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Maine-Endwell students find comfort through song

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Maine-Endwell students find comfort through song
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Communities across the country are sending their thoughts and prayers to the Sandy Hook community. One group of students in the Southern Tier is offering their support through song. Our Elyse Mickalonis shows us their message.

BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- They say music soothes the soul, a theory that band students at Maine-Endwell High School hope is true.

“Being able to offer what talents you have to brighten their day or reach out and say, ‘We’re here, we care and if you need anything, we’re here for you,’” said Jordan Loretz, a Maine-Endwell senior.

Here for those struggling to deal with the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“We can’t know what they feel, but we can feel for them,” said Robin Linaberry, Maine-Endwell’s band director.

Linaberry formed a plan with his students on Monday, a way to offer hope for the Newtown community and his students didn’t expect any less.

“When I found out about the shooting, I figured Mr. Linaberry was going to do something,” said Kaitlin Cox, a Maine-Endwell senior.

Linaberry added, "Music is the great healer. And in a nation where we turn on the TV see brutality and role models like cage fighters, angry housewives and Honey Boo Boo, it’s nice that we can use music to continue to create sensitivity and empathy."

They decided to play “A Childhood Hymn,” record it and send it to the Newtown school district. But Linaberry’s students didn’t see the music until Tuesday morning and for some, that was a little intimidating.

“I was nervous we wouldn’t do it justice,” said Loretz.

Cox added, “We were more dedicated to learning this piece and trying to play it better than everything else.”

“Last year, we played a song about the death of JFK, but we didn’t understand that, but this is us,’ said Cox. “This is what happened in our lives. This is little kids.”

Loretz added, “Mr. Lindaberry, you could see it in his eyes he was feeling the pain and struggle behind the music. It was really powerful to be a part of that.”

The perfect harmony of hope and remembrance.

Students and staff say they don't know if anyone in the district will hear their song. But they're happy to have put all the hard work and effort into a composition, just in case someone does.

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