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Marching Warriors take donations to Sandy survivors

Students from the Liverpool High School Marching Band help load donated goods onto a truck for delivery to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Helping is marching band parent Joe Cavataio, who handles PR for the marching band.

Students from the Liverpool High School Marching Band help load donated goods onto a truck for delivery to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Helping is marching band parent Joe Cavataio, who handles PR for the marching band. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— This past Saturday, kids from the Liverpool Central School had the chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

It wasn’t just the opportunity to compete at the USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, though the students did have that honor.

They also participated in the USBands’ food and hurricane supplies drive, carried out in partnership with the Salvation Army, to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The idea for collecting donations came from marching band parent Maureen Wood, who is coordinating the trip to New Jersey.

“My husband came up with the idea of the donations,” Wood said. “I sent it out, because I was coordinating this.”

Wood presented the idea to the band’s leadership, and it took off from there. Sky Harris, music teacher at Chestnut Hill Middle and Elementary Schools and assistant director of the marching band took over disseminating the information.

“The thought process came from, we’re going to this competition in New Jersey, and U.S. Bands is working with the Salvation Army to coordinate this drive nationwide, so any bands that are coming from all over the country, they said, you know, ‘Do a drive in your hometown and bring this stuff to the stadium with you when you come.’ This was our response to that,” Harris said. “We got the word early in the weekend, like Friday in the middle of the day, so we started putting fliers together and mailings and things and trying to get them out to everybody. We thought we’d use the three middle schools and the high school, because they’re fairly centrally located as drop-off points. So we set it up over the weekend. Barrels went up Monday morning. We sent mailings out to all of the teachers in the district, all of the staff in the district, out to community members, anybody that we had access to e-mail addresses for, it’s been on the news — just trying to get the word out.”

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