Garfield Helps Kids at SparkTop.org
Posted on March 1, 2005Today Schwab Learning, a nonprofit program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation dedicated to helping families of children with learning and attention problems, has announced a partnership with cartoonist Jim Davis, creator of comic icon Garfield. Through the partnership with Davis' organization, Paws, Inc., a specially selected Garfield comic strip as well as original Garfield activities and content will appear daily at Schwab Learning's SparkTop.org, a website designed exclusively for 8-12 year olds with learning difficulties.
Schwab and Davis found common ground in the issue of learning difficulties. Schwab himself suffers from dyslexia and often used comic books in school to study classic works of literature. Davis, who has spent over 25 years entertaining children and adults with the stories of Garfield and his friends, hears regularly from kids, parents, and teachers around the world who credit Garfield comic strips with strengthening their enthusiasm for learning. The comic strips and activities featured on SparkTop.org are designed to encourage self-esteem among kids who struggle with learning difficulties.
Update 5-5-15: The website is no longer active but leaves kids with the following message: "Always remember: no two brains spark alike! Focus on your strengths and reach for the stars!"