SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Middle School took part in Red Ribbon Week, with several different activities to discourage drug use.  They joined schools nationwide that participate in drug awareness educational programs each year at this time.

“The students at Sparta Middle School observed Red Ribbon Week with a week filled with spirit and activities,” the guidance counselors Jenna Mathesius and Blair Scrudato said. 

As the students came to school on Monday they found their lockers decorated with red ribbons that everyone wore throughout the week. The ribbons symbolize a commitment to live a drug free life, according to the guidance counselors.  Additionally, the week started with students and staff wearing red. 

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Students and staff brought donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items for the community representing the message “We Can All Say No to Drugs.”

Each day during the morning announcements, the students began the day with lessons for their students about the effects of drugs and alcohol. 

The school was filled with anti-drug messages especially as students and staff participated in a door decorating contest with the theme of a drug free Halloween. 

Finally everyone was invited to guess the number of red Swedish fish were in a mason jar.  A seventh grade student and sixth grade math teacher Bonnie Arendarski won for the closest guess.