Fayetteville, North Carolina is likely not a place you’ve heard of unless you’re a native or stationed at world’s largest-by-personnel military base, Fort Bragg, located just up the road. But one Fayetteville school, The School of Hope, is at the center of things when it comes to families of children with autism.
Amy and Rob Sparks founded this school in memory of their son Jarred. Jarred was an optimist, seeing the good in everyone and everything; a competitive swimmer in the Special Olympics; and a student whose best educational fit involved incorporating behavioral therapy for autism into learning. He unexpectedly passed away at the young age of nineteen. But in his time with the Sparks, he changed their lives forever.