SPARTA, NJ – Have you seen the yellow sheds at Sparta’s public schools? Alpine Elementary, Mohawk Avenue, Helen Morgan and Sparta Middle School each have one on their campus. They there to collect used clothing and raise money for a student safety program.
The Sparta Police Department receives $350 a year for each of the sheds. The money will be used to support the Law Enforcement Against Drugs or LEAD program for Sparta students, according to FOP President and School Resource Officer Dave Pridham.
"We are looking to expand the program. We currently teach more than 250 fifth grade students," Det. Sgt. Jeffery McCarrick said. "With one more grade we would be teaching another 250 students."
Last year the LEAD program ran in the fifth grade at Helen Morgan. This year the police department hopes to expand the program to additional grades, with additional funding from the sheds, according to Pridham, along with grant money from the Sparta Municipal Alliance.
Pridham said the clothing drop sheds will be set up through the whole school year.