Lodi High students Tyson Evans and Preston Dillon wanted to do something to reach out to their less-fortunate peers.
Using their talents as members of the band Second to Last, the two have decided to hold a charity concert and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the school's Holiday Team. The show is set for Dec. 11.
"We basically wanted to show that punk rock and hardcore aren't just scenes made up of crazy kids who don't care about the world around them," Evans said. "We're all kids who know what it's like when hard economic times hit, and we wanted to show that you can do things to reach out to others in your own town."
Lodi High's Holiday Team was founded two years ago when teachers discovered two students who had recently lost a parent were living in an unheated garage and eating only tortillas. Staff decided something needed to be done and started collecting money.
Since then, dozens of students and their families have received food baskets and warm clothing from Lodi High School staff during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays.
Administrative Assistant Dyan Yanez, who heads up the school's efforts, said after a News-Sentinel article was published earlier in November, new donations for the program came into her office. "But what has struck me most is the kids," she said in an e-mail. "I'm very thankful for these great kids who want to help their classmates. They are doing what they can do to make a difference. It's almost like it spreads."
The $5 concert admission will go toward buying food and gifts for the school's neediest students and their families.
Evans and Dillon talked their idea over with three other bands who felt the same way about reaching out.
"The reason we chose the other bands is because we all know what it's like to need a bit of help and we believe in giving back," Evans said.
"I remember being impacted by bands and hearing messages of hope through bands like set your goals, strike anywhere and have heart, and we feel it's our job to show others the same and that this music is more than a volume level or catchy songs.
"It's about honesty and changing the world around through sharing experiences."
Other bands to perform at next week's concert include Hear the Sirens, Worthwhile and The Story So Far. For more information, contact Yanez at 331-7676.
When: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Where: Calvary Bible Church, 18621 N. Highway 99, Acampo
Cost: $5 entrance fee for four bands.
Why: To benefit Lodi High School's Holiday Team
This story was updated at 6:40 a.m. Dec. 1, 2009, to correct information about the concert.