SPARTA, NJ - Safe Stock Part I gave the students of Sparta High School a chance to have a break from their usual routine last week.  During the physical education classes the Spartans played backyard type games like Corn Hole bean bag toss, a variation of volleyball, Can Jam frisbee toss, foursquare basketball game in the main gym.  They also had a chance to tryout the Fatal Vision glasses, brought by the Center for Prevention.  They demonstrate how coordination and judgment is compromised when drinking.  

Of course there was music.  This year it was 80's music.

In the auxiliary gym, Castle Ball was popular.  A combination of dodge ball and capture the flag, the competition was serious.  On the other side of the gym students could sample and judge cupcakes created in Jenevieve D'Amico's Culinary Arts classes. This was also quite popular and the treats were gone by noon.

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"We had done a survey of the students and they said they needed a break from the stress of being a high school student," Principal Janet Ferraro said.  "We listened but we also wanted to do something about it.  This is the first of two events to give them a chance to have a break, without missing regular classes- which can cause more stress."

Physical Education teacher Lynn D'Amelio oversaw the events but the student volunteers organized and conducted the day.  

She is working on a second Safe Stock day in May to be held outside.  Once again while the students are in physical education classes they can go outside for fun.  So far they have Ronnie's All American Bar-B-Que Co donating a barbecue lunch, Sparta Police and Center for Prevention will have a golf cart and fatal vision goggles.  

"In our club, our philosophy is that we do not generate funds.  We need everything to be donated," D'Amelio said. "Anyone willing to make a donation of items or services to complement the day would be appreciated." She can be reached by email.