Baldwinsville: Ray thanks troops with collection

Ray Middle School recently held a two-week collection of items for military personnel serving overseas in recognition of their sacrifices for and dedication to the United States. The school's student council conducted the collection. More than 6,000 items including letters were collected and sent in care packages.

When Tammy Williams, a music teacher at the school, asked her students if they would like to write and record songs for a CD for the care packages, they didn't hesitate to say yes. Williams teaches three periods of music. All three classes loved the idea of creating a class song and the students began researching patriotic songs and stories to sparks ideas for their original songs.

The classes composed their songs using JamStudio.com, a free online resource to write and mix music. Every student was involved in some aspect of the song composition including writing lyrics and chords. The project incorporated the music and technology curriculum while providing students with an opportunity to express their appreciation to the men and women who are serving our country.

Girl Scout Troop 10604, the members of which are all Ray students, donated 70 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be distributed to students and staff members at the middle school who have a family member serving in the military.

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