SPARTA, NJ – Students at Sparta Alpine Elementary School celebrated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day last month with several activities.  The district’s youngest students learned about dialing 911 for emergencies and to look for police if they are lost or feel scared and alone, according to Taran Malaro the Media Specialist at Alpine.

Malaro hosted the students in the media center throughout the day.

“We discussed their crucial role in our community's safety and the lengths these men and women go to protect us and make our area a fun and safe place to live and play, such as working holidays, nights, bad weather, and facing the scary things we would normally run from,” Malaro said. “Kids were so shocked to hear some kids parents aren't with them on holidays or at night time when they sleep.”

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The children from kindergarten to second grade shared times they had experiences with police or even saw them in the community.  After the discussion students wrote notes of appreciation to the police officers in the area.

Second grade student Francesca Soares said, "Thank you so much for working so hard to keep us safe!"


The letters have been hung up in the police station in Sparta and in the Trooper Barracks in Hampton.

“It was amazing the things kids came up with to say,” Malaro said. “So much love and appreciation. I was so proud when I brought the letters to the Sparta Police Department and State Troopers.” 

In return, the students at Alpine received thank you notes from the law enforcement officers.  They were displayed on the Smart Board for all students to see.