Students from Sparta High School were recognized during the June 28th
Sparta Board of Education meeting for collecting the largest amount of
food through the Champions for Charity food donation project.
Freeholder Director Jeffrey M. Parrott presented a trophy to National
Honor Society President Christopher Kerr, Vice President Jenny Konecnik,
who was in charge of the project, and Advisor Debra Allshouse. Honor
Society Secretary Sarah Konecnik was unable to attend the ceremony.
In addition to Freeholder Director Parrott, Sussex County Department of
Human Services, Division of Social Services Director Carol Novrit and
Sparta High School Principal Dennis Tobin both commended these students
as well as the entire student body at Sparta High School on their
outstanding work. Ms. Novrit also spoke of the grim state of the food
pantry prior to the Champions for Charity project and the major impact
this project has had on the lives of many Sussex County residents who
have been helped by food donations.
Freeholder Director Jeffrey Parrott and his wife, Lisa, donated a plaque
dedicated to Champions for Charity. The plaque was unveiled at the
Sparta Board of Education meeting and is now proudly hung outside the
Freeholders’ office at the Sussex County Administrative Center. A plate
engraved with the name of the school that collects the most food during
each school year will be added to the plaque annually.
Sparta High School is engraved on the first plate for the 2009-2010
school year. Sparta High School collected 19,930 pounds of food in
March 2010. Ten Sussex County High Schools collected a total of 88,480
pounds of food for the Department of Human Services, Division of Social
Services food pantry.