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.
“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.