SPARTA, NJ-The Municipal Alliance held a contest for Sparta high school students to recreate a logo for their organization. Sparta High School student Chase Conrad's design has been chosen. The freshman's design incorporates the acronym SMART in a bold burgundy oval. SMART represents Sparta Municipal Alliance Resource Team.
Originally formed in 1977 under the name Youth Development Committee, it was renamed Municipal Alliance Committee in 1990, according to information published by Sparta Township. Local municipal alliances fall under the funding umbrella of the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. They are established by local ordinance to coordinate residents, local government, law enforcement and school officials, faith communities and other non-profit organizations together with parents and youth to promote programs that seek to prevent substance abuse.
Mayor Molly Whilesmith talks about the role of the Municipal Alliance in Sparta, "Substance abuse knows no socioeconomic boundaries. We support education in both the schools and the community so that more awareness is brought to this topic. We want to teach kids to never let their guard down. One bad decision can end a life and life is too precious to trade for a brief 'high'."
The Sparta committee consists of committee consists of Michael Dempsey, Marianne Dilworth, Rita Drevitson, Rev Carol D Gadsden, Kacey Dalton, Michael Dempsey, Marianne Dilworth, Rita Drevitson, Rev Carol D Gadsden, Doug Layman, Julie Schuldner, Suzann Schroepfer, Marjy Scott, Mark Scott, Cpl Sue Parks, Mayor Molly Whilesmith. Sparta schools Superintendent Dennis Tobin and the township manager, William Close serve as Ex-Officio members.
The funding of these committees comes from fines levied against individuals convicted of drug related crimes. The Drug Education Demand Reduction Fund provides matching grants to the 400 local organizations.