SPARTA, NJ – In the wake of the many natural disasters this year, Sparta High School student decided to do something to help.  Students Michele Scaglione and Corinne Groome started a Red Cross club.

Last spring the two girls asked teacher Craig Merrill to be the advisor for the new club and got approval from the Sparta Board of Education. 

The club members got together to hold fundraisers for hurricane relief.  Their efforts included can shake collections at the nigh of lights during home coming and a jeans day for faculty.  They raised $650.  In addition, two people donated an additional check for $200 as part of the club’s can shake.

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The students raised $1050 for the Red Cross. 

“We would like to say that we started the club because we wanted to provide an opportunity for students to get more involved and give back to the community,” Club President Scaglione and Vice President Groome said. “Our club also raises recognition for the American Red Cross and helps them fulfill their mission to help those affected by disasters.”