SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Educational Foundation passed a noteworthy goal at the June board of education meeting, having donated more than $1 million to the Sparta public school. The approval of six grants moved the foundation over that milestone.
“We simply cannot do what we do at the level we do without you guys,” Superintendent Michael Rossi said.
Trustee Dorothy LaBeau said, “Once the checks are delivered we will have donated over $1,013,000.” She said six years ago the million dollar goal was set. The “all-volunteer organization with no paid staff,” strives to “keep administrative costs to a minimum.”
Five of the eight trustees no longer have children in the Sparta schools, according to LaBeau
LaBeau reported the efficiency of funds for 2017 was “96 percent meaning we only use four cents from every dollar raised on administrative costs.” The foundation relies on donations from their high profile annual events including the Dragon Boat Festival and Krogh’s Turkey Trot.
They also have long running paver fundraiser where bricks can be personalized for inclusion at the school through the Alumni Walkway program or at Sparta Theater for the Pathways to Excellence program.
The June grants included phase three of the Chromebook initiative, robotics equipment upgrade and replacement, 10 additional rowing machines – bringing the total to 15, start up of Ukulele program at Mohawk Avenue School, eight systems to amplify sound in the classroom bringing the total to 52 and an SLA 3D Printer.
LaBeau highlighted some of the 73 grants approved at all five schools:
- 759 Chromebooks,
- two baby grand pianos
- CRISPR Genetic editing tool
- 75 iPads,
- $107,000 for robotics at high school, middle school, Helen Morgan and Mohawk Avenue schools
- Over 10,000 books,
- 16 stationary bikes,
- 67 document cameras,
- 30 mini computers for special education,
- $30,000 in science equipment at the high school,
- Electric orchestra instruments- the only program in New Jersey,
- Biodiesel project at the high school,
- Coral Reef learning center at high school including a shark tank and coral reef tank,
- Nikon cameras and photo studio at the high school,
- 3D printers,
- Sculpture garden,
- Art easels and display stands,
- Golf and other physical education equipment,
- Brit lingks,
- Smart boards,
- Small computers for keyboarding in second grade,
- Snow shoes for Alpine Elementary School,
The Sparta Education is linked to the Amazon Smile initiative
The 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2006.