Annual Meeting Sparks interest

It was another weekday night and my mom was dragging me to another community gathering. As we walked in the door I asked, “What are we doing here?” The Children First annual meeting was filled with faces I had never seen. I was starting to wonder what I had gotten myself in to. We found a table to sit at and waited for the meeting to begin. It kicked off with some people, including former Vikings player Oscar Reed, telling us about their sparks.
A spark is basically something you love to do; are passionate about; something that makes you sing. Then when you have a spark, you need someone to tell you that you can do it; back you up and help make your spark possible, in other words, a spark plug. Later we broke down into groups to discuss our sparks. It was amazing listening to people talk about their sparks. We heard from a chiropractor whose spark was teaching. A banker, whose spark was being a parent to her niece and nephew and later adopting them. It is so interesting that these people have sparks that are completely different from their jobs or what they do, but you can tell that just thinking about it makes them light up.
As I sat there listening to other people’s sparks, I started to think about mine. I had never really thought about it but at that moment it just came to me. Writing. Right then it seemed so obvious. It’s what I love to do. Read and write. When I started to explain my spark to the group, I got more and more excited. As a kid, it feels great to be able to tell adults something you are very passionate about. I am only twelve, but I’m guessing many kids in high school feel pretty lost about what they really want to do with their lives. A spark might not be what you end up doing in life, but it at least makes you feel like you are moving in a positive direction.
I think if grownups today had realized what their sparks were when they were younger, they would have felt more certain about the choices and decisions they made, and felt like they were on a good track. But it is never too late. Even if you are an adult or senior, try to find your spark. It might just lead to something big.

This article was written by Mariel Klaverkamp, a sixth grader at Park Spanish Immersion School. She is pictured above with Julie Sweitzer, School Board and Anne Mavity, City Council. All annual meeting photos taken by Jackie Adelmann.