. – Students in special education teacher Annie Stover’s class at Joplin Early Childhood will have access to additional classroom supplies this fall, as the result of a recent donation from leading broadband provider Sparklight.


Sparklight purchased the classroom supplies on Stover’s Amazon wish list after she reached out to the company for assistance earlier this summer.


“Sparklight’s assistance will help ensure my students can start the year off on the right foot. The supplies purchased will help in many areas, such as fine motor skills and social and cognitive development,” Stover said. “I am thankful to Sparklight for helping me acquire classroom materials that will help build a strong foundation for academic learning and a welcoming environment for my students.”


Sparklight Joplin General Manager Jim Duck said the company is committed to strengthening and improving the Joplin community where its associates live and work.


“Sparklight is pleased to support teachers like Annie Stover, who are committed to ensuring their students have access to the materials they need to be successful,” Duck said. “We want to thank Annie and all Joplin teachers who work tirelessly to prepare students for a bright future.”


In addition to investing more than $19 million in the Joplin area over the past three years to bring its customers fast and reliable internet they can rely on, Sparklight is committed to being a strong community partner. Through educational programs and donations of time and resources, Sparklight seeks to make a positive impact in the cities and towns it serves, concentrating its support in the areas of education and digital literacy; food insecurity; and community development.


Over the past two years, Sparklight has awarded more than $11,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in the greater Joplin area, including the Webb City Farmers Market and the Recovery Outreach Community Center. Additionally, Sparklight has sponsored and/or volunteered with Missouri Southern State University, the Joplin Memorial Run and the Downtown Joplin Alliance.


For more information about Sparklight’s Charitable Giving Fund, visit




About Sparklight
Sparklight® is a leading broadband communications provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, which serves more than one million residential and business customers across 24 states.
Powered by a fiber-rich network, Sparklight provides consumers with a wide array of connectivity and entertainment services, including high-speed internet and advanced WiFi solutions, cable television and phone service. Sparklight Business provides scalable and cost-effective products for businesses ranging in size from small to mid-market, in addition to enterprise, wholesale and carrier customers.


Aaron Scherle

External Communications Manager