SPARTA, NJ- Sparta High School will be celebrating School Spirit Week next week, Dec 16th through the 20th with activities and events scheduled each day.  Students are encouraged to join together in their support of several charitable organizations as well.

Three organizations have been chosen to be promoted during Winter Spirit Week. Students can choose to support Project Self Sufficiency through donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children ages infants through teens, or  Gift Cards.  These items will be accepted to be distributed to local families in need.

The Sparta High School Key Club is promoting Stand Up for Cancer with the sale of ribbons to support various types of cancer research, for one dollar.  Ribbons can be worn on their "ugly sweaters" on Thursday.

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Recently formed Sparta High School STAC is running a non- perishable  food drive to benefit the Sparta Food Pantry.

Student Council advisor Angela DeLuccia-Davis explains, "each class will have a Heart prominently displayed in the cafeteria during Spirit Week.  Each member of the class that participates in one of these drives will help their class’s heart to grow in size with each day.  At the end of the week, we will calculate how many sizes each heart grew that day."

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In addition to the charitable donations, Spirit Week is to be celebrated with a different theme or activity for each day.  Monday starts the week with students dressing as their favorite character for Movie Character Monday.  The Musical Jam has been moved to Tuesday night.

Tuesday is Teacher Tuesday with staff dressing like high school students and students dressing like staff.   Additionally, there will be a Musical Jam and Bake Sale in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. with proceeds benefitting Student Council.  Wednesday becomes Gym Warrior Wednesday. 

Thursday is Ugly Sweater Day complete with a photo booth run by the Photography club. On Thursday night there will be the Student versus Faculty basketball game and pep rally.  Admission is five dollars, with proceeds going to support the Girls basketball teams.  Each class will have refreshments for sale.  The winter sports teams and coaches will be introduced.  

Friday is Spirit Day, opening day for most winter sports.  There will be a Wrestling match and all levels of boys Basketball beginning at 4 p.m.

A complete listing of all winter sports can be found on the Sparta High School page of the district website