SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School students and staff took time out to enjoy a bit of friendly competition and give back to the community for Winterfest.  On December 8 students who contributed toys for the Center for Prevention and Counseling were eligible to play in a school wide volleyball game.

The day's events were organized by student in the Find the Courage Club and Student Council members together with advisor Lynn D’Amelio.

With the entire student body and all of the staff cheering from the stands, the teams played off to get a chance to go up against a team from the Sparta Police Department.

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The police department also contributed to the collection of toys. 

“The police officers showed no hesitation with their willingness to help,” Physical Education teacher D’Amelio said.  “They played the final game against a team of seniors.”

The student won. Physical Education teacher and coach got a pie in the face as part of the bargain.

“You can’t beat youth,” Sparta Lt. John Lamon said.