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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.

— She hopes that taking that route, combined with conducting this food and supply drive, will force the students to look beyond their own worlds.

“My goal with these kids is, I want them to start reaching out past themselves, and I’ve been working on that with different things with the band,” Wood said. “I got them last year to start doing the Teal Ribbon Walk. They need to think out past themselves. That’s my mentality. That’s what I’ve taught my kids, and that’s what I want these kids to do. Kids live in their own little closed world, and even this doesn’t always mean a lot, but it’s something.”

Indeed, part of participating in the marching band and being a student at Liverpool, Harris said, is learning to be a better person.

“The school district does a lot. They do food drives. They do these kinds of things,” she said. “But this is something where they’re able to go, hands-on, talk to their neighbors, talk to their friends, bring it all down and then put it on the truck next to their instruments, and then take it all down there and hand it to the Salvation Army at the stadium. They’re actually there taking it to the people that need it and having them be able to have that one-on-one experience and be able to see that what they’re doing makes a difference. It’s exciting that they’re going on this field trip and it’s exciting that they’re going to national championships and all of that is a huge honor, but the more important things that we hope they get out of being students in Liverpool and students in the marching band is that they learn about what it takes to be a good person and a good team player. This is a great way to do that – a horrific way to be forced into it, but a wonderful opportunity for them to be able to get that hands-on service learning experience.”

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