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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.

— Even without the food drive, for many students, participating in the national championships — where, according to Meghan Piper, the district’s public information officer, the band took fourth place Saturday night — is a life-changing experience.

“It’s a huge honor,” Harris said. “You have to be invited to go. The band has done very well. They finished eighth the first year, sixth the next year and they finished third last year. They continue to climb the charts, which is awesome. This is the first year that it’s been in the new Giants Stadium, so that is so exciting for these kids. You’re watching an NFL game and, ‘I’m going to stand right there and march right there.’ It’s such a cool experience. And they’ve been great as far as hosting us and trying to help us find places to rehearse and such. It’s such a cool experience. We’ve got everybody from kids in fifth or sixth grade who are prop ninjas all the way up to seniors who are going to step onto the field at MetLife for the first time in their lives, and what an awe-inspiring thing that will be.”

More school collections:

The staff at Roxboro Road Middle School collected shoes and socks for those affected by the hurricane at the urging of teacher Janice Richardson, whose next-door neighbor is a Long Island native who planned a trip there last Thursday to retrieve her mother.

“Her entire family and community have been affected by the devastation,” Richardson said. “When she asked what people there need the most, the response was gently used or new socks and shoes. Apparently, everyone’s shoes are either wet or destroyed. Any size or kind is being accepted.”

Richardson’s neighbor and her daughters brought all collections directly to the area last week. About ?? pairs of shoes and ?? pairs of socks were collected from the RRMS community.

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