Sparta High School Latest Champions for Charity
Sparta High School students have joined the battle against hunger in Sussex County. On February 25, 2010, the latest Champions for Charity held a food drive to benefit the food pantry at the Sussex County Division of Social Services, where the demand for food continues to grow faster than the agency's ability to meet the need.
Sussex County Freeholder Director Jeffrey Parrott and Freeholder Richard Zeoli were on hand to assist with the food collection and congratulate students and faculty at Sparta High School for their efforts in collecting over 19,000 pounds of food, the largest collection to date.
Jenny Konecnik, Vice President of the National Honor Society led the Honor Society in involving the entire school in the food drive. A departmental competition to see who would collect the most food added fun and excitement to the effort. The Life Skills class was responsible for collecting and weighing the food for the competition.
Pope John XXIII Regional High School was the first to participate in "Champions for Charity" on November 3, 2009, followed by High Point Regional High School on the 16th of December and Wallkill Valley Regional High School on January 14th. Sparta is the fourth of ten high schools participating in this project, which is designed to help maintain food supplies over the course of the year and not just at holiday time, when both donations and demand are at their highest.
If anyone is in need of food for themselves, their family or their pets, they can stop by the Division of Social Services, 83 Spring Street, Suite 203, Newton, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary.