LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW)—The La Crescent High School Band is working on a very special fundraiser.
"In the city square, they presented us with a certificate that said they declared that day as Lancer band day," said Cassidy Woods, a junior percussion player.
When the La Crescent High School band arrived in Long Beach, New York, residents lined the streets and a police escort welcomed the students to town.
"A lot of the kids hadn't seen the ocean and they gave us an escort to the ocean," said Karen Woods, a parent volunteer. "And 129 kids ran off the bus, kicked their shoes off and ran to the water just squealing."
Just months after the Lancer Band's visit, the town of Long Beach was hit by hurricane Sandy.
"It was devastating," Cassidy said. "Like, almost everybody in that community lost their home."
Band students decided to use their December concerts to get the word out about Long Beach and raise money for the community that had been so welcoming to them.
"It's really nice to see what they're capable of cause I work with them and I know they're good students but to see a different side of them," said Jeff Copp, the band director. "We work on music, everyday, but see that they're capable of empathy, it's really what it's all about."
"I think the fact that the boardwalk, the place people first saw the ocean, having it be completely underwater and completely crushed," said Annie Jergenson, a junior trumpet player.
The money students collect will go toward buying gift cards from Long Beach businesses for Long Beach Residents.
"The people, you just keep thinking about them," Cassidy said. "I can only imagine the pain and the struggles that they're going through but it feels good to be helping them."
So far students have raised over $1300. If you want to make a donation, you can do so at Merchant's Bank in La Crescent.
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