continued “The students have always enjoyed these concerts, but those in the Student Senate felt this should be more of an event,” said Landry.
All of the proceeds from this year’s event will be given to the funds benefiting victims of the Aurora, Colo., and Milwaukee Sikh Temple shootings that occurred over the summer.
An hour before the concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, free pizza and ice cream will be served while a local Sikh group comes to speak about tolerance. They will also serve some traditional foods and answer questions. Member from the Pride Center of the Capital Region will also bein attendance. The concert will follow.
The principal said he chose the beneficiaries of this year’s concert following a bullying incident involving a Sikh student at the high school. The incident stuck with Landry.
“After the shooting occurred, I felt this could be a good teaching opportunity and a way for us as a school community to show our support,” he said.
Student Senate Co-Presidents Jamie Rosen and Meghan McFerran said they hope students will be interested in getting involved to earn tickets or decide to attend on their own because they have seen a decline in attendance to student events over the past several years.
“We want to reinforce positive behavior,” said McFerran. “It’s what leads to success and unity within our school.
They also said today’s generation of students are facing different forms of bullying and learning how to be a positive presence in school is more important now than ever.
“Social media isn’t going away,” said Rosen. “It’s unavoidable, but it needs to be used appropriately and students need to learn that what they put out there can hurt people.”
The concert will be on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the high school, with events beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by emailing the principal at email@example.com.