SPARTA, NJ –Sparta High School Project Graduation is looking for help.  The volunteer run event needs volunteers. 

Project Graduation provides a safe environment for Sparta High School seniors on the night of their graduation.  The effective program began 29 years ago in Sparta and has become a staple of high school graduation nights across the country.

“Our seniors and their parents appreciate the safe and fun way to celebrate and remember their high school years and graduation night,” committee chair Joanne Lopez said.

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They are looking for volunteers from the community to assist with the event.  Parents of Sparta alumni can return the favor of people who helped with their children’s event, parents of younger children can pay it forward or community volunteers can support the youth of Sparta. 

There are several volunteer opportunities:

  • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Student sign-in at the school   18 people needed
  • 8 -11 p.m. Decorate the venue and welcome students   6 people needed
  • 9:30 p.m. -6 a.m. Overnight chaperones who will drive themselves to venue   14 people needed
  • 8:15 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Bus Chaperones (bus departs at 9:15 p.m.)  10 people needed

As soon as the graduates have left the ceremony and taken all of the family photos they check in and get a wrist band for identification.  Next they will board busses to take them to Mendham.  The event is held away from town to discourage people from slipping away or crashing the party, according to organizers.

The graduates are treated to a night of fun that includes music, inflatables such as a bounce house or obstacle course, tennis, volleyball, swimming and of course food.  They can even sign up for a short massage.  Additional actives include video games, card games, board games, table tennis, foosball, temporary tattoos and door prizes.  In the early morning hours, a hypnotist comes to entertain the graduates.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email the committee

“Please consider being an overnight chaperone!” Committee organizer Debbie Schmidt said.  "It is a lot of fun!"

“It is a lot of fun! The more we have, the more fun it is for everyone,” Committee organizer Joe Galley said.