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New Hampshire High School Lends a Helping Hand to Parkland

The music department at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire is reaching out to Majority Stoneman Douglas High, where a gunman killed 17 students last Wednesday

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    Music students at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire are collecting donations for Majory Stoneman Douglas High School students after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida where a former student killed 17 people.

    Jeremiah Richardson and Alexa Connelly and some of their peers walked from classroom to classroom with donation buckets collecting cash and coins.

    "A lot of people don't think they can do anything but really they can," said 15-year-old Alexa Connelly.

    "Everybody was so excited to think that we could do something like that for another community," said 18-year-old Jeremiah Richardson.

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    Spaulding's music director and another music teacher already had trip planned to Florida.

    "Can we do something from our school, you know what should we, what do you think we should do," said Spaulding Music Director Joanne Houston. "I said let's go in and have a chat with the kids and see where they're at, because obviously it was very upsetting for all of them."

    They're going to deliver money, an ROTC seal, handwritten letter and their leadership eagle because of Douglas High School's mascot, in person.

    "We would just like to meet the adults and say this is from New Hampshire," said Houston.

    "When something happens that just makes you think wow that could happen anywhere, that could have happened to us," said Connelly.

    Spaulding High School said they want Douglas High School to know they stand with them.

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    "The change that they want is what a lot of people are wanting and we will fight until we get there," said Jeremiah Richardson.

    The students have collected more than $3,000 so far.

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