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Students to put on show to benefit tsunami victims

February 03, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The tsunami that has claimed the lives of between 158,000 and 178,000 people - with a death toll that continues to rise - has prompted people from around the world to open their hearts and wallets to relief efforts.

Students at Martinsburg High School are no exception.

On Friday, members of the school's band, concert choir and dance team will put on performances, with proceeds benefiting tsunami relief efforts.

Students must pay $3 to attend.

Three performances will be held. The first will be open to 11th- and 12th-graders, followed by a performance for 10th-graders. The last performance of the day will be for ninth-graders, said Cathy Ferro, communications leader at the school.

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Members of the community also are welcome to attend, but seating in the school's auditorium might be limited. Donations will be accepted, including from those who want to contribute, but do not plan to attend a performance.

Rubber bracelets, similar to the popular yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets, are being sold for $2 each, with those proceeds also benefiting tsunami relief efforts.

Ferro said students tossed around several ideas on the best way to raise the most money in a single day. They hope to raise $4,000.

Periodic updates on the tsunami have been announced over the school's speaker system to keep students informed. Students have been planning the fund-raiser for around a month.

"We're just trying to teach the kids to be good citizens," Ferro said. "We're doing more than just educate."

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