SPARTA, NJ – Dykstra Park will host a band concert on Friday night.   Sparta High School students have organized a concert in the park on to support the therapy dog program at the school. Just prior to spring break the two dogs, Franc and Stanley, were hit by a car.  Franc died and Stanley survived after having surgery to reconstruct his face.

The concert, organized by the Senior Class Student Council, will serve as both a memorial for Franc who was killed in a hit and run car accident, and a fund raiser to help the program continue.  The proceeds of the $5 admission fee will go to pay for Stanley’s medical bills and the training of the new dog Melvin.

The concert will begin at 6:30 and will feature performances from several local bands and musicians.  Most of the musicians are Sparta High School students.  Games and food will be part of the evening as well. 

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“The concert will be a great opportunity for the community to come together in support of a fallen member, while showcasing the school’s incredible musical talent,” Sparta High School Student Sean Lowery said.

The students have also set up a gofundme page, which has raised nearly $2,600.  Stanley’s medical bills were $6,900.  Melvin cost $3,000 according to Guidance Director Kacey Dalton Dalton founded the program that quickly took hold with the dogs becoming important members of the high school and middle school staff.