SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School hosted SafeStock, an annual outdoor event to allow for students to unwind and relax. SafeStock took place just as Advanced Placement exams were completed on the Friday before Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer.

Students attended SafeStock during their gym periods, heading outside to enjoy a variety of activities and get something to eat.

Seniors from the extracurricular club Find the Courage host SafeStock each year to promote positive school culture, with advisor Lynn D'Amelio. Find the Courage is an anti-bullying club for seniors who have proven themselves as leaders in the school community.

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From competitive tennis and volley ball to painting rocks, relaxing and music there was something for every type of student.  

Students were able to play volleyball, spike ball, Bean Bag Buckets, parachute, and tennis. There was a station set up with tents and yoga mats for students who wanted to simply relax.

Evan Roque, Alex Hofgesang, and Thomas Blake played music outdoors all day, showcasing their musical talent with Roque on vocals, Hofgesang and Blake playing guitar.

Additionally, a dunk tank and a makeshift slip and slide were set up to combat the heat. Senior James Lynch won a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, in the friendly, longest golf drive competition.

Members of both the Sparta and New Jersey State Police Department donated their time and set up fatal vision goggles demonstration. The goggles simulate impairment that comes with being drunk.

Under the supervision of the officers, students sixteen and older could attempt to drive a golf cart wearing the goggles. A related station had students simulate a field sobriety test wearing the goggles.

Sparta High School's School Resource Officer or SRO and Student Assistance Coordinator or SAC got bagels donated for the morning classes and burgers and hot dogs were donated and grilled by members of the Sparta VFW in the afternoon.

Event organizers thanked:

  • Stop and Shop for donating $1000 of bottled water,
  • Lavanta Coffee and Bagel in Sparta and  Adam's Bagels in Jefferson for donating bagels,
  • the Sparta Fraternal Order of Police and New Jersey State Police for donating their time and resources and assistance in setting up the event. 

Link to additional photos by the Elise Kerim