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Benefit to raise money for student trip to Louisiana

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TOWNSEND — A “Band-Aid” benefit concert will be held to help fund a high school student trip to Louisiana. The trip was planned for February but that date may be changed, said North Middlesex Regional School Committee member Dennis Moore.

“It’s going to be a trip that’s going to need a certain degree of funding,” said Moore.

Earlier this year, teacher Raymond Kane proposed the Louisiana trip to the committee, which gave its unanimous support.

Each participating student will perform 40 hours of community service in Buras, La., a community that suffered 100-percent devastation during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kane explained at the time.

Organized through Louisiana-based Emergency Communities, 15 to 20 students can participate in the trip, he said.

Kane noted that the students planned to hold fund-raisers to help fellow students who cannot afford the cost of $700 per student.

At least a dozen students have signed up to perform in the benefit show to raise money for the trip, said Moore.

“It should be a very nice evening,” he said.

The musical benefit is slated for Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the North Middlesex Regional High School, according to student representative Lauren Sciacca. The benefit is scheduled on the same day as preparations for the semi-formal dance, but students and parents should be able to attend both events based on the timing, she explained. The same-day scheduling wasn’t intentional, she noted.

The preparations planned for the day before the semi-formal will begin right after school, so volunteers can come early and attend the band concert afterward, suggested Sciacca.

The semi-formal will carry a pirate theme, she said, and “A Night to Treasure” will be held on Jan. 20 from 7 to 11 p.m., also at the high school.

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