— To the Editor:
I was very pleased to hear about the assistance that the Avon High School orchestra and their director, Dean Westman, gave to the students from New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. I thank them for their noble acts to help those who lost so much from last year's tragic storm.
Hurricane Sandy changed many lives along our nation's Atlantic coastline, and the Avon students' generosity has helped make a difference for those students in Bridgewater, N.J. By potentially sacrificing their own success at the Grand Nationals to help out their competitors, they have demonstrated to our nation what Hoosier Hospitality is all about. In addition to helping the Bridgewater Raritan students, the more than $11,000 they collected for the Red Cross is just as impressive.
Throughout our nation's history, one of our greatest strengths has been the generosity of private citizens who help their neighbors in times of need. Indeed, caring citizens like the Avon High orchestra members can accomplish far more than the government could ever hope to do. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, and they are an inspiration to our community.
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita