SPARTA, NJ- It was a day of safe fun on May 30 at Sparta High School. During their physical education classes and lunch period students were welcome to come to the back of the school for food, team building games and activities. There was popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream. Joelle Fusco, Taylor Gori, Maria Christodulo, Kaya Proctor and Physical Education teacher Dan Trappe braved the cold water of the dunk tank. Olivia Jones offered face painting.
At lunch students and staff were treated to hamburgers and hotdogs donated and prepared by the Stanziale family's Ronnie's American Barbecue Company. Judy Micera gave a Zumba demonstration in the gym. Mincera leads Zumba classes at the Sparta Athletic Club, Fit Express and the YMCA. The Sparta High School student garage band, the Hum Drums performed as well.
This event was a community effort. A student and her father donated the cotton candy. Sparta Dairy donated ice cream. There was also support from Kelly Bonventre and Pass it Along. Center for Prevention and Counseling was on hand with informational material. Lisa Fiorentine and the cafeteria staff provided resources as well.
Students in the organization Find the Courage organized the day and helped make it a success. They were visible throughout the day in their bright yellow t-shirts. The club includes:Abby Tracy AJ Espinosa Madeline Abatemarco Marissa Angelucci Isabella Ardizzone Mia Armstrong Julia Brozowski Kathleen Cannon Meghan Carolan Jimmy Cartier Maria Christoloulou Madison Colaco Claudia Connolly Shannon Currie Megan Edwards Sam Elliott Kaileigh Feijoo Joelle Fusco Taylor Gori Kalin Hagedorn Miranda Hoffmann Sarah Jacobson Olivia Jones Alex Kroudis Bridget Lynden Mackenzie Maguire Kira Manniello Johanna Margalotti Shannon McIntyre Jon Newfield Jill O'Connor Cassidy Perkinson Justine Potter Martin Price Xiomara Ramirez Lindsay Rippey Brittany Rivera Jessica Rogers Sally Roscoe Dana Rucereto JP Schultz Christina Simon Caroline Stoch Nicole Sullivan Alex Takas Cullen Walsh Veronica Wilgan Zoe Willis Carly Wolfson Elizabeth Zanetakos Austin Zensen Tiffany Zielenski
"SafeStock began in 2005 as an event to promote community building withing the school environment and the town of Sparta," explains Lynn D'Amelio , advisor of the sponsoring Find the Courage student group. "Students wanted to name it SafeStock in relationship to an anti-drug message...and to show that peaceful and band enviroment as the historical even Woodstock but a safer version. Students at Sparta High School remember their older siblings experience from 2005 and wanted to carry on that tradition. They choose that name again."