SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Kiwanis took over the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Sunday, inviting local families to their free fall family fun fesitival.

Children painted pumpkins, got Halloween tattoos, searched for a “bone” in a haystack and navigated a maze.  Sparta High School students in the Key Club helped with all of the activities.

They had approximately 200 participants.  “We would like to make this our signature event with 2000 participants,” Kiwanis President Jim Peters said.

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According to Peters, the Kiwanis had a few partners to help with the afternoon fun.  Stop and Shop donated the cider and donuts, Heavenly Hills provided the pumpkins, Frank Banna and Sons provided the hay.

The Key Club volunteers:

  • Lisette Stoute,
  • Hannah Williams,
  • Kristen Bradish,
  • Lizzi Botta,
  • Emma Sears,
  • Mikayla Flanz,
  • Matthew Patino,
  • Bella Verdesco,
  • Natalia Brownstein,
  • Alexa Acker,
  • Hayley Ouimette,
  • Lauren Matus,
  • Julia McEllen,
  • Becca Lefkowitz,
  • Will Hannan,
  • Kori Griffin,
  • Veronica Codjoe,
  • Emily Vreeland,
  • Elizabeth Abbastante,
  • Allie McGuire,
  • Beth Nedelka,
  • Liv Przydzial,
  • Jessie Vincelette,
  • Nick Murray,
  • Jamie Rubin,
  • Jack Maraziti,
  • Colin Kowalski,
  • Julia Antonelli,
  • Jenna Morelli,
  • Olivia Morin,
  • Isabella Sargent,
  • Lindsey Hunt,
  • Olivia Lee,
  • Katie Groome,
  • Bella Poles,
  • Kate Esso,
  • Jaqui Gendreau,
  • Luke Kopco,
  • Thomas Dean

Every year the community organization distributes scholarships to seniors at the three high schools in Sparta.  They have donated more than $500,000 in scholarships.  They have also raised more than $500,000 for the Salvation Army.  New members are always welcome. Call 973-459-0194.