SPARTA, NJ - A Sparta High School student is doing what she can to help local victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Rachael Schmidt, a senior, attended a Positivity Summit in Allamuchy in March.  Schmidt was sponsored to attend by Cornell Thomas, the creator of the Positivity Summit.

“I love his attitude, so I knew it would be good,” Schmidt said. 

It was there she heard about victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

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"I was inspired to dive into an issue that needs more attention than what it gets," Schmitd told a group of parents, classmates and school administrators at the Sparta High School PSTO meeting.

She learned about the work done by Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services or DASI.  Schmidt told the group she read "they were stretching funds as far as they could go." 

"I thought, aside from taking a 60-hour training course to work at DASI, the one thing I could do was to help raise money," Schmidt said. So, she set up a gofundme page hoping to raise $1,000 for the Newton based organization. 

Responding to a few questions from the meeting attendees Schmidt told the group the about the organization.  Two Sparta police officers who were attending the meeting to give a presentation on a different matter affirmed Schmidt's assertions about the good work done by DASI

Detective Jeff McCarrick and Detective Brian Hassloch explained that DASI assists them when working with victims of domestic and sexual violence.  "They send a nurse...and help with emergency shelter.  They are really helpful."

Sparta High School Social Studies teacher Emily Scott told the group about Morning Glory, a thrift and gift shop located in Andover.  Items can be donated or purchased and the proceeds go to DASI.

Schmidt hopes to reach her goal by the end of June when she graduates. Schmidt plans to study marketing at George Mason University in Virginia.