Raines High School students raising money for Sandy relief

6:06 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local high school students are showing us all the true meaning of the season. They are raising money to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

It began as a simple idea.

"I was sitting there on my bed watching the news thinking we have got to help in some way," tells director of dance Dana Brett at William M. Raines High School.

That is when the light bulb went off for Brett to use the Winter Concert at Raines High School to raise money for Hurricane Sandy's victims.

"I thought it was pretty cool, it was a way for Raines to help out and give back," said student Maryah Crews.

So the students are raising their voices, moving their feet and warming up their fingers to help those who nearly 900 miles away.

"It was kind of heartbreaking because it could have been us, it could have been anybody," said senior Uriah Oden.

For others, the images of destruction hit a little too close to home.

"It reminded me of Hurricane Katrina and my family was affected by it in new Orleans. It was just very devastating to me," says student Taylor Barnes.

So this is their way of reaching through the distance and offer help.

The Winter Concert will be Thursday night at Raines High School at 6 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door, $4 for adults and $2 for students.

"Even if it is a little amount of money," says Crews," I hope that at least our thought counts."

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